There are many reasons people choose to volunteer. For some, it’s a way to give back to the community, and for others, it’s a way to develop new skills or build on existing ones. Island Health volunteers are the heart of our uncompromising dedication to the community.
Volunteers provide a friendly face while helping patients, family members and visitors with wayfinding and answering questions. They contribute to patient satisfaction and help reduce worry of family members when waiting for a loved one in surgery. As an Island Health volunteer, you receive complimentary meals at Island Bistro, as well as complimentary coffee and tea while on your shift. We are also proud to offer our cardiopulmonary gym to our volunteers for use during non-patient hours.
Many of our volunteers have developed lasting friendships through their commitment of time and talent. They state that the best benefit of being a part of our program is the extreme sense of pride and empowerment they feel in giving back to our community.
Once a year during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we invite our Island Health Volunteers for a celebration luncheon to show how much they are appreciated. It is a time where new and longtime volunteers come together with our staff, to be acknowledged for the work and care they have shown Island Health and our patients. Our volunteers are amazing!
Looking to the Future
This year many volunteers retired, including some who have been here since 2001 and have given more than 10,000 hours of their time to our organization. This opens the door for several volunteer positions at Island Health in many departments. Various days and shifts are available for Greeters, Laboratory and Surgery volunteers throughout the week. In many other positions, volunteers can decide with the department manager a day and time that works for their schedules.
- Greeter – Main Entrance
- Lab Services Desk
- Marketing & Communications
- Pastoral Care – Chaplain
The current requirements for volunteering at Island Health are:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Commit to volunteering for at least six months, serving a minimum of 100 hours
• Pass a background check
• Pass a health screening and provide vaccination records
• Attend a two-hour orientation
• Complete annual NetLearning modules
We are currently working on getting our youth volunteer program up and running and hope to have it in place by summer 2023. Contact our Volunteer Services department at 360.299.1397 to find out how you can help put your talents to work, making a difference for our patients and staff.
Published on March 10, 2023