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section-titleVolunteers Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I become a volunteer at Woodstock General Hospital?

Answer. Request an application package by contacting

Call or e-mail the Coordinator of Volunteer Services.  Upon receipt of your completed application

, including three

and references


an interview will be scheduled. Following a successful interview,

references will be checked and

you will be

required to attend a general orientation session. A

provided with a health screening checklist.  The health screening must be completed prior to commencing your volunteer placement.

Question: How   If no openings are available in your preferred area, you will be contacted and your application put on file for six months.

How often do I have to volunteer?

Answer. Volunteer shifts vary but are generally one 3 hour shift per week. Most of our services are weekdays with limited evening/weekends.

Question: How The weekly commitment can vary anywhere from one to four hours depending on the needs of the department.  Most volunteers are here for one shift a week.

How much of a time commitment do I have to make?

Answer. We

We ask for a minimum commitment

of six months to one year

because anything less can be more of a hindrance than a help to our busy staff. The


application process is very time consuming and a shorter commitment may not be fair to all those involved in the process.

Question: What What are the qualifications/requirements for becoming a volunteer?

Answer. No

No experience is required. All volunteers must have a two-step T.B. skin test and provide up-to-date immunization data.

Students must be at least 15 years of age and attending high school. Emergency Room volunteers are encouraged to enroll in our Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training.

Question: How Attendance at a half-day orientation session is mandatory.

How are placement decisions made?

Answer. Volunteering

Volunteering should be a good match for both yourself and the hospital. Every effort will be made to meet your request however,


it will depend on vacancies, as well as your skills, availability and suitability to the position. An interview and reference checks help to influence our decision. All placements are at the discretion of the Coordinator of Volunteer Services.

Question: Can Can I work wherever I want?

Answer. Requests will be considered, however volunteers

No. Volunteers only work in areas in which staff have expressed a need for volunteer help and where there are current openings. If you are interested in a specific area and we have a need, chances are good that your request will be approved.

Question: Can We do not recommend that volunteers work in any areas where they have not been trained.

Can I take holidays?

Answer. Yes

Yes, of course. But we expect you to let us know when you

are going on holidays and when you

will be


away and your expected return. Any volunteer who does not work for one month (without letting us know) will be dismissed. Absences must be reported to your placement supervisor.

Question: Can Can I volunteer if I need community service hours?

Answer. We

We encourage community involvement, however our placements require a regular on-going commitment. Those who volunteer on a regular basis provide continuity to our patients and staff and have a more fulfilling volunteer experience. For this reason, we have decided not to approve short-term placements. Students

who are registered for the Youth Program and provide 60 hours throughout the school year may receive verification of hours for their high school diploma upon request

are an exception.

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