Volunteers Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a volunteer at Woodstock General Hospital?

Call or e-mail the Coordinator of Volunteer Services.  Upon receipt of your completed application and references an interview will be scheduled. Following a successful interview, you will be provided with a health screening checklist.  The health screening must be completed prior to commencing your volunteer placement.  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?

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?

We ask for a minimum commitment 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.

What are the qualifications/requirements for becoming a volunteer?

No experience is required. All volunteers must have a two-step T.B. skin test and provide up-to-date immunization data. Attendance at a half-day orientation session is mandatory.

How are placement decisions made?

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.

Can I work wherever I want?

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

Can I take holidays?

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

Can I volunteer if I need community service hours?

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 are an exception.