Jamie Hastings, Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Phone: 519-621-2333 Ext. 2401
The first step to joining our team is to complete the Volunteer Application Package. The Application Package can be downloaded by clicking on the "Volunteer Application" button. It may also be picked up at the Information Desk on the 1st Level, just outside of Tim Horton's.Volunteer Application
Prospective volunteers must complete the entire application package, including:
- 2 references which must be provided, signed and completed
- Police records check with Vulnerable Sector
Once completed, please contact Volunteer Resources at 519-621-2333 ext 2401 to set up a volunteer interview.
- All applicants are screened by Volunteer Resources. As part of the screening process, volunteers will have a health review which includes a two step T.B. skin test
- Volunteer Resources will interview, select, and place volunteers
- Volunteers are placed according to the needs of the Hospital, patients, and families as well as the volunteers interests and skill level
- All volunteers must attend a general orientation session
- Placement, start date & training information will be confirmed at this session
- Volunteers will sign a letter of commitment and a confidentiality agreement
Area Specific Training
- Upon completion of Volunteer Orientation, all volunteers will be required to attend area specific training session prior to starting their placement
Criteria to Apply
- All Volunteers are members of the Volunteer Association.
- Adult volunteers are 19 years of age or older.
- Volunteens are between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Teen Volunteers are required to contribute at least 2 hours a week, one half-day (4 hours) per week or more depending on availability and interest.
- For Adults we require a minimum commitment of 6 months. Student volunteers are required to contribute at least 2 hours per week, and make a minimum commitment of 60 hours OR 20 hours for the summer program (July & August)
All volunteers are required to complete a 2-step TB skin test and communicable disease assessment. This is a requirement under the Ontario Public Hospitals Act. It is for the protection of our patients as well as for yourself. At the time of the placement interview, we will ensure you make an appointment with our Employee Health Department. They will need to know your immune status for Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis and other common communicable diseases. Blood tests may be required.
Volunteers working between the months of October to March are encouraged to receive an annual influenza vaccination, available at the hospital, free of charge, for all volunteers.
Criminal Reference Checks
As part of the screening process, we are requesting a Police Records Check to be completed. Cambridge Memorial Hospital provides services to people who are considered a vulnerable population and for this reason, a Police Records Check (PRC) is necessary. All volunteers must have a PRC completed before being placed. The cost of the Police Records Check is the responsibility of the applicant. All information will be handled with the strictest confidence for your respect and privacy. Instructions for completing a criminal reference check is provided as part of the Application Package.
Volunteers must wear a Volunteer Vest & Name tag at all times when on duty. Volunteers must follow the general dress code as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook. Appropriate clothing is neat, safe and respectful of the patients, staff and visitors. The hospital is a scent-free environment.
You must wait 6 months after being a inpatient or out-patient of the hospital before you apply to volunteer.*