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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer ProgramsBelow are some of our common volunteer opportunities. Visit eRecruit, Eastern Health's online recruiting web page, to view the most current volunteer opportunities and submit your volunteer application electronically.
Most of Eastern Health’s hospitals and long term care sites have an affiliated auxiliary. Members of the auxiliaries are involved in many different volunteer functions and program delivery, however their main purpose is to fundraise and engage in other revenue generating activities which contribute financial support to care at the affiliated site. To find out more about our many auxiliaries or to become a member please contact a Coordinator, Volunteer Resources 
Beauty Parlor
Volunteers assist staff by escorting residents and patients to and from their units to the beauty parlor, assisting the beautician with making hair appointments and other duties as requested.
Bliss Murphy Cancer Clinic
Volunteers visit with Cancer Clinic patients and their families to provide companionship and support.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops
Volunteer to help others learn to manage their health better. Become a workshop leader and help co-facilitate Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops called Improving Health: My Way. For more information click here. To register, call the self-managemenmt coodinator at (709) 752-3946 or toll free at 1-866-880-8998
Volunteers who are themselves, or have family members that have been patients/clients/residents of Eastern Health within the last 3 years can sit on various committees to give feedback and improve care. For example, a client and family advisor may be asked to provide input or help out with short-term projects or activities, such as a review of program pamphlets, signage or assist with survey questions or questionnaires to help us evaluate services. For more information, please visit How to Apply - Client and Family Advisors.
Clinic/Office Support
Volunteers assist healthcare and support staff in various clinic and office areas with a variety of related duties.  

Clinical Area Support
Volunteers assist nursing and other healthcare and support staff with various duties as required in clinically-based areas such as nursing units.

Community Outings
Volunteers assist Therapeutic Recreation staff in taking clients on community outings (e.g. movies, shopping, exercise classes).  

Foundation Office
Eastern Health has six affiliated foundations. These foundations are dedicated to raising funds to meet the financial needs of their affiliated health care site(s) and program(s). 

Friendly Visiting
Volunteers visit with patients and residents to offer companionship, support and or assistance with meals.
Volunteers participate in various fundraising activities (e.g. selling tickets). Revenue generated contributes to the financial support of patient and resident care.

Gift and/or Thrift Shop
Gift shops are located at various sites throughout Eastern Health. The operation of the gift shops relies on the support of volunteers. All proceeds from sales contribute to the financial support of patient and resident care. Volunteers in the gift shop assist customers with purchases and help in the overall operation of the shop during scheduled hours.
Library and/or Gift Carts
Volunteers provide patients and residents with reading material through the library cart or via an opportunity to purchase gift shop items through the gift cart.

Meal Time Assistance
Volunteers assist patients and residents with their meals.
Movie Program
Volunteers provide patients with TVs and DVDs to use during their stay.
Volunteers have the opportunity to share their musical talent by providing entertainment to residents and patients.
Palliative Care
Palliative Care volunteers have a unique role in that they interact with patients and families experiencing the death and dying process. Palliative Care volunteers are required to attend a twelve hour orientation session to better prepare them for their volunteer position.
Pastoral Care Services
Volunteers provide patients, residents and their families with spiritual support through visitation, gathering for prayer and worship and supportive care for individual requests.
Phoning Program
Volunteers phone patients to remind them of their upcoming appointment.

Therapy Dog Program 
Therapy Dog Services offered through St. John Ambulance, enables a volunteer pet-handler and their dog to visit with patients and residents of Eastern Health’s hospitals and long term care sites. Residents and patients of all ages enjoy the physical and emotional connection to the therapy dogs.
Therapeutic Recreation
Volunteers assist therapeutic recreation staff with various leisure and recreational activities involving patients and residents.
Therapeutic Clowning
Therapeutic clown volunteers visit with clients to help reduce stress which may be associated with being hospitalized.
Many volunteer opportunities are site specific. Please inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Volunteer Coordinator at the site you are interested in volunteering contact us. 


Updated Jul 16, 2019