Step 1- Initial Contact
If you are interested in volunteering at Eastern Health, please contact the Coordinator, Volunteer Resources at the site at which you are interested in volunteering. The coordinator will provide a thorough overview of the steps involved in applying for a volunteer placement.
Step 2 – Applying
Once you have discussed the application process with the Coordinator, you must submit an application to volunteer. This includes completing the volunteer application form and the reference form (in which you must provide two current references).
Step 3 - The Interview
Once the Coordinator has received your application and reference forms, they will contact you to schedule an interview. The interview is one way of finding out more about you and your interests. During the interview, we encourage you to ask any questions you may have about volunteering at Eastern Health.
Step 4 - Criminal Record & Vulnerable Sector Checks
All individuals who apply for volunteer placements at Eastern Health are required to complete a criminal record check
and a vulnerable sector check
. There is no cost to volunteers to have these checks performed.
For volunteers interested in volunteering at a St. John’s health care facility, the criminal record and vulnerable sector checks are completed by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). Please visit their office at 1 Fort Townshend, St. John's, or their website or contact the Coordinator for full details on how to obtain these checks.
For volunteers interested in volunteering at a health care facility in Rural Avalon, Clarenville, Bonavista or Burin please contact the Coordinator
in your area for full details on how to obtain these checks.
Step 5 – Health Screening
All individuals who apply for volunteer placements at Eastern Health are required to undergo a health screening process which assists us in making informed placement decisions. Health screening programs for health care organizations is a requirement of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Do not proceed with the health screening process until meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator. As part of this screening program, volunteers are required to provide documentation confirming the following:
1) Immunization status
2) Tuberculin testing results
3) Blood test results for immune status of Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (Chicken Pox).
Youth between the ages of 14-17 years are required to provide signed parental/guardian consent to have the TB testing performed.
Please refer to the section on Health Screening for more detailed information.
Step 6 - The Offer
When a successful match is made between your skills and abilities and an available position, the Coordinator will offer you a volunteer position. If you decide to accept the offer, the Coordinator will discuss a start date with you.
Step 7 - Orientation & Training
On your first day, you should come to the Volunteer Services Office at the site at which you will be volunteering to meet the Coordinator or designate at the agreed upon time.
You will receive a laminated photo ID and uniform (if needed for your placement). This is to ensure that volunteers are identifiable by staff, security, patients, residents and clients. The Coordinator or designate will give you a general orientation to the volunteer office (lockers, signing in/out), the organization, its applicable policies and procedures and other pertinent information you will need to know while volunteering.
You will also meet your placement supervisor (who may be a staff member or a volunteer) who will provide further training and guidance relevant to your volunteer position.
You are now ready to begin volunteering!
Step 8 – Questions or Feedback?
If you have any questions or feedback about the application process, please contact a Coordinator