Volunteers give selflessly of themselves and are vital to California’s hospitals. They staff the gift shops, answer phones, work hand in hand with staff, and more in order to help hospitals run smoothly. The California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Network, previously recognized as the Committee on Volunteer Services and Directors’ Coordinating Council, is essential in linking hospital volunteer leaders, hospital administrations, and other hospital community representatives throughout the state. The network members plan and recommend policies and standards for volunteer activities in hospitals and health systems throughout the state.
Since 1954 the Volunteer Services Department of the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (CAHHS) has promoted and supported health care volunteerism in the state’s hospitals and health systems. For more information, contact the CAHHS Volunteer Services Department at (916) 552-7648 or [email protected]
State of Volunteer Programs It’s been nearly 15 months since the COVID-19 pandemic closed most hospital volunteer programs, and we are finally beginning to see an influx of volunteers returning to the hospital setting. In 2020, we requested your assistance with response to three similar questionnaires related to the impact of COVID-19 in hospital volunteer […]
In 2015 I was hired to help re-open a small, district hospital. I had a lot of experience in my field, communications, but it was my first job in health care. The CEO asked me if I would manage the Auxiliary, about 30 women — most retired — with varied backgrounds. A few had been […]
Volunteer-related articles of interest from CAHHS Volunteer Services monthly newsletter
International Market Centers (IMC) serves as the most comprehensive gift, home décor, and furniture market in the United States. Each year, buyers and sellers from around the world gather in both Atlanta and Las Vegas for a multi-day event of networking, education, and product purchasing. As a CAHHS member, hospital gift shop retail buyers are […]
“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” – Helen Dyer The COVID-19 crisis has deeply touched every one of us. From those who suffered financial hardships to those who experienced prolonged periods of isolation to […]
As if giving the go-ahead nod to April’s Volunteer Month, Sharp has made the long-awaited announcement that our volunteer programs are resuming across the System. Our much-missed volunteers are able to resume helping patients bedside in non-COVID areas, and with some other restrictions still in place, but the good news is they’re on their way […]
Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the many passionate volunteers who donate their time, offer their talents, share their skills, and provide vital support to causes they care about in their hospital and community. This year’s annual week of recognition is April 18-24.
Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the many passionate volunteers who donate their time, offer their talents, share their skills, and provide vital support to causes they care about in their hospital and community. This year’s annual week of recognition is April 18-24. In what has been an […]
Established in 2003 and observed each April, National Donate Life Month is a time designed to draw attention to organ donation and motivate individuals to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.