About Volunteers

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.

Spotlight on Two California Hospital Thrift Shops 

In California, hospital volunteer auxiliaries and programs operate thrift shops to support their hospital and community needs. In honor of National Thrift Shop Day (Aug. 17), CHA’s Volunteer Services department asked two long-standing thrift stores — Antelope Valley Medical Center’s New to You in Lancaster and Grossmont Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary’s Thrift Korral in La Mesa — about their current operations. Read their responses online

Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

National Thrift Shop Day, which is recognized annually on Aug. 17, celebrates the joy of finding affordable, one-of-a-kind items, and raising funds to support charitable organizations. In the 2023 ThredUp Resale Report, 52% of consumers shopped second-hand apparel in 2022. With an influx of younger generations focused on the impact of their carbon footprint and […]

2023 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference

The 2023 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference, in its 60th year, will be held in-person at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, February 21-22, 2023. The conference reflects connectivity and the importance of adapting our programs for the current health care landscape. The intended audience is volunteer leaders, volunteers, paid staff who manage volunteer programs, community partners, […]

2023 Volunteer Leadership Conference Dates Set, Presentation Proposals Requested

CAHHS is excited to announce the 60th annual California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference will be held in-person only Feb. 21-22, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Hospital volunteer leaders, paid staff who manage volunteer programs, and community partners looking to expand their volunteer knowledge are encouraged to attend. The two-day conference will offer educational sessions, […]

Virtual Vendor Showcase for Hospital Gift Shop Buyers

Thank you to the participants and vendor presenters who participated in the Virtual Vendor Showcase Zoom session Aug. 2. Session materials are now available. Session Info The Las Vegas Market is currently hosting its annual summer market, where top vendors are showcasing popular trending products for hospital gift shop buyers to offer their patients, visitors, […]

Celebrate National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is a time of celebration, to honor and pay recognition to the thousands of volunteers supporting California hospitals. CAHHS Volunteer Services thanks all California hospital volunteers — and those who guide volunteer programs — for your strength, flexibility, and dedication to your hospital and community. Your unwavering commitment to hospital volunteerism positively […]