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.

2022 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Virtual Conference

The 2022 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference, will take place virtually, February 22-23 via Zoom. Our conference theme – Moving Forward | United Together – 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, […]

Networking Discussion Opportunity – Volunteer-Auxiliary-Led Gift Shops Follow-Up

Thank you to those who participated in the Volunteer-Auxiliary-Led Gift Shops Zoom networking discussion. We hope you found the discussion beneficial. Your feedback is valuable to the success of future educational offerings. Please take this opportunity to let us know about your session experience by completing this short questionnaire.  Thank you to those who shared […]

2022 Conference Offers Parliamentarian Procedures Session for Volunteer Leaders

California State Association of Parliamentarians (CSAP) President, Sally F. LaMacchia, Esq., PRP, will present Parliamentary Essentials for Active Members during the virtual 2022 California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference, Feb. 22-23. This educational session, comprised of three short presentations What Does a Parliamentarian Do? Active Membership Skills Say It Now – This is How is designed […]

Setting the table for hungry Californians

Over the course of a year, nearly 8 million Californians don’t have enough to eat. Food insecurity is now a major concern throughout the state. But in several cities, hospitals are stepping up, taking a stand against hunger, and helping to feed their communities.

Networking Discussion Opportunity – Volunteer Compliance Follow-Up

Thank you to those who participated in the Zoom networking discussion on volunteer compliance. The discussion was lively, engaging, and left members wanting more Zoom networking opportunities. Complete this short questionnaire to indicate your topics of interest.  Thank you to Maryellen Brady, director, volunteer services with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford for sharing your volunteer checklist discussed […]

Hospital Fundraising Opportunities

With the holiday season upon us and another year coming to an end, there is still time to safely fundraise for your hospital volunteer program. Learn more from hospital volunteer leadership conference sponsors, See’s Candies and Masquerade Fundraising, about fundraising opportunities that best fit your hospital program.  ’Tis the See’son for Festive Fundraising with See’s […]

CAHHS Volunteer Services

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 volunteers@calhospital.org.

Need Your Input on Two Questionnaires

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 […]

Story of Gratitude

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 […]