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.
“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.
There’s still time to register for the California Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference on Feb. 16-17. This year’s conference will be held virtually, utilizing the Zoom webinar and meetings features.
Are we there yet?
It’s a question we have all heard that usually indicates the trip has been way too long. We can certainly say that about this past year!! It has been filled with stops and starts, bumps and potholes, and some very sharp twists and turns that have made us all a little nervous and fearful. It has even stopped us in our tracks a few times.
Will Glaspie, director of volunteer services, at Oroville Hospital is retiring this month after a 40+-year career in health care. Before he heads off to enjoy his well-earned retirement, CAHHS had a few questions for him. Some answers have been edited for clarity.
1. How long have you been the director of volunteer services with Oroville Hospital?
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” ― Fred Rogers
Years from now, when we look back on the past year, we will undoubtedly be filled with memories of struggle. The struggle to cope with an unprecedented crisis in modern times that had led to isolation for hundreds of millions, illness for millions more, and death for hundreds of thousands.
Welcome to the new CAHHS Volunteer Services monthly newsletter – Volunteer Heartbeat: The Pulse of California Hospital Volunteers – designed for California’s hospital volunteers and volunteer program leaders.