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.

Volunteers Are California’s Helpers

“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.

Volunteer Heartbeat

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. 

Hospital Gift Shop Peer Learning Discussion Group

Join hospital gift shop peers – volunteers and paid staff – in a weekly Zoom session to discuss the impact COVID-19 has on current hospital gift shop operations.

You’re encouraged to share updates, discuss challenges and ask questions with fellow peers who are together learning how to navigate these unprecedented times. 

Complete the form below to be added to the list.  

Share Your Story of Gratitude

For some people, volunteering is about giving. But for the likes of you, it is a way of living … thank you. – Unknown 

The benefits of volunteering are endless. Foundationally, it all starts with a wealth of emotions that overcome oneself when you set out on your volunteer assignment – a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you’re making a difference in your life and the lives of others.  

CAHHS Volunteer Services Department Vision and Mission


Volunteer Services is an organization that can lessen the economic burden on the system, one that becomes part of a whole team whose sole purpose is to heal and comfort.


Volunteers assigned to each hospital department.
Volunteers creating a measurable impact in keeping California’s hospitals open.
Uniformity of programs and services in California’s hospital volunteer programs.
Volunteers creating a measurable impact in health care advocacy campaigns.