Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When and how often will I volunteer?
A: Usual practice involves coming in to volunteer once a week for 2-4 hours, on the same day and at the same time each week. The day and time is decided mutually and will be dependent on when the volunteer is free and where the vacancies are.
Q: Can I get a written reference letter?
A: Volunteers who complete the minimum requirement of hours/time may request a letter of confirmation of their volunteer service. We are unable to provide written references.
Q: How old do I have to be to volunteer?
A: The minimum age to volunteer at BCHS is 15 years. You must be the minimum age by the time you begin to volunteer.
Q: Can I choose the area in which I volunteer?
A: Volunteers are placed according to the needs of our patients and family, as requested by staff and depending on suitability. Your preferences and availability will be discussed at your interview.
Q: Can I volunteer in more than one area or more than one shift per week?
A: We suggest that new volunteers begin with one shift per week. If your attendance is regular, we may allow additional shifts if there are suitable openings. Students participating in our Summer Program may be assigned to multiple days/areas depending on their schedule.
Q: Can I complete my 40 hours of community involvement for my secondary school credit?
A: You may use your hospital hours towards this commitment, however please be advised that we will not issue a Letter of Confirmation or sign any school paperwork until you have completed our minimum student requirement of 60 hours.
Q: Is it possible for me to shadow a doctor or other healthcare professional?
A: Shadowing opportunities are not provided through your volunteer placement
Q: How long does it take for me to start volunteering?
A: Health screening and the police clearance can take up to 4 – 6 weeks. The length of time from application to starting will depend on how quickly these requirements are completed by the applicant.