Volunteer at RVH
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants may have several questions even before they start the application process. We have provided answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
High School applicants must be entering grade 11.
I only need 40 hours for my High School graduation requirement. Can I still apply?
You may still apply, but documentation will not be provided until you have completed 6 months or 75 hours of volunteering.
My friend and I would like to volunteer together. Is this possible?
We understand that volunteering with a friend is a fun thing to do. If you are both selected, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed on the same shift or the same area but we will try to accommodate if appropriate.
When are volunteer shifts? Can I volunteer more than once a week?
Shifts vary from 3 - 4 hours in length. Monday through Sunday. Your volunteer schedule will not change. We recommend that you start off with one shift per week to get a feeling for the area you are volunteering in and then consider taking on an additional shift at a later time.
Can I volunteer in whatever area I want?
Volunteers are placed in areas that are in need for volunteer assistance. Your interest and availability will be discussed during the interview to ensure a successful placement.
If I'm professionally trained, may I practice my profession as a volunteer?
Unfortunately, no. We welcome volunteers with health care backgrounds; however, volunteers must work within the scope of the volunteer role. Volunteering will not provide you with an opportunity to practice or develop clinical or technical skills or provide an outlet for employment.
Can I take holidays?
Yes, of course. However, we ask volunteers to try and replace themselves during their time away.
Is there a volunteer uniform?
All volunteers are required to wear a vest or apron (depending on service) with a white shirt underneath.
Will I be charged for parking?
Complimentary parking is provided for active volunteers.
Once I apply, how long do I have to wait to hear if I'm accepted?
We receive many high quality applications. Applicants who apply online will receive an automated reply acknowledging receipt of their application. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you have not heard from us in 3 months please re-apply.