Every day throughout the Richmond Community of Care, you'll find our volunteers making a difference. In fact, last year our over 700 Richmond volunteers provided 64,000 hours of support to 85 different program areas in both acute and community. Some of their contributions include:
Navigating 51,000 people at Richmond Hospital
Making 9,900 icepacks for new moms and 4,400 hats to keep our newborns warm for the Birth Centre
Spending 3,066 volunteer hours enhancing resident involvement in Recreation Therapy programs at Minoru Residence
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we're featuring four of our Richmond volunteers. While they work at different sites and have different backgrounds, they have in common a desire to give back to their community by improving the quality of lives of our clients.
(VCH Volunteer since November 2017)
My dog Zuzu and I are a Therapy Dog Team with St. John Ambulance and I selected Richmond Lion's Manor Bridgeport as the location in which we would like to volunteer our time.
Spending time with the residents in conversation and laughter.
Hearing life stories and memories from the residents.
I'm one of the coordinators of the B.C. National Theatre School Festival, I teach workshops for the Arts Club Theatre Co. and am a passionate gardener.
Going to a fitness class three times a week.
Jump in…do it!
(VCH Volunteer since April 2011)
I wanted to study medicine and needed to build my interpersonal skills. So, while in high school, I decided to apply for a volunteer position at Richmond Hospital.
The best part about volunteering is the interactions I have with residents and staff. There is always something interesting to learn.
I enjoy that the seniors are so happy to see me each week.
I'm working on a Master's thesis at UBC, I also play the piano and sing in a choir.
I run half-marathons.
Volunteering is a great way to learn to genuinely care for one another.
(VCH Volunteer since January 2015)
I was at Richmond Hospital with my husband and saw that people arriving for appointments or to visit got lost sometimes. I promised myself that when I retired, I was going to volunteer at the hospital helping people to find their way around.
Talking with people and making their time here less stressful.
Visiting with an elderly man who was waiting for an appointment and listening as he told me stories about his life.
I am a grandma and a gardener.
I love to walk, which may be why I like navigating!
Just do it, I guarantee you will be happy you did.
(VCH Volunteer since 2013)
I started as a volunteer with the Diners' Club program at Lion's Park during high school.
I enjoy helping the seniors to improve their life quality.
Attending the summer picnic at Lion's Park where all the tenants gather, enjoy each other's company, good food, the beautiful weather and live music.
I read and swim.
I drink lots of water everyday.
Just start volunteering and explore the numerous ways that you could contribute to other people's lives.