Volunteers can have an incredibly positive impact on the lives of patients, visitors and staff. Discover just how rewarding the experience can be at VCH.
Why volunteer with us?
Volunteers are essential to the quality care we provide at Vancouver Coastal Health. As a volunteer, you can make a difference while building new skills, exploring careers in health care, gaining experience for future employment or educational plans and meeting new people.
What are some of the important ways that volunteers contribute in your area?
- Information desk and wayfinding
- Friendly visitor, music therapy and pet therapy
- Inpatient and outpatient clinics support
- Special events
- Mental Health Program support
How much time do I need to commit?
As a general rule, we ask volunteers to commit two to three hours per week for a minimum of six months. Depending on the site and the volunteer position you're most interested in, the suggested time commitment may be longer than six months.
Apply to volunteer
Contact the Volunteer Resources department below to apply in the area where you'd like to volunteer. The application process may take four to eight weeks and includes a Ministry of Justice criminal record check initiated by Vancouver Coastal Health. A personal interview, reference checks, orientation session, and training will follow.
Address: 231 East 15th Street, North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 2L7
Phone: (604) 984-5929
Includes Lions Gate Hospital Hospice, Margaret Fulton Adult Day Centre, West Vancouver Adult Day Centre, Community Health Centre Clinics, Diners Club Congregate Meals, Cedarview Lodge, Cedar Gardens, Berkley Care Centre, Evergreen House, Gift Shop and Thrift Shop.
Address: 7000 Westminster Highway, Richmond, B.C. V6X 1A2
Phone: (604) 278-9711 ext. 4731
Fax: (604) 244-5451
Information sheet for VCH Richmond applicants
Includes Richmond Hospital, Minoru Residence Long Term Care, Richmond Lions Manor Bridgeport, Richmond Community Health Access Center, and seasonal vaccine clinics.
Richmond volunteer application form
Sunshine Coast - Lower
Address: 5630 Inlet Ave, Box 2420, Sechelt, B.C. V0N 3A0
Phone: (604) 885-8517
Fax: (604) 741-0728
The Sunshine Coast Coordinator is available from Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Includes Sunshine Coast; Home and Community Care, Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Drivers, Volunteer Shopping, Telephone Tree, Friendly Visitor, and Volunteer Income Tax Service.
Address: 2775 Heather Street, 1st Floor, Room 104A, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 3J5
Phone: (604) 875-4608
Fax: (604) 875-5425
Includes Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, George Pearson Centre, Adanac Lodge, Banfield, Dogwood Lodge, Little Mountain Place, Purdy Pavilion, Windermere Care Centre Vancouver Community Volunteer Programs.
Learn more about Vancouver Volunteer programs and how to apply