To become a volunteer at KGH, you must first complete the application process. Once the following steps are complete we will help you select a placement and will arrange training for you.
1) Application and Reference Check Form (two required):
While we accept applications year-round, there are special circumstances for some students:
- If you are a post-secondary student whose commitment is limited to the fall/winter school term or the spring/summer term, see below for application deadline details.
- If you are in grade 11, 12 or your fifth or returning year, see below for more details.
- If you would like more information about our summer program for high school students of all grades, see below.
Once you have submitted your application form and we have received two confidential references, we will contact you to arrange an interview. At this time we can answer your questions and talk about your experience, interests, goals and availability/schedule.
Following an interview, you will receive an invitation to attend hospital orientation where you will learn about corporate and departmental policies and procedures, including information about safety and security, infection control, confidentiality and privacy.
4) Criminal Reference Check and the vulnerable sector search
Out of respect for the safety of our patients and their families, we ask that you complete a criminal reference check as well as a vulnerable sector search. These can be obtained through the Kingston Police. If you have completed a CRC/VSS within three months of your application submission, you do not need to repeat the process. The cost of a CRC/VSS is determined by your local police service. Kingston General Hospital can reimburse you for this expense after you complete three months of consistent service. To be reimbursed please keep your original receipt. If you are asked to provide proof that we require a police records check with the vulnerable sector search as part of our selection process, email the Volunteer Services Coordinator to request a personalized letter.
5) Health Screening
Following the interview, and prior to confirmation of a program and shift time assignment, you must submit the results of a negative two-step tuberculosis (TB) test and provide proof of immunization. You will be provided with a medical form that your primary health care provider can complete. We encourage you to investigate no-cost options for this expense. A request for reimbursement can be submitted after three months of consistent service.
Expected Time Commitment
We ask for a minimum commitment of one-shift per week for a minimum of six months, or an agreed upon project or event-based agreement can be arranged. The weekly commitment can vary anywhere from one to four hours depending on the needs of the program. However, what is more important than the number of hours you contribute, is that you are consistent, reliable and dependable. At the time of placement, we will provide you with a list of current vacant shifts to choose from.
We have different application intake processes for post-secondary students, depending on their expected length of stay in Kingston.
For those who live in Kingston/Area on a year-round basis and/or can make at least a 10 to 12 month commitment, we accept applications anytime
- If you are only here for the fall and winter terms we have an application/reference form deadline of March 31st. This allows us to consider all applicants before we begin interviews in April for volunteers to start in September. In early September, we will determine how many volunteers we require for fall and winter and if additional interviews are required we will contact applicants who applied after the March 31 deadline.
- If you are only available for spring and summer shifts, we have an application/reference form deadline of April 30th. You must be available to i) volunteer from May through to August, ii) attend an interview by May 5th and iii) be available to attend hospital orientation on the evening of May 8th.
Please refer to the application steps outlined above for more details on the full application process and to print the required forms.
KGH accepts applications from grade 11, 12 and fifth or returning year students who are interested in volunteering on a weekly basis and who can meet the minimum six month commitment. Students with an interest in a health care related career will be given top priority and we ask that at least one of your two references provided be a guidance counsellor or teacher.
Interested students can email the program coordinator with the following information:
- Which grade you are currently in
- Your motivation for volunteering at KGH
- The minimum length of time you are available
An application form and reference form will be emailed in reply or you can stop by our office on Connell 1 to pick up the forms. Please refer to the application steps outlined above for more details on the full application process and to print the required forms.
High school students of all grades are encouraged to apply for our summer program (see details below).
We are looking for young people who are interested in spending time with both seniors and children, who like to get involved in activities and can share their enthusiasm with others. In return, you'll receive valuable experience in a busy acute-care hospital along with the chance to learn more about many health care and related professions. A typical day may include:
- Visiting and playing games with senior patients
- Greeting patients, families and visitors and helping with directions
- Playing with children and visiting with teens
- Delivering flowers & mail to patients
- Offering coffee cart services to clinic and ER waiting areas
- Working cash and stocking coolers in the Tuck Shop
- Assisting in the customer service area of the Cafe
- Assisting patients at mealtime
- Serving refreshments to patients in Renal Unit
- Raising funds to help purchase hospital equipment and patient comfort items.
Who can apply
The program is offered to youth between the ages of 14 and 18. If you are 13, but will be turning 14 during the course of the year, you are also eligible to apply.
Throughout the months of July and August, you must be available one-to-two days each week, Monday through Friday. Shift start and finish times will vary anywhere from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will consist of rotating through three or four areas of the hospital per-day. You'll be expected to complete at least 75 hours over the summer including mandatory orientation and program specific training.
To be offered an interview, you must be available to fully attend the specified orientation and training dates and be available to volunteer for one to two days in at least 6 of the 8 weeks of the program.
2017 DATES TO REMEMBER
- Application deadline Monday, May 15th at 3:30
- Interviews take place between May 23rd – 31st
- Orientation & Training July 4th to the 7th inclusive
- Program runs July 4th until August 25th
How to apply
Click here to print an application form and reference forms(2) or you can pick up printed copies at the KGH Volunteer Services Office on Connell 1 and at the Student Services office in area high schools.