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Community Volunteer Opportunities

About Care-A-Van

Bon Secours Richmond Care-A-Van program is mission in action, where clinicians and physicians can find a unique outlet for community involvement. The Care-A-Van is a mobile health clinic that travels throughout the Greater Richmond area to provide free primary, urgent and preventive health care.

Medical services include health screenings, immunizations and school physicals for children, flu shots for adults and examination and treatment of sick uninsured patients. Volunteers also assist with the set-up and break-down of sites, helping with patient flow and registration and other tasks as requested.

About Volunteering

The Care-A-Van program is one that embraces a constantly changing environment. Each site is different, each staff is different and each patient load is different every day. This creates an exciting and varied volunteer experience for those who enjoy diversity. There is consistency in the process of the program, but the varied environments make each day unique.

Sometimes our volunteers experience language barriers with their patients. We encourage bilingual members of our community interested in volunteering to apply for our interpretation and registration positions (a proficiency test is required). Volunteers who enjoy interpreting for the program have the opportunity to advance with medical translation training.

Volunteer Requirements

Because this is a medical program, we have a few qualifications that must be met to be a volunteer:

  • Only licensed and certified physicians and clinicians can handle medical services.
  • Volunteers must have their own transportation as the site locations vary.
  • A commitment of at least two, four-hour shifts or one, eight-hour shift per month is required.
  • If you don't meet these qualifications but are still interested in volunteering, we encourage you to learn about our sister program, Reach Out & Read.

How to Volunteer

Our goal is to work with you to make the volunteer application process as seamless as possible.

  • Complete and submit the online application here.
  • Bon Secours Richmond completes the reference check.
  • The volunteer completes TB testing and obtains an ID badge while Bon Secours Richmond conducts a background check.
  • The volunteer gets staff training and a schedule.

For information about Care-A-Van volunteer opportunities, please contact Sandra Arroyo at Sandra_Arroyo@bshsi.org.

Fast Facts:

  1. Must be over 18 to volunteer.
  2. We currently do not have evening or Sunday hours.
  3. Minimum requirement is two, four hour shifts per month.
  4. Locations will vary.
  5. Personal transportation required.

About Hospice & Palliative Care

Bon Secours Hospice is a program that affirms the dignity of life. It serves people affected by an advanced illness by providing comprehensive compassionate care while respecting each individual's need, beliefs, and wishes. Hospice helps patients live comfortably in their final days and helps families cope with the care and ultimate loss of their loved one. Although it is home centered, hospice care can be provided in a variety of settings.

About Volunteering

Hospice volunteers are a vital part of the Hospice Care Team. They serve as helping hands, companions and sympathetic listeners. They assist with patient and family care as well as community outreach and education and office needs. They also serve as speakers, educators and help with special needs.

Our hospice program has volunteer opportunities in Richmond, Amelia, Charles City, Goochland, King & Queen, King William, New Kent and Powhatan Counties. If you have a skill that you think we can use such as playing an instrument, singing, graphic design, promotion or fundraising, we would like to hear your ideas and utilize your special talents. 

Volunteer Requirements

While no special skills are needed to be a hospice volunteer, we do require that you have your own means of transportation and are 18 years of age or older. The time commitment is two to four hours per month.

Click on the link below to see a listing of current volunteer placements and details regarding duties and responsibilities for each.
Community Outreach Opportunity Directory

How to Volunteer

Our goal is to work with you to make the volunteer application process as seamless as possible.

  • Complete this application.
  • Volunteer attends training session. You do not have to decide to volunteer until you complete a one day training session.
  • Bon Secours Richmond completes the reference check.
  • The volunteer completes TB testing and obtains an ID badge while Bon Secours Richmond conducts a background check and drug screening at no charge to applicant.
  • The volunteer gets staff training and assignment.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Patient/Family Support

  • Vigil Volunteers (need one year of hospice exposure)
  • Skilled Nursing Facility, Assisted Living Facility or Hospital Ambassador
  • Visiting patient homes
  • Running errands
  • Special projects: yard work, clean up and out

Bereavement

  • Low-risk telephone support calls
  • Grief & Loss Support Groups
  • Office support

Administrative

  • Data entry
  • Medical records filing
  • Answering telephones
  • Preparing admission and information packets
  • Copying and faxing
  • Newsletter

Special Projects

  • Hospitality
  • Mailings
  • Phone calls
  • Expos and fairs

Speakers' Bureau

  • Churches
  • Civic organizations
  • Non-profits

For more information about opportunities in the Richmond area please contact Ellen Manning, Volunteer Services Manager, at (804) 627-5360 or Ellen_Manning@bshsi.org.

Fast Facts:

  • Must be over 18 to volunteer.
  • Weekend and evening hours are available.
  • Minimum requirement is two to four hour per month.
  • Locations will vary.
  • Personal transportation required.

About Noah's Children

Noah's Children is a pediatric palliative care and hospice program providing care and support for children under 17, and their families, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Our unique program, one of the only in the country and the only in the area, provides compassionate care during the most difficult time a family could face.

About Volunteering

Becoming a Noah's Children volunteer presents the opportunity to work with exceptional people who are passionate about giving support and assistance to these children and their families. Volunteer opportunities range from working directly with patients and their families to assisting staff with behind-the-scenes activities.

Please visit our Website at www.noahschildren.com for more information. To volunteer, please sign up here.

About Reach Out & Read

The nationally recognized Reach Out & Read Program (ROR) provides books for young children when they visit the Richmond Community Hospital Emergency Department, the St. Mary's Hospital Emergency Pediatric Department or the mobile medical CARE-A-VANS. Volunteers transform the sites into literacy-rich areas for children and parents, while helping families learn the joys and the techniques of reading aloud.

About Volunteering

Volunteers come from all walks of life but have two important traits in common: a love of books and stories and a genuine interest in helping children. Volunteers read to children and show by example that reading aloud is enjoyable for both parents and children.

Volunteering Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Those under 18 may still apply. They simply need a parent or guardian to also apply to volunteer and accompany them during volunteer hours
  • Ability to commit to one three hour shift per month
  • Love of books and helping children

Click on the link below to see a listing of current volunteer placements and details regarding duties and responsibilities for each.

Community Outreach Opportunity Directory

How to Become a Volunteer

We are excited about your interest in volunteering and hope to make the process as simple as possible.

  • Complete and submit the online application.
  • Bon Secours Richmond completes the reference check.
  • The volunteer completes TB testing and obtains an ID badge while Bon Secours Richmond conducts a background check.
  • The volunteer gets staff training and a schedule.

 

Book Donation

If you have a new or gently used book you would like to donate to Reach Out and Read, please drop them off or mail them to:

Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Attention: Reach Out and Read Bon Secours
413 Stuart Circle, Suite 210
Richmond, VA 23220

We thank you for your support.

For information please contact Sandra Arroyo at Sandra_Arroyo@bshsi.org.

Fast Facts:

  • Must be over 18 to volunteer or, if under 18, have parent's permission.
  • We currently do not have evening or Sunday hours.
  • Minimum requirement is one three hour shifts per month.
  • Locations will vary.
  • Personal transportation required.