Why does one have to be 18 years of age or older to volunteer at the CHU Sainte-Justine?
Our organization provides complex medical care to a population that is considered vulnerable. In order to deliver the best possible support to children and their families, volunteers must have the necessary maturity to ensure that their volunteering experience is a rewarding one, not only for themselves, but also for the patients. We do, however, have many projects that offer volunteering opportunities for young people 16-18 years of age. Please visit the Programs section for more information.
How do I go about volunteering at the CHU Sainte-Justine if I am not the required age?
Visit the Centre d'action bénévole de Montréal’s website, where you can find a volunteering section for youths under 18 years of age: cabm.net
I am not bilingual (French and English). Can I still volunteer?
It is important to know that a large majority of our patients is French-speaking. Good command of the French language is, therefore, required. English is an added skill.
On average, how long does it take to become a volunteer?
It takes about 6 weeks following registration. If your application is retained, you will have to undergo a criminal record investigation, go through the vaccination check protocol and participate in an orientation and training session before starting.
Why is the process so long?
Because our mission involves delivering services to a vulnerable population group, it is our moral, ethical and legal responsibility to protect our patients and to ensure that all volunteers are appropriately prepared to support them.
For how long can I volunteer?
You must be willing to commit for a minimum of 6 consecutive months and for 3 hours a week at the same time and on the same day every week. It is also possible to volunteer in the evening and on weekends.
If my class schedule changes each semester, can I get a different volunteering schedule?
Yes, it is possible to change your volunteering schedule so that it fits with your academic schedule; however, you will be asked to check with our volunteering services for available times.
Can I volunteer for more than 3 hours a week and in more than one program?
Yes, you must meet with the heads of our volunteering services to check what the programs’ requirements may be at that moment.
Can I observe or help during medical procedures or provide basic care (bathing, feeding, changing diapers)?
A volunteer’s primary objective is to see that children have a good and enjoyable experience in the hospital. Because of the nature of this role, a volunteer will not have much contact with doctors and are not expected to participate in delivering basic care.
I have been trained in related fields ( nursing, massage therapy, psychotherapy, CPR, etc.). Can I practice my skills as a volunteer?
Volunteers cannot act as health care professionals. Their role is clearly defined and must be respected.
What do I do if I feel ill, have a mild cold or a cough?
Do not come in and please contact the head of your program to let them know of your absence so that other arrangements can be made.