The Canadian Red Cross (Client Service Volunteer – Community Health Equipment Loan Program)

Organization Name: The Canadian Red Cross
Opportunity Title: Client Service Volunteer – Community Health Equipment Loan Program
Category: Administration / Clerical / Office
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: June 28, 2023
End Date: June 28, 2024

  • Background/police check required
  • Appropriate for youth (i.e., less than 18)
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

The Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) offers mobility, independence and safety to people recovering from illness or surgery or wishing to spend their final days in their own homes.  The HELP Client Services Volunteer provides administrative support like answering the phone and coordinating health equipment loans and returns. You will enjoy: Culture:   an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality Flexibility:  a schedule that is flexible and fits into your life, vacation plans and family commitments. Meaningful Work:   you will be helping people recovering from illness and surgery and those wishing to stay in their home longer. Currently seeking volunteer support during the following shifts: Mondays = Shift #1: 8:30am to 12:30pm   Shift #2: 12:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesdays: = Shift: 12:30pm to 4:30pm Wednesdays: Shift #1: 8:30am to 12:30am   Shift #2: 12:30pm to 4:30pm Thursdays: Shift: 8:30am to 12:30pm Fridays: Shift: 12:30pm to 4:30pm Qualifications Interest and/or experience in providing exceptional customer service to Health Equipment Loan Program clients Excellent interpersonal skills, including working in a busy environment Ability to empathize with clients concerns to deliver service with compassion Data entry experience Excellent telephone manner with contact centre or multi-line phone system skills an asset Demonstrated understanding and compassion of the aging population, including community resource knowledge and resourcing Experience working with a diverse population an asset Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment Strong organization skills Some lifting of equipment is required.  We recommend volunteers be capable of lifting up to 50lbs Full training is provided, however volunteers should be comfortable with using a computer, and have good written and conversational English. Other languages are considered an asset Ability to work independently and to collaborate in a team environment Your Role Connect with clients and health care providers to verify referral requests, facilitate the loaning and returning of health equipment, make reminder calls, and assist with equipment recalls if required Select the appropriate medical equipment to match health professional referrals, complete minor adjustments to ensure appropriate fit for clients Ensure the integrity of data collection and recording of all call/ client trackers and statistical information Provide instruction(s) on basic equipment use and respond to client enquiries regarding equipment set-up, returns, repairs and loan extensions Contributes to a healthy and safe working environment Accept financial and equipment donations to the Canadian Red Cross, and issue tax and non-tax receipts as needed Complete other duties as required Working Conditions Work is performed in an office environment and is aligned to National and Provincial Health Standards as required during COVID-19. Personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing and regular hand hygiene practices are required The hours may vary but are generally three to four hours per week, either mornings or afternoons from Monday to Friday. Weekday evenings or Saturday shifts are available in some locations (in B.C. only). This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record check, and a vulnerable sector check. The Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. Individuals interested in the volunteer position of Client Service Volunteer can complete an application via

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