Ways to Give
Hamilton Health Sciences is able to provide excellent care for our patients thanks in part to the generosity of our community.
There are many ways to support health care at Hamilton Health Sciences, from donating to our foundations, volunteering your time, parking in our parking lots, sending flowers, or making a purchase at one of our gift shops and cafeterias.
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Governments don’t fund equipment for our hospitals, so Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation relies on the generosity of people and organizations in our communities to ensure those essentials, whether large or small, are in place.
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation raises funds and manages donor gifts that enable our teams to deliver excellence in patient care. Every gift impacts lives.
There are many ways to give, including:
- donating to a campaign
- monthly giving
- honoring a caregiver
- donating in memory of a loved one
- leaving a legacy gift in your will
- corporate philanthropy
- hosting a fundraising event
Visit the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation website to learn more.
West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation
The West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH) Foundation works with the community to help raise funds for equipment, upgrading of facilities, and special projects for Hamilton Health Sciences’ West Lincoln Memorial Hospital site.
Incorporated in 1981, the role of the Foundation is to provide our community with an opportunity to continually improve patient care at the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital through a wide range of giving opportunities.
Visit the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital website to learn more.
HHS Volunteer Association
The Hamilton Health Sciences Volunteer Association (HHSVA) operates retail and parking services across our sites.
Your purchase truly makes a difference. When you park at one of our lots, send flowers through Giving Blooms, or make a purchase at one of our gift shops or cafés, you’re supporting health care at HHS. All profits are used to purchase needed hospital equipment and to support various programs across the hospital.
Learn more about the Hamilton Health Sciences Volunteer Association.
West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
The West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has been supporting patient care with volunteering programs at Hamilton Health Sciences’ WLMH site since 1944.
Auxiliary volunteer offer care and warmth to patients and families during their visits to WLMH, and they help support fundraising for hospital equipment through the operation of shops and services.
Our vibrant organization provides approximately 30,000 hours/year of volunteer time in areas such as the lobby, wards, mail room, physiotherapy, medical records, administration, as well as the Coffee Shop and Gift Shop. The Auxiliary is managed and operated entirely by volunteers. There is also an ongoing and successful student volunteer program in place.
Volunteers are an integral part of Hamilton Health Sciences. There are over one thousand volunteers across our hospital sites. Our Volunteer Resources department recruits and manages our volunteers.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- assisting patients and visitors with wayfinding
- supporting our information desk staff
- calling patients to remind them of their upcoming appointments
- preparing and serving refreshments in waiting areas and patient rooms
- handing out patient surveys
- working in our gift shops
- replenishing vending machines
- becoming a care clown to provide humour to patients
- assisting in therapeutic recreation
Learn more about volunteering at Hamilton Health Sciences.
Donations to McMaster Children's Hospital
On behalf of McMaster Children’s Hospital, we thank you for thinking of our patients and families! Learn more about our donation guidelines, deliveries, and how to propose an event or entertainment idea on our Child Life webpage.
NOTE: In-kind donations
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting in-kind donations to our hospitals this holiday season with the exception of McMaster Children’s Hospital.
If you’d like to make a material donation to MCH, please click here for the donation wish list. Otherwise, you might consider making a monetary donation to the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, where your support helps fund important investments in patient care and equipment. Click here to learn more about the HHS Foundation and how to donate.