To be a Humber River Hospital volunteer, you must:
Be at least 16 years of age.
Have excellent customer service, interpersonal and communication skills.
Fluency in English (verbal and written).
Uphold our values of compassion, professionalism and respect.
One 4-hour shift a week for an entire year (Year-Round Program).
Or two 4-hour shifts a week for June, July and August (Summer Program: post-secondary students).
Or two 4-hour shifts a week for July and August (Summer Program: high school students).
A second language is an asset.
Complete the online application form.
You will receive an email within 4 business days which includes: the reference form and volunteer health assessment form.
Attend an interview and submit your reference forms.
Complete the volunteer health assessment with your family physician or at a walk-in clinic. Any costs associated with the health assessment are the volunteer’s responsibility. Completion of the health assessment does not guarantee a placement. The health assessment consists of:
Two-step TB test
Proof of immunization to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox) OR proof of immunity via blood work
Proof of DTap vaccination
Attend an orientation session and a training session for your volunteer role.
There are over a thousand volunteers working in many roles across our 3 sites. Here are just a few examples.
In an inpatient unit, you’ll help by:
Visiting with patients
Helping patients at mealtimes
Assist with recreational activities
This opportunity is also available at our Finch and Church sites.
In an outpatient clinic, you’ll help by:
In this role, you’ll help by:
Greeting and escorting patients and visitors
Taking patient inquiry phone calls
Answering questions and providing information
In this role, you’ll help by:
Welcoming patients, families and visitors
Helping customers select and buy items
Selling OLG tickets
If you have a special talent, let us know! We are always looking for volunteers who have talents to share with patients. Our volunteers help enhance the patient experience through music, art and knitting, to name a few.
How do you decide where to place me?
During the interview, we’ll talk to you about areas you’re interested in. We’ll assign you to an area based on your interests and our current availability.
How long does the application process take?
The application process may take approximately 4 – 6 weeks to complete from acceptance into the volunteer program to the applicant’s first day.
How often am I required to volunteer?
Year-long volunteers commit to one 3-4 hour shift per week.
Summer students commit to two 4 hour shifts per week.
Can I volunteer more than once a week?
Of course! But we recommend starting with one shift. Once you’re more familiar with the hospital and your volunteer role, you can request extra shifts.
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