What volunteer opportunities are available?
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the hospital to support our clients, their families and our staff. Details of current available volunteer opportunities can be found in the Becoming a Volunteer section of our site.
Volunteers are placed based on vacancies that are available in the hospital, suitability and interest. A volunteer position description is provided to each assigned volunteer, outlining duties and responsibilities.
Volunteer Resources does not offer clinical practice, internships or observership placements. Please see our clinical placements page for more information.
What is the minimum time commitment required to volunteer?
To best support our clients we have a minimum volunteer time commitment for all of our programs.
Volunteers are welcome to stay with us long term or may choose to participate in programs which run in sessions, allowing for time off in between.
September – June
To apply to volunteer between September and June, we require a commitment of 1 shift per week (approximately 3 hours a week) for a minimum of 75 hours. Volunteer shifts occur at the same time and day each week.
To apply to volunteer between July and August, we require a commitment of 5 – 10 shifts per week. The options are 5 half days per week for both July and August or 5 full days for either the month of July or August. This typically amounts to 100-150 hours over the summer.
March Break (high school students)
To apply to volunteer for our March Break Camp we require a volunteer time commitment of 40 hours over 5 full days, Monday to Friday.
Are there volunteer opportunities in music therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy?
Due to the popularity of these volunteer opportunities, Holland Bloorview volunteers who have contributed 75 hours in another program and have received a good evaluation can be added to the Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy waitlists. Once placed on the waitlist, there is no guarantee of a placement in one of these programs.
During the Fall/Winter/Spring term, if you are available during school hours, we also have limited opportunities in our Integrated Education & Therapy Program, where you may have exposure to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist; however your direct supervisor will be a special education teacher.
Are there volunteer opportunities in speech language pathology?
Due to the popularity of volunteer opportunities with a speech language pathologist, Holland Bloorview volunteers who have contributed 75 hours in another program and have received a good evaluation can be added to a waitlist to volunteer with a speech language pathologist. Once placed on the waitlist, there is no guarantee of a placement with a speech language pathologist.
Volunteer experience with a speech language pathologist is an admission requirement for many Masters of Health Science programs in Speech Language Pathology. At the request of speech language pathology at Holland Bloorview only candidates who are intending to apply to the Masters program will be considered for a volunteer position with a speech language pathologist.
Volunteers who have completed their term with a speech language pathologist are removed from the waitlist and are no longer eligible to volunteer with speech language pathology at Holland Bloorview.
During the Fall/Winter/Spring term, if you are available during school hours, we also have limited opportunities in our Integrated Education & Therapy Program, where you may have exposure to a Speech Language Pathologist however your direct supervisor will be a Special Education Teacher.
Does volunteer resources provide student placements and shadowing?
Volunteer resources does not offer student placements, clinical practice, internships or observership placements. Please see our Clinical Practice and Student Placements pages for more information.
Can my child volunteer with me?
Parents may not register as a volunteer with the intention of bringing their child in as a volunteer.
Children under the minimum ages cannot be registered as a volunteer and have a parent monitoring them during a volunteer role.
Holland Bloorview requires volunteers be 15 years old with Bronze Cross/Bronze Medallion, 16 years old for select positions in Centre for the Arts and Aquatics and 17 years + for most other programs.
We do not accept or register any volunteers under these ages because of legal requirements.
What are the requirements to become a Pet visiting volunteer?
The pet visiting program is part of the therapeutic recreation program and runs on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 p.m.
- All pets (dogs and cats only) must be a minimum of one year old.
- Written proof the pet is in good health and has received all relevant immunization shots is required from the vet.
- All pets must be house trained and obedient, comfortable on a leash and have a temperament suitable to participate in a program of this nature.
- All pets must pass a “pet screening”
- There must be one handler per pet
- All volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age for the pet visiting program
- Unfortunately, children of the registered volunteer are unable to attend this program.