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Volunteer Programs

Adult Program

NOTE: The application period for the January 2020 intake is complete. The posting for the Summer 2020 session will be available in February.

The Adult Volunteer Program is geared towards adults who are working professionals, recent retirees, or individuals who do not meet the criteria of our Student Volunteer Program.

The program runs in four-month blocks, and is a commitment of one shift per week for 2 to 4 hours:

  • September 1 to December 31
  • January 1 to April 30
  • May 1 to Aug 31

Adult volunteers have the option to commit to a shift during the day, in the evening or on the weekend. Evening shifts are very popular, resulting in limited availability for those roles during each intake.

Volunteers in this program have the opportunity to interact with patients through play on an inpatient unit, day-treatment setting, or in a patient playroom. Patients range in age from infancy to 18 years of age. Through the support of the nursing staff and Child Life Specialists, volunteers are an important part of the patient’s care plan. Volunteers can expect to play games, do arts and crafts, cuddle a baby, read stories or go for a walk with patients as a part of their role.

There are also a limited number of administrative roles available for individuals who would prefer to provide support to clerical staff in ambulatory clinics or office settings.

Volunteers are responsible for communicating with Volunteer Resources and unit staff regarding any issues or concerns that arise during their placement and for coordinating with Volunteer Resources around any schedule conflicts that arise. Volunteers must operate within the boundaries of the SickKids Volunteer policies and procedures and respect patient privacy and confidentiality at all times.

Adults volunteers who successfully complete the initial four-month commitment are eligible to recommit to additional four-month terms if desired. For individuals who choose to volunteer on a long-term basis, the program permits taking one 4-month term off each year if required.

Application Process

Individuals interested in the Adult Volunteer Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be able to commit to four months, once a week, for 2 to 4 hours
  • Be able to attend an information session and subsequent interview
  • Be willing to have a Vulnerable Sector Search conducted.
  • Be able to provide the hospital with documented proof of tuberculosis testing and immunization status 
    • A flu shot is highly recommended. Individuals who cannot receive the flu shot are required to wear a mask while in patient areas.
  • Be in general good health and able to sit or stand up to one hour at a time.
  • Be comfortable interacting with children of all ages.

All individuals interested in applying for a position must submit a letter of intent and attend an information session.

  • Information sessions are held at the end of February, beginning of June, and October for the May, September, and January sessions respectively, provided there are openings within the program.
  • The website will be updated at the start of February, June and October with information about the upcoming session and the option to register for an information session if one is occurring.

After the information session, successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

If this is not the type of program you are eligible for or interested in, please be sure to check out our Student Volunteer Program and Summer Volunteer Program.