About Volunteering

Join our Volunteer Team!

Thank you for your interest in Hospice Toronto’s Volunteer Program. As a non-profit registered charity, Hospice Toronto relies on its volunteers in all aspects of our services.

We have more than 250 volunteers, who together with our staff assist approximately 400 individuals and hundreds of families each year.

Roles With Direct Client Contact

Any role involving direct client contact requires a thorough screening and training process, which includes:

  • attending an information session (see dates)
  • submitting an application (download application)
  • attending a one-hour interview (provide contact information for two references, as detailed on application form)
  • presenting a clear vulnerable-sector check
  • attending a core training program (30 hours, delivered online and in person)

All volunteer roles involving direct client contact require a time commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week, and we ask you to make a commitment to volunteer for one year following the completion of training.

In-Home Hospice Volunteers

  • provide direct client care services
  • offer companionship and emotional support
  • provide practical support (e.g., organizing papers, performing light household duties, preparing food, and assisting with shopping)
  • caregiver respite

Journey Home Hospice (located at Jarvis Street and Shuter Street)

  • a residential hospice setting providing emotional, social, and practical support for clients
  • serves clients who are experiencing homelessness or are vulnerably housed and coping with a life-threatening illness

Young Carers Program

Volunteer Roles Without Direct Client Contact

These roles have variable time commitments. If you are interested in any of these volunteer roles, please reach out directly for more information:

  • Event Volunteers
  • Office Administration Volunteers
  • Social Media/Creative Writing Volunteers

Complementary Therapy Volunteers

  • are skilled practitioners with formal training in healing touch, therapeutic touch, reiki, reflexology, music, or expressive arts therapy
  • visit with clients in their homes, in the day program and residential settings

Creating Caring Communities in St. James Town

Similar to the In-Home Volunteer, the Creating Caring Community Volunteer supports individuals with serious illnesses and their families in their homes. This program is unique in that it:

  • focuses on the complex health care needs of new Canadians, seniors, and people living marginally
  • collaborates in culturally sensitive ways with other local agencies
  • is available only to applicants living in St. James Town or the surrounding neighborhoods
  • More info on program

Rapid Response Volunteers

  • provide direct client care services on short notice and on a short-term basis
  • offer companionship, emotional and practical support

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