Why Volunteer at WCH?
Volunteers are valued members of the Women’s College Hospital team. Our volunteers are integral to supporting the hospital in achieving its mission of advancing and advocating for health equity for all while developing solutions for our most pressing health system challenges.
Our team of approximately 200 volunteers contribute 25,000 hours of service annually to support the hospital’s commitment to providing exceptional care.
We offer engaging and meaningful volunteer opportunities in over 45 departments and programs throughout the hospital. Volunteers dedicate time, energy and skills to support staff and most importantly to enhance the experience of our patients.
The Volunteer Program offers a unique learning experience that is designed to introduce individuals to the healthcare field. You will have the opportunity to explore a hospital setting through:
- Volunteer placements that align with your interests and skills
- Hospital wide education events
- Volunteer education and social events
Volunteering is a great way to explore a hospital setting. Each volunteer placement includes duties and responsibilities that are designed to provide a meaningful experience. Please be aware that the scope of the volunteer role does not include any tasks that can legally be performed only by a licensed or regulated healthcare professional. Volunteer roles will not allow you to practice or develop clinical or technical skills, nor are volunteer roles designed to meet the requirements of professional internship opportunities.
What We Do
Volunteers are provided with meaningful assignments, a learning experience and appropriate participation. Volunteer placements fall into one of 5 general categories:
Information Desk and Wayfinding Volunteer
- Greet and welcome patients and visitors to Women’s College Hospital
- Provide information and answer general inquiries
- Provide additional directional support throughout the hospital
Clinic Office Help Volunteer
- Assist staff with a variety of administrative tasks such as faxing, photocopying and assembling resource packages
- Complete courtesy patient appointment reminder phone calls
Clinic Liaison Volunteer
- Assist with coordinating patient flow in specified clinics
- Direct patients to exam rooms
- Assist patients with general inquiries
Waiting Room Volunteer
- Act as a liaison between patients and their healthcare teams
- Assist family members and visitors with general inquiries
- Provide support and comfort measures to patients
- Volunteer Childcare Assistant in Stella’s Playroom
- Provide special project support for various departments or programs
Volunteer Placements are assigned based on volunteer interests, skills, availability and hospital needs.
The majority of volunteer shifts are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our volunteer program requires reliable, dependable volunteers who can make a consistent weekly commitment. The minimum age requirement is 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under the age of 18 will be required to provide parental/guardian consent (available in the apply now section below).
Please consider your availability and carefully review the commitment guidelines for each program described below.
Volunteer Resources welcomes volunteer applicants of all abilities to apply.
Year-Round Adult Program
Open to volunteers who can make a year-round commitment for a minimum of one shift per week.
- Commit to a consistent 3.5 hour shift per week
- Shifts are typically Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Applications deadline: There is no deadline to apply for the year-round program. However, there is limited recruitment from May to August in order to provide more shift opportunities for the summer youth volunteers.
Fall-Winter Post-Secondary Student Program
Open to Volunteers who can make an academic year commitment (Fall and/or Winter)
Women’s College Hospital offers volunteer positions to eligible post-secondary students during the Fall and Winter academic school year (September-April).
- Commit to a consistent 3.5 shift per week throughout the academic year.
- Shifts are typically Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-12:30 pm or 12:30 pm-4:00 pm.
Application deadline: There is no deadline to apply to the Fall Winter program however placements will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.
Summer Youth Volunteer Program
Women's College Hospital offers volunteer positions to eligible high-school and post-secondary students during the summer months.
Program requirements for the 2020 Summer Youth Volunteer Program
Post-secondary student requirements:
- Commit to a minimum of two 3.5 hour shifts per week for all of May, June, July and August. Shifts are typically Monday through Friday 9:00am-12:30pm or 12:30-4:00pm.
- Successful applicants must be ready to start a volunteer placement by May 2nd , 2022
- Application deadline: Friday March 4, 2022.
High-school student requirements:
- Commit up to two full days (9:00am-4:00pm) per week for all of July and August
- Successful applicants must be ready to start a volunteer placement by July 4th, 2020
- Application deadline: Friday April 8, 2022.
- Year-Round Adult Program
Application and Registration Process
Complete an application package
A complete application package includes the following:
- Application Form
- 2 Reference Forms (References must know the applicant in a professional capacity and cannot be family members or friends. Examples include employers, volunteer coordinators, supervisors, coaches, or teachers. Referees should return the reference forms to the applicant for submission.)
- Medical Form
- parent/guardian consent form (if under 18 years old)
- A 200-250 word essay describing why you want to be a volunteer at Women’s College Hospital. (for summer students only)
Note: Please submit all documents in a single pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are offered a placement, you will then be required to:
- attend a program orientation session
- pay a refundable $30.00 deposit for a security badge
Application Deadline for Post-secondary Students: Friday, March 4, 2022.
Application Deadline for High-school Students: Friday, April 8, 2022.
Program Requirements - to be completed upon acceptance
Criminal Records Check
Volunteers who are 18 years and older are required to complete a Criminal Records Check. This is at no expense to the volunteer and is conducted through the hospital. Information and further details are provided to volunteers after notice of acceptance to the program. Offers are conditional upon the successful completion of a Canadian Criminal Records Check.
Volunteers will be required to complete onlineWCH eLearning modules and a Volunteer Resources quiz OR Attend an in-person orientation.
Volunteers are required to provide a refundable $30.00 deposit for a volunteer uniform and ID Badge. Both items must be worn during volunteer shifts.
Volunteers are assigned a placement based on their interests, skills, availability and hospital needs. Once a placement has been assigned, volunteers will receive training by a staff member or experienced volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to pursue on-going learning opportunities by attending additional hospital-wide education sessions posted in the Volunteer Resources lounge
- Application form
- Two reference forms (.pdf) - References must know the applicant in a professional capacity and cannot be family members or friends. Examples include employers, volunteer coordinators, supervisors, coaches, or teachers. Referees should return the reference forms to the applicant for submission.
- WCH Volunteer medical form (.pdf)
- parent/guardian consent form (.docx) (if under 18 years old)
- 200 - 250 word essay (for summer students only)
Completed application packages can be:
- e-mailed to email@example.com
- mailed to Volunteer Resources 76 Grenville Street, Toronto Ontario M5S 1B2
- faxed to 416-323-7741
- in person to Volunteer Resources located on the 7th floor of Women's College Hospital.
Please download, complete and submit the forms below to apply to the Women's College Hospital Volunteer Program.
Note about fillable forms: To view and use fillable forms, you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader installed. Once completed, you can save and email the form or print the form for submission. The Adobe Reader software can be obtained free from Adobe, which also offers customer support.
Online application form
Parental/Guardian Consent Form
Download parental/guardian consent form (.docx)
Download reference form (.pdf) - (please note that two forms must be downloaded and filled out)
Volunteer Medical form (.pdf)