Becoming a Volunteer at Mount Sinai Hospital
Volunteering is one of the most effective ways to help Mount Sinai Hospital. With over 125 programs, we are sure to have activities that suit your needs and skills.
Before exploring this exciting opportunity to help our Hospital, please review the basic guidelines and expectations listed below.
Our volunteers must be 17 years of age, or older. Applicants who are 16 may be considered on an individual basis. Please note that we have very limited evening and weekend positions, and so it is difficult to accommodate high school students during the academic year.
Volunteers are required to contribute at least one half-day (4 hours) per week to their volunteer placement (see separate summer requirements.)
*Please note: There is limited availability in the evening and on weekends. We require a minimum 6-month commitment.
All volunteers are required to complete a medical declaration stating that they are free of communicable disease. This is a requirement under the Ontario Hospitals Act. It is for the protection of our patients as well as for you. At the time of acceptance, we will give you a medical form to take to your physician to complete. We will need to know your immune status for Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis and other common communicable diseases. Vaccinations may be necessary.
Volunteers will be required to purchase a uniform and name tag. Both are to be worn at all times, while on duty. We ask our volunteers to cover the $25.00 cost for these items in order to keep Hospital expenditures to a minimum.
We have a very large program for University and Cooperative Education High School students. Because of the nature of our programs and the screening involved, we are sorry that we cannot accommodate the 40 hour Community Service requirement of the Ministry of Education.
During the summer, University and High School students have an opportunity to volunteer throughout the Hospital. Students are required to spend a minimum of two full days per week in the placement, for the entire duration of the summer. You are, of course, welcome to stay on during the academic year. More Information
How to apply...
If you meet the basic requirements, please contact us and take the first step toward becoming a volunteer. We will ask you to come to the Volunteer Services Department on the 2nd Level, one floor below main of Mount Sinai Hospital. At that time, you can expect to talk briefly about your skills, experience and how you'd like to help the Hospital. Please bring a current resume and one personal letter of reference.
Once accepted as a volunteer, you will be required to attend a 3-hour orientation session where we will review hospital policies, procedures and information of interest to volunteers.
All volunteers need to be committed to caring for our patients. Your role, whether you are directly involved with patients or not, is to support the hospital staff to enhance the comfort and care of all our patients. Please note that we likely have a waiting list for our Summer program. We are also now recruiting for our Fall program.