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How to Become a Volunteer

Requirements

To be a Mount Sinai Volunteer, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be fluent in English (any additional languages would be an asset)
  • Must have been residents in Canada for at least 12 months prior to applying
  • Possess excellent communication (written and verbal), active listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Be a representative of our purpose and values
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19

Commitment

General Volunteer Program

A minimum of 6 months or more (1 shift – minimum of 3-4 hours per week)

Please note our greatest need for volunteers is weekdays during the day time. Volunteer opportunities on evenings and weekends are limited.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Summer Program

  • High School Summer Program - Volunteers must commit to one 3-4 hour shift per day, Monday to Friday for one month (July or August) or two 3-4 hour shifts for two months (July AND August)

Application deadline is May 1, 2022.

  • Post-Secondary Summer Program – Volunteers must commit to one 3-4 hour shift for four months (May to August) OR three 3-4 hour shifts per week for two months (May and June OR July and August)

Application deadline is March 1, 2022.

High-School Co-op Program

Our Co-op program offers high school students the opportunity to work closely with Sinai People to learn about healthcare and gain practical experience. Placements are offered during the semester academic year (September to January or February through June) and are arranged through participating school’s co-op department.

We offer half-day placements for either morning or afternoon. Applications must include a:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Teacher Recommendation Letter (1)

Co-op students must wear T-Shirts which are purchased two for $30.00 (non-refundable).

Application Process

Volunteering at Mount Sinai is a valued commitment. Before you apply, please note that it can take up to eight weeks to process, interview and register a new volunteer.

  1. Complete online application form:
    1. Applicants must provide the names and contact info for two professional references
      • Referees should know you for a minimum of one year
        1. Cannot be lawyers, doctors or friends and family members.
      • Suggested referees include employers, supervisors, coaches, or teachers.
    2. Applications must include a resume

* Applicants must include all three components (application form, reference forms, and resume) to be considered.

  1. Applicants will be contacted upon submission of application*

* While all applications are reviewed, due to the volume of applications we receive; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications will remain on file for 3 months.

  1. Attend a scheduled interview.

What happens after I am accepted?

  1. Complete a Medical Form* with your family physician or at a walk-in clinic
    • All candidates must show proof of immunity to:
      • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
      • 2-Step TB Skin Test
      • Proof of vaccination for COVID-19

* Mount Sinai Hospital does not cover any costs associated with the health immunization process.

Please note, volunteers must be cleared by our Occupational Health team prior to their first volunteer session

  1. Complete documentation process
    1. Sign and date all mandatory documents
    2. Complete mandatory online training modules
  1. Attend an General Hospital Orientation session
  1. Receive a Photo ID Badge and volunteer uniform. Volunteer uniforms are purchased for $25.00 (non-refundable). Summer volunteers must wear T-Shirts which are purchased for $15.00 (non-refundable). Uniform and ID Badge must be worn while on duty
  1. Attend program-specific training with placement supervisor