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March Break Volunteer

Learn more about volunteering during March Break Camp.

Volunteer with client

Make a difference and earn up to 40 hours of community service in one week!

In 2022, March Break programs at Holland Bloorview are expected to run from Monday, March 14 – Friday, March 18.

In order to ensure adequate time to complete the volunteer interview and training process, please submit your application package by Friday, January 28, 2022.

March Break volunteer opportunities may include programs such as:

Creative Arts March Break Respite Camp

Volunteers must be 16+ years of age

This is an arts- and recreation-based day camp that serves children and youth 4-18 years old with complex physical disabilities and developmental delays.

Therapeutic recreation

Volunteers must be 17+ years of age

Therapeutic recreation offers a variety of programs to engage and support the rehabilitation goals of inpatient clients in: the brain injury rehab team unit (BIRT), specialized orthopaedic & developmental rehab unit (SODR) and the complex continuing care unit (CCC). Activities include sports and recreation, arts and crafts, games, and sensory-based play in group settings, or 1:1 activities at client bedside.

Ronald McDonald Playroom

Volunteers must be 17+ years of age

The Ronald McDonald Playroom provides drop-in recreational activities for outpatient clients and their siblings, aged 2.5 years+. Activities include arts and crafts, games, and sensory-based play.

 

COVID-19 NOTE: The availability of volunteer placements will be impacted by public health guidelines due to COVID-19. We will update this page as information becomes available. The programs listed above reflect typical offerings during March Break, and may not be available in 2022.


Before you apply

These are the requirements to volunteer at Holland Bloorview as a member of our March break program:

  • I can commit to 40 hours over 5 full days, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., for the week of March break. I have no planned absences (e.g. appointments, classes, day trips, etc.). Reliability is key. Volunteering at Holland Bloorview is a commitment. The clients at Holland Bloorview rely on you, the volunteer, to participate in programs.
  • I am a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • I can participate in a mandatory Basic Introductory Training session before March Break (online or in person).
  • I have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (I have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, at least 14 days prior to the start of March Break programs).
  • I have been vaccinated against influenza and have proof of vaccination or I am willing to sign a declaration form regarding my decision not to be vaccinated.

Volunteers will be expected to do everything possible to prevent the spread of the flu at our sites and getting the flu shot (or wearing a mask if you can't) is an effective way to do this. In the event of an influenza outbreak among inpatient clients, therapeutic recreation volunteers who have not been vaccinated may not be eligible to attend program. In this situation, the Volunteer Resources department may not be able to offer an alternate placement.

The influenza vaccine requires 14 days to reach full effectiveness, so we encourage vaccination as early as possible.