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Application process

What is the application process for becoming a volunteer?

  • Submit your completed Volunteer Application package, with two signed, sealed reference forms and your resume to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • Attend a screening interview
  • Please bring the required identification for the Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Search (Toronto residents only) and your availability.
  • Meet all screening requirements, including a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Search and Holland Bloorview’s immunization compliance standards, details of which will be provided at your interview.
  • Participate in the Basic Introductory Training and Program Specific Training.

Successful completion of the application process does not guarantee a volunteer placement at Holland Bloorview.


How long will the volunteer application process take?

In order to process an application, it must be complete. A complete application includes the application form and two signed, sealed and completed standardized reference forms.

Once we receive your complete application, it will take approximately two to three weeks to process. Those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by Volunteer Resources.

Our preferred method of communication is via e-mail. Please check the e-mail address you provided on your application regularly for follow-up messages. If you do not subscribe to e-mail, we will contact you by telephone.


Where do I find the volunteer application?

The application process for becoming a volunteer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is a 3 step process. Under the Volunteering with us page the first step is learning about Holland Bloorview and what we do. The second step is "Finding a volunteer opportunity" and the application and reference form is located in the 3rd step "Applying to become a volunteer". A complete application package includes two reference forms (submitted in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature on the back) and a completed application form. A cover letter and resume is not mandatory but it is appreciated.


How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Holland Bloorview requires volunteers be 15 years old with Bronze Cross/Bronze Medallion, 16 years old for select positions in Centre for the Arts and Aquatics and 17 years + for most other programs.


What are the requirements for providing a reference form?

Two confidentially completed, signed and sealed standardized reference forms must be submitted with your volunteer application package.

Standardized Reference form: Volunteer Reference Form.pdf

  • Employment and or volunteer references are preferred. Should you not have employment or volunteer references, we will consider teachers, coaches, community leaders or other professional references.
  • We cannot accept letters written by a parent, family member, friend or "friend of the family".
  • If you are retired or have been outside of the work force for some time, it is acceptable to submit former professionally-related references or references from part-time work or volunteering that you have recently participated in, such as at-home child care for your neighbours or volunteering in Community Centre activities.

What are the requirements for completing the criminal reference check with vulnerable sector search?

If you are 18 years of age or older you will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Search. Further instructions on the process for obtaining these checks will be provided to you at your screening interview.

It is the applicants’ sole responsibility to pay any costs incurred to meet the police check requirements.

To complete these requirements, we require you to bring to your screening interview the following (Toronto residents only):

2 pieces of ID - at least one piece of ID must include a photo

Accepted photo identification includes:Driver's License, Government Employment Card, Military Employment Card, Age of Majority Card, Canadian Citizenship Card, Indian Status Card, International Student Card, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Canadian National Institute for the Blind Card (CNIB)

(Photo Identification must provide photo, name and date of birth)

Accepted non-photo identification includes:Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Hunting License, Fishing License, Outdoors Card, Hospital Card, Canadian Bloor Donor Card, Immigration Papers

(Non-Photo Identification must provide name and date of birth)

Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) cards and Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards are not considered acceptable forms of ID.

For those applying to volunteer who live outside of Toronto, further information on how to obtain this check will be provided at your screening interview. For all regions, police check results will be returned by mail to the individual. Once you receive the results, please bring the original copy of your police check to the Volunteer Resources office, to be scanned. The original will be returned for you to keep.


What are the immunization requirements?

Accepted applicants will be required to provide proof of immunity to:rubella, measles, mumps and chicken pox and documentation of a 2 step Tuberculosis screening.

A form to be completed by your physician or nurse practitioner on the immunization requirements will be provided to you at your screening interview.

The two-step TB Test requires four visits to your doctor and therefore can take several weeks to complete.

Please Note:It is the applicants’ sole responsibility to pay any costs incurred to meet the immunization requirements.

Staff, students and volunteers are expected to do everything they can to prevent the spread of the flu at our sites and getting the flu shot on an annual basis (or wearing a mask if you can’t) is an effective way to do this.


What is the process if I am returning as a volunteer to Holland Bloorview?

  • If you have volunteered at Holland Bloorview within the last 3 years, please contact your Coordinator to register for a refresher training and to discuss a new volunteer schedule.Please include your area of interest and times you are available to volunteer in the email.
  • If you are a past Holland Bloorview Volunteer who has been inactive for more than 3 years, you will need to reapply through our application process.Please visit the Becoming a Volunteer section of our site.

Volunteer opportunities

What volunteer opportunities are available?

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the hospital to support our clients, their families and our staff.Details of current available volunteer opportunities can be found in the Becoming a Volunteer section of our site.

Volunteers are placed based on vacancies that are available in the hospital, suitability and interest. A volunteer position description is provided to each assigned volunteer, outlining duties and responsibilities.

Volunteer Resources does not offer clinical practice, internships or observership placements. Please see our clinical placements page for more information.


What is the minimum time commitment required to volunteer?

To best support our clients we have a minimum volunteer time commitment for all of our programs.

Volunteers are welcome to stay with us long term or may choose to participate in programs which run in sessions, allowing for time off in between.

September – June
To apply to volunteer between September and June, we require a commitment of 1 shift per week (approximately 3 hours a week) for a minimum of 75 hours.Volunteer shifts occur at the same time and day each week.

Summer
To apply to volunteer between July and August, we require a commitment of 5 – 10 shifts per week.The options are 5 half days per week for both July and August or 5 full days for either the month of July or August. This typically amounts to 100-150 hours over the summer.

March Break (high school students)
To apply to volunteer for our March Break Camp we require a volunteer time commitment of 40 hours over 5 full days, Monday to Friday.


Are there volunteer opportunities in music therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy?

Due to the popularity of these volunteer opportunities, Holland Bloorview volunteers who have contributed 75 hours in another program and have received a good evaluation can be added to the Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy waitlists. Once placed on the waitlist, there is no guarantee of a placement in one of these programs.

During the Fall/Winter/Spring term, if you are available during school hours, we also have limited opportunities in our Integrated Education & Therapy Program, where you may have exposure to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist; however your direct supervisor will be a special education teacher.


Are there volunteer opportunities in speech language pathology?

Due to the popularity of volunteer opportunities with a speech language pathologist, Holland Bloorview volunteers who have contributed 75 hours in another program and have received a good evaluation can be added to a waitlist to volunteer with a speech language pathologist. Once placed on the waitlist, there is no guarantee of a placement with a speech language pathologist.

Volunteer experience with a speech language pathologist is an admission requirement for many Masters of Health Science programs in Speech Language Pathology. At the request of speech language pathology at Holland Bloorview only candidates who are intending to apply to the Masters program will be considered for a volunteer position with a speech language pathologist.

Volunteers who have completed their term with a speech language pathologist are removed from the waitlist and are no longer eligible to volunteer with speech language pathology at Holland Bloorview.

During the Fall/Winter/Spring term, if you are available during school hours, we also have limited opportunities in our Integrated Education & Therapy Program, where you may have exposure to a Speech Language Pathologist however your direct supervisor will be a Special Education Teacher.


Does volunteer resources provide student placements and shadowing?

No.

Volunteer resources does not offer student placements, clinical practice, internships or observership placements. Please see our Clinical Practice and Student Placements pages for more information.


Can my child volunteer with me?

Parents may not register as a volunteer with the intention of bringing their child in as a volunteer.

Children under the minimum ages cannot be registered as a volunteer and have a parent monitoring them during a volunteer role.

Holland Bloorview requires volunteers be 15 years old with Bronze Cross/Bronze Medallion, 16 years old for select positions in Centre for the Arts and Aquatics and 17 years + for most other programs.

We do not accept or register any volunteers under these ages because of legal requirements.


What are the requirements to become a Pet visiting volunteer?

The pet visiting program is part of the therapeutic recreation program and runs on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 p.m.

  • All pets (dogs and cats only) must be a minimum of one year old.
  • Written proof the pet is in good health and has received all relevant immunization shots is required from the vet.
  • All pets must be house trained and obedient, comfortable on a leash and have a temperament suitable to participate in a program of this nature.
  • All pets must pass a “pet screening”
  • There must be one handler per pet
  • All volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age for the pet visiting program
  • Unfortunately, children of the registered volunteer are unable to attend this program.

Specialized skills and employment

Can I use my medical training as a volunteer?

No.

While we welcome volunteers with health care experience, volunteers are not permitted to act as professional health care providers within the hospital when volunteering.


Does volunteering lead to employment at Holland Bloorview?

Volunteer Resources is responsible for providing the hospital with volunteers.Volunteer Resources has no authority to offer employment and volunteers are not considered internal applicants.Volunteering may, however, provide you with experience or exposure that will later assist you in finding employment.

Volunteering benefits

Am I entitled to free parking while volunteering?

Registered Holland Bloorview volunteers who show their hospital volunteer identification badge are granted parking privileges while on duty.

Contact

If you have questions, please contact us at volunteers@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-422-7031