Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services

One of the most special and important roles in improving patients' lives and delivering exceptional care

One of the most special and important roles in improving patients' lives and delivering exceptional care

Through their generous gift of time, skills, and talents, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) volunteers help with patient care and clinical services, administrative work and raising crucial funds to support the hospital.

SHN Volunteers are Extraordinary!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our volunteers are staying at home to protect themselves, our frontline staff, and our patients. Though we miss their presence in our hospitals, the work and legacy of their spirit continues as many of our volunteers continue to contribute from their homes through initiatives such as virtual pre-screening for our hemodialysis program, crafting, sewing, and supporting the vital work of our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.

If you are interested in joining our extraordinary team of SHN volunteers, please complete our online application form.

Interviews are being conducted virtually, and interview options will be available upon request. Orientations will only be available virtually to successful candidates, until further notice. Candidates will receive a notification with orientation dates going forward.

The Volunteer Services Department is currently operating, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Coordinators are available to answer your questions and concerns by phone or email at volunteerservices@shn.ca.

How to Access

Contact Us

Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone Numbers
Birchmount: 416-495-2400 Ext. 5360

General: 416-438-2911 Ext. 6021

Centenary: 416-281-7316 EXT. 4533

Become a volunteer!

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Click the button below to review our application process.

Student Summer Programs

R-WE (Real World Experience) SHN Summer Program

SHN’s popular R-WE (Real World Experience) Program offers students more unique opportunities to support the health of our community and make a real impact on the lives of our patients and the families we serve. Students can expect to gain real world experience in a health care environment by working alongside seasoned health care professionals, and building connections that will last a lifetime.

SHN Volunteer Services is currently recruiting for student volunteers that are willing to have a position in Scarborough Health Network and SHN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics within the Scarborough Community.

The R-WE Program is accepting applications. If you are interested in volunteering with SHN and our Scarborough community Vaccine Clinics, please see details and requirements below.

Minimum commitment:

  1. Be available to volunteer one full month (May, June, July, or August)
  2. Commit to five half-day, four-hour shifts per week (Monday through Friday) for a full month OR one four-hour shift once per week for three months.

Interested in applying? Visit How to Become a Volunteer to complete the steps.

Please reach out to Volunteerservices@shn.ca if you require any further details.

Summer Pathfinder Program

“May I help you?” Summer Pathfinder volunteers make sure everyone who walks through SHN’s doors gets immediate help with directions, information, and mobility assistance. The program is open to high school students who are interested in learning about health care with a focus on customer service and patient interaction. Pathfinders primarily provide support at the hospitals’ main entrances, and are offered opportunities to support at information desks and patient registration as spots become available.

If you are interested in volunteering for the summer, you must meet the following requirements.

Minimum commitment:

  • Be available to volunteer July and August
  • Commit to 5 half-day 4-hour shifts a week (Monday through Friday) for a full month OR a 4-hour shift once a week for two months
  • Complete an application package, Vulnerable Sector Check, health screening – TB and immunization form
  • Attend orientation prior to the first day of your placement