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.

COVID-19 update for volunteer programs

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our volunteers have been temporarily suspended. We are currently planning for their safe return, and will share any updates as soon as possible. Thank you.

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.

We are still accepting volunteer applications!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at SHN, please complete our online application form.

Additionally, interviews are being conducted virtually, 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.

Stay up to date on COVID-19

SHN is currently screening patients and visitors at our hospital entrances. Some of our entrances may be closed or have reduced access. Visitor guidelines have been adjusted. Please visit our COVID-19 information page for any updates, including closures and cancellations, before coming to the hospital.

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

The time has come! SHN’s popular R-WE (Real World Experience) Program is returning, offering students more unique opportunities to support the health of our community and making 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 will start accepting applications April 1st until April 25th, 2021. 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