Becoming a volunteer

Becoming a volunteer

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Markham Stouffville Hospital! To become a volunteer, please note the following:
Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 16 years or older (at the time of application).
  • A 60 hour commitment for all volunteers, which takes approximately 6-8 months of one 2 to 3 hour shift per week.
  • Applicants 18 years or older must submit a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) (volunteers pay a discounted fee to apply).  We can provide you with a supporting letter at the interview.
  • Completed immunization records (2 step tuberculosis screening, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Tdap and hepatitis B (immunization status only).
  • 2 written references (forms provided).
  • Resume.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a $20 refundable deposit for their ID badge. 
  • If selected, applicants must attend an interview and a volunteer orientation prior to beginning their volunteering. 

Volunteers are an integral part of the patient experience.  We ask that you consider your availability when applying to volunteer and ensure that you are able to fulfil our required commitment.  We have limited evening and weekend opportunities.

  • References will be provided only after a minimum of 60 hours have been completed.  Two weeks’ notice is required.
  • For those seeking summer volunteer opportunities, we have a post-secondary and high school Summer Volunteer Program.  Intake period for the Summer Program is March 1-April 30.  Post-Secondary summer program runs from May to end of August and the high school summer program runs from July to end of August.
  • For post-secondary co-op/internship opportunities, please contact our Professional Practice Office at 905-472-7373, ext. 6696.
  • Completed application packages can be to be sent to:  volunteering@msh.on.ca (only PDF files will be accepted), or by mail at the address below:

Markham Stouffville Hospital
381 Church Street
Markham, ON
L3P 7P3

Community Resources will notify applicants who have been shortlisted for an interview.  Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to offer volunteer placements to all candidates and we will only contact successful candidates.  

 

Year Round Adult/Post Secondary/High School Volunteer Program

Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 60 hours, one shift per week, (three to four hours). 

Download the application form.

Reference form.

Immunization form.

Summer Student Volunteer Program

This program is open to all new and returning student volunteers who are available to volunteer during the summer only.  

Post-secondary summer volunteer program
  • Runs from May 1 to August 31
  • Students must commit to two 3 to 4 hour shifts per week
  • Must be available for daytime shifts.
  • Applications are accepted between March 1 – April 30  
High School summer volunteer program
  •  Runs from July 1 to August 31
  • Students must commit to two 3 to 4 hours shifts per week
  • Must be available for daytime shifts.
  • Applications are accepted between March 1- April 30

Download the application form.

Reference form.

Immunization form.

Coop education program

High school

The Community-Based Cooperative Education Program is an experiential learning program in partnership between Markham Stouffville Hospital and the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). The application process is coordinated through YRDSB. Students interested in this program should consult with the guidance department at school.

Professional and allied health placements

Students or their placement coordinator should contact our Professional Practice Office at 905-472-7373, ext. 6696.

Medical office administration or clerical placements

Students in a medical office administration program are welcome to apply as a volunteer in the adult volunteer program. However, we are unable to sign an education agreement with the educational institution where the student is registered.

Spiritual and religious care program

At Markham Stouffville Hospital, our Spiritual and Religious Care team is focused on providing sensitive and respectful care to our diverse community. 

Spiritual care volunteers provide companionship, compassionate presence and a connection with the community.

Volunteers are an integral part of the patient experience. We ask that you consider your availability when applying to volunteer and ensure that you are able to fulfil our required commitment.  

The following are requirements for individuals interested in becoming a spiritual care volunteer or obtaining gain clergy privileges:

Spiritual and religious care volunteer

  • Minimum age of 18 years or older at the time of application.
  • Complete spiritual and religious care training at one of the local LHIN hospitals.
  • A 60 hour commitment for all volunteers, which takes approximately 6 to 8 months of one 2 to 3 hour shift per week.
  • Applicants must submit a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) (volunteers pay a discounted fee to apply).  MSH can provide a supporting letter at the interview.
  • Completed immunization records (2 step tuberculosis screening, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (tdap) and hepatitis B (immunization status only)). Download the Immunization form.
  • Two written references (forms provided) or one reference and a letter from your faith group leader. Download the Reference form.
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide a $20 refundable deposit for their ID badge. 
  • If selected, applicants must attend an interview and a volunteer orientation prior to beginning their volunteering. 
  • References will be provided only after a minimum of 60 hours have been completed.  Two weeks’ notice is required.
  • Download the Spiritual & Religious Care Volunteer Application form.


Clergy privileges or parish/religious group visitors

  • Must submit a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) (volunteers pay a discounted fee to apply). MSH can provide a supporting letter at the interview.
  • Completed immunization records (2 step tuberculosis screening, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, Tdap and hepatitis B (immunization status only)).
  • One reference and a letter from your faith group endorsing you.
  • $20 refundable deposit for ID badge.
  • Must only visit patients related to one’s parish or temple or mosque or those self-identified as seeking faith specific spiritual support from their faith group. 
  • Download the Spiritual & Religious Care Clergy Privileges Application form.

Completed application packages (only PDF files will be accepted) can be to be sent to: dshields@msh.on.ca, or by mail at the address below:

Markham Stouffville Hospital
381 Church Street
Markham, ON
L3P 7P3
Attn: Spiritual and Religious Care