Long-Term Care Home Volunteer
We are always looking for volunteers to join our team. Find out more below.
As a member of our volunteer team you will experience an environment that is stimulating, challenging and rewarding.
Your support will help residents maintain as active, independent and as high a quality of life as possible by augmenting and complementing services provided by staff of the home.
Volunteer initiatives enhance the lives of residents and clients, by delivering many programs such as the tuck shop, bingo, pub, one-to-one visiting, and help to enhance many other home programs including dining assistance and escorting.
Other areas of volunteer service may include:
- arts and crafts
- chapel liaison
- dining enhancement
- musical entertainment
- program convenors
- special events
- trip escort
All volunteers are provided with orientation, training, staff support, program choices and flexibility in scheduling.
Where to Volunteer
Seniors Services and Long-Term Care operates 10 long-term care homes across the City of Toronto. Each has a Coordinator, Volunteer Services who is ready to meet with you to help you find a volunteer program that is right for you.
|Location||Phone number||Email Address|
|Castleview Wychwood Towers||416-392-3973||Carla.Young@toronto.ca|
|True Davidson Acres||416-397-0364||Susan.Kearns@toronto.ca|
When to Volunteer
As long-term care homes operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week, there are opportunities to fit every schedule – days, evenings and weekends. The frequency of volunteering depends on your role, but most volunteers come once a week.
As a volunteer, we ask you to make a six-month commitment to the program — but you are welcome to volunteer for as long as you like after that, especially if you have developed special friendships with our residents.
How to Apply
The process to become a volunteer with Seniors Services and Long-Term Care includes an application, orientation, police reference check (PRC) vulnerable sector screen and references.
To begin the process of your volunteer service with Seniors Services and Long-Term Care please:
- Choose the location/home where you want to volunteer.
- Complete and return the following forms to the Coordinator, Volunteer Services at the home where you want to volunteer.
The Coordinator, Volunteer Services will contact you with more information.
Student volunteers are an integral part of the volunteer team. At present, one in three of our active volunteers are under the age of 18 years.
Learn more and get involved by volunteering in long-term care and earn your hours for high school credit at the same time.
Each of our homes have Volunteer Youth Councils that provide a framework for youth volunteers to gain leadership experience, learn decision-making skills and augment successful resident programs.
Many employers encourage staff to get involved in community service projects and Seniors Services and Long-Term Care offers an excellent opportunity for you to volunteer through your place of employment.
Contact the Coordinator, Volunteer Services at the location of your choice for more information.
Excellence in Volunteering Awards
Excellence in Volunteering recognizes individuals and groups for donating their time, energy and skills to enhance the lives of residents and clients in the City’s 10 long-term care homes and community programs.
Last year, more than 2,200 volunteers contributed 136,000 hours of volunteer service through a wide range of services including arts and gardening programs, friendly visiting, operating gift shops and bistros, hosting fundraisers, providing end-of-life support, and organizing cultural and religious activities and special events.
Watch the volunteers in action.