How to volunteer

Anyone can volunteer at The Dorothy Ley Hospice providing he or she is at least 16 years of age and passes a reference check. Volunteers who work directly with palliative individuals must be at least 21 years of age and must pass a police check. We have a number of volunteer positions including direct care support volunteers, In-home support volunteers, hospitality volunteers, nutrition volunteers, bereavement support volunteers, gardening volunteers, office administration volunteers and fundraising volunteers.

If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities, simply give us a call. Our Volunteer Services Coordinator will be pleased to help you find the volunteer opportunity that suits your skills.  Call (416) 626-0116 or send an e-mail for more information.


What is an In-home Support Volunteer? 
An In-home Support Volunteer, as the name suggests, works directly with people facing life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers.
The volunteer listens, provides comfort, support and companionship. Sometimes an individual appreciates being read to or being taken for a walk. In-home Support Volunteers often help with shopping and errands, light meal preparation, and letter writing. Sometimes the volunteer acts as an advocate to help individuals get any additional help they need.

What skills do I need to be a Volunteer?
The most valuable skill an In-home Support Volunteer can have is the ability to listen. The Dorothy Ley Hospice also prizes sensitivity and respect for all. The best thing a volunteer can do for an individual is just be there and listen. Multilingual volunteers are especially appreciated. In fact, our team speaks 30 different languages.

How much of a commitment do I have to make?
Long and short-term commitments are possible. Tell us what kind of commitment you feel comfortable with and we'll find the right opportunity for you.

How many hours am I committed to per week?
Hospice volunteers assigned to an individual will volunteer an average of four hours a week. Hospitality volunteers are assigned to work once a week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Other volunteers work as required to help complete assigned projects.

May I take vacations?
Vacations are encouraged. Just give us advance notice so that we may schedule someone in your place.

Is it possible to volunteer for special events or fundraising efforts only?
Of course! We host a series of fundraising and special events throughout the year and volunteers are instrumental in their success.

May I volunteer with the Hospice if someone close to me has died?
We ask that you wait a year before taking a volunteer position that supports individuals with a life-limiting illness.

Thinking of Volunteering?  Join us at the next Volunteer Information Session.  Click here for detials.