Just a few hours of your time means so much to Baycrest clients. We appreciate the unique skill set you bring to us and we hope to match you with the right volunteer position. A good command of English language is necessary, while fluency in a second language, including Yiddish, Russian, Hebrew, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian or Cantonese is an asset.
Below are a few examples of the opportunities we offer. We hope you’ll join our volunteer team.
Ambulatory care clinics host
Volunteers needed to spend time and socialize with clients while they await their appointments.
Apotex Family Mentor
The Apotex Family Mentor is someone who has gone through the experience of moving a loved one into Baycrest’s Apotex, Jewish Home for the Aged.
Being a mentor is your opportunity to share your knowledge with other families as they move their loved ones into the Apotex and begin the process of settling in or at anytime there is a need.
Qualities of a Family Mentor
- Willingness to share your experience and knowledge with others
- Caring nature
Benefits of being a mentor
- Being a member of the Apotex admittance team.
- The pleasure of sharing real life experiences to help others through a difficult time.
- The satisfaction of knowing you have helped a new Apotex family member.
- The enjoyment of a new challenge.
Be an actor in the Simulation Project
You can support the Learning, Research and Innovation simulation project, by acting in training scenarios created for staff, volunteers and students.
Community day centre
Looking for patient, kind, caring individuals to assist daily with their programs.
You can make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of our clients, by choosing one of our eating assistance roles. You can be a friendly visitor at mealtime, assist a client with eating, or act as a dining room greeter. You’ll receive specialized training in the latest eating assistance techniques.
Escort to salon
Spend time with clients who live in our long-term care home or who are staying in our hospital. Your friendly face and interaction will make a difference during what can be a lonely time for seniors. May include chatting, playing games, reminiscing, participating in activities, and/or strolling through our campus.
Assist visitors to Baycrest with directions and general information.
The Museum at Baycrest seeks enthusiastic volunteers whose interests lie in art, museums, history, research and/or Judaica to engage in two major projects over the summer months. The first, an online catalogue project, requires volunteers who have great computer skills, are detail-oriented, and have sound researching skills. The second, the Museum on Wheels, is a bedside art program that requires volunteers with a background in art and/or anthropology, and previous experience working with an elderly clientele. All ages are welcome to apply.
Volunteers are needed to provide support to our patients and often their families on our palliative care unit. End of life can be a tough time for patients and families, volunteers can offer many things including companionship, emotional support and practical assistance. Mandatory specialized training will be provided.
Pet visitors make such a difference in the lives of our clients. Dogs that volunteer with their owners at Baycrest are screened by St. John’s Ambulance or Therapeutic Paws of Canada. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Services Department.
Seniors Support Program
Through a scheduled weekly telephone call or email, each volunteer will patiently listen to their client, offer encouragement or provide helpful information as required. If individuals need more support, a social worker is available.
The Wagman Centre is looking for volunteers to: escort residents to their tables, socialize at lunchtime and assist with the Arts & Crafts Program.
Wellness Path Program
The Wellness Path Program is for community-dwelling seniors, over the age of 55 who are referred for these services. Volunteers will greet clients upon their arrival, socialize with clients, engage them in discussion and facilitate other activities while they are waiting to be seen by staff.