Volunteers are the heart of Hospice Vaughan.

Our dedicated volunteers contribute greatly to our organization through participating in client and family support programs, events, administration, gardening, and maintenance.

Volunteers are the foundation of our Hospice Vaughan community, each person assuming a significant role. Together, we all bring unique gifts to share.

Become part of the Hospice Vaughan family today!

To our many volunteers, we thank you.

Volunteering: Giving, growing and making a difference.

When volunteering at Hospice Vaughan, you have the opportunity to provide the greatest gift to someone with a life-limiting illness- the gift of comfort. We equip you with proper training and education so that you feel confident sharing your time and skills with others. When volunteering in philanthropy, you are not only supporting the people you care for, but you’re also growing yourself as an individual.

Thank you for your consideration in volunteering with Hospice Vaughan.

Ways you can volunteer

Hospice Vaughan volunteers provide compassionate companionship for adults, seniors and children facing a life-limiting illness and empathetic support to caregivers and their families from diagnosis through to bereavement. We are proud to offer an array of volunteer programs designed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

 direct care Roles

(client facing)


Volunteers are involved with direct hands-on care with residents, assisting our nursing and PSW staff, and spending one to one time with our residents and their families as needed.

Required: Will need to complete 13-Week PalCare Certification and supplementary training.


Social volunteers support the clients in our day program with life limiting illnesses that visit our facility to participate in a morning filled with socializing, bingo, light fitness and ending with a delicious lunch. Social and emotional support is provided by social volunteers & prepping, cooking and delivering lunch is in the hands of the kitchen volunteers.

Required: Will need to complete 13-Week PalCare Certification and supplementary training.


Volunteers trained and certified provide complementary therapy work with clients to provide emotional and physical support.  Therapeutic remedies such as Reiki, Meditation, Yoga, Therapeutic Touch, Qigong, Art Therapy, Massage Therapy and Visualization/Guided Imagery plus others are welcome.

Required: Will need to complete 13-Week PalCare Certification and supplementary training.


Providing emotional support and companionship, or respite care to caregivers. Engaging clients in activities (board games, reminiscing, looking at photo albums, or going for walks) providing caregivers relief. This role does not provide personal care or perform medical procedures.

Required: Will need to complete 13-Week PalCare Certification and supplementary training.


Helping to co-facilitate support groups providing emotional support to caregivers, families and friends following the death of a loved one.

Required: Will need to complete 13-Week PalCare Certification and supplementary training.

Indirect care Roles

(non-client facing)


Representing Hospice Vaughan in the community to create awareness and fundraise for our programs and services. They will train, prepare and actively participate in community events such as our three signature events – Community Hearts Gala, Hike for Hospice and our Golf Tournament.  Many other opportunities occur throughout the year and these volunteers are key to developing community partnerships to aid with our philanthropic goals.


Volunteers assist with preparing homemade nutricious meals for our residents and families and assist with cleaning/sanitizing the main kitchen area and Family Kitchen.


Serve as the hospice’s welcoming presence to families and visitors while assisting with inquiries both in person and via telephone. Additionally, assist with various administrative tasks as needed.  Your presence will help create an atmosphere of comfort and support for all who enter our hospice.

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Volunteer information

General Volunteer:

  • Individuals 16-18 years old are welcome to apply for reception and events roles only
  • Individuals 18+ years old are welcome to apply for all roles
  • We ask that individuals commit to 1-4 volunteers hours bi-weekly with a one year commitment so that we can ensure the needs and requirements of Hospice Vaughan are met
  • All volunteers are screened by our staff though an interview, reference checks and review of a completed Vulnerable Sector Check

Secondary Students:

  • If you are currently a student looking to complete service hours, please contact: volunteerservices@hospicevaughan.com (do not submit an online application)
  • Hours are available during our signature events however, due to the commitment and training involved in our regular roles, we do not offer these positions to students looking to complete service hours


Inclusivity and equal opportunity are at the core of our volunteer program. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds, abilities, and identities, ensuring equal opportunities and a diverse, enriching community at Hospice Vaughan. If during the application process you require any additional support or accommodations, please reach out to our Volunteer Manager at shareezal@hospicevaughan.com

For any additional inquiries please contact: volunteerservices@hospicevaughan.com

For community, by community.

Providing world class palliative and bereavement care when its needed, where its needed.