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CHEO's Volunteer Program

Program Requirements

This is what you need to know:

  • A minimum once a week commitment is required, which is set for the same day and time every week, ranging from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the role
  • Because most patient programming happens during the day, we have a greater need for daytime volunteers.
  • Evening and week-end opportunities are limited
  • Not all listed opportunities may be available to students.
  • Many factors are considered when matching volunteers to a role, including your availability, interests, and skills and how they match to our current available opportunities.
  • Because many of our opportunities offer interactions with clients, it is important that our volunteers be able to follow, give directions and to express oneself clearly and concisely in the English language. Additional languages are an asset.
  • All new volunteers attend a hospital orientation session, and CHEO staff will provide training and support.
  • Complimentary parking privileges are available to volunteers
  • Opportunities do not include job shadowing experiences

Here is the required documentation for all applicants:

As an applicant, please submit the following documents with your application. Please note that having this information when you apply significantly expedites the application process:

  1. Immunization status: Proof of a vaccination record or immunity from a blood test for mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) and chicken pox is required. Please note that a history of having had mumps, measles, rubella and/or chicken pox or shingles, is not an acceptable proof of immunity. A Health Care Provider (family doctor, walk-in clinic, College / University Health Services) may assist with obtaining these requirements.
  2. Police Records Check for Service with Vulnerable Sector: If you have a current Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector completed within the last two years, please submit a copy with this application form in order to expedite the process. If you don’t have this, you will be provided with a letter from CHEO if you are accepted as a volunteer to obtain one, free of charge, from the Ottawa Police Service.
  3. References: You will be asked to provide the names of two (2) individuals who have known you personally or professionally for more than one year that we may contact. References must not be family relatives.

If you are accepted as a CHEO volunteer: You will be required to complete and submit the following requirements. (Any costs for these requirements are the responsibility of the applicant / volunteer except as noted).

  1. Tuberculosis Testing: A 2-step tuberculosis skin test (2 injections, 2 examinations = 4 appointments), completed within the last 12 months. Candidates who test positive must submit the results of a negative chest x-ray report, completed within the last 5 years. A Health Care Provider (family doctor, walk in clinic, College / University Health Services) may assist you with obtaining these requirements.
  2. Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector: CHEO can accept an existing Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector completed within the last two years. Once accepted as a CHEO volunteer, CHEO will provide a letter to accepted candidates to waive the fee.
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