A patient of a volunteer with a patient in the chemotherapy suite

Before you apply, make sure that you understand the requirements of volunteering:

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 16 
  • There is a minimum six month commitment required for all volunteers (excluding summer student program)
  • A typical volunteer placement is a regular recurring shift of between three to four hours, once per week, for example every Wednesday 6:00am to 10:00am
  • Prior to starting your placement, you will be asked to obtain Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Volunteer applicants are responsible for the applicable fees.
  • You will be asked to provide two professional references
  • You will need to provide proof of immunizations and TB skin testing. You can find out more about health requirements. This will be reviewed at your interview, if you are selected.
  • Due to the high level of interaction with patients and visitors, volunteers must have excellent communication skills, including verbal and written English. Additional languages are an asset.
  • There are some areas of the hospital that do not offer volunteer opportunities, such as the pharmacy, laboratory, nutrition and food services, security, and environmental services
  • Job shadowing and observerships do not come under the scope of volunteering and are not offered through the volunteer resources department.
  • For those who are interested in volunteering in the summer only there is a summer program for university, college and high school students. 
  • Summer student placements require attendance each week for all of July and August, two volunteer shifts per week. Applications will only be accepted  between January 1st and March 31st.  More information can be found on the summer student program page.

Now, it's time to choose where you'd like to volunteer. 

Grand River Hospital has two campuses, and a regional cancer centre located at our KW Campus. 

  • The KW Campus near downtown Kitchener specializes in acute care with programs in surgical, medicine, mental health, emergency, child birth and children’s services.
  • Grand River Hospital's regional cancer centre is located next to GRH’s KW Campus, and is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, providing a wide range of advanced cancer treatment services including chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • The Freeport Campus is the primary location where we provide complex continuing care and rehabilitation programs in the community. These clients come to the hospital for therapy after strokes, amputations, pulmonary illness and trauma injuries. Freeport is also home to outpatient services and a specialized mental health program.

See volunteer roles for each location and send in your on-line application...

  • KW CampusVolunteer roles at GRH KW Campus
  • GRH regional cancer centreVolunteer roles at GRH's regional cancer centre
  • Freeport CampusVolunteer roles at GRH Freeport Campus
Our committment to accessibility for our volunteers:

Grand River Hospital strives to create a respectful, accessible and inclusive environment for all volunteers.  Upon individual request, recruitment processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities. Should any applicant require accommodation through the application, interview or selection processes, please contact volunteer resources for assistance.