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About this Program

Volunteers have always played a significant role in our organization and are an important part of the SCHC family. We provide an opportunity for people to bring about real change within their communities.

We encourage a donation of time and talents to address local challenges, and unite communities by sharing our capacity to care for one another. The spirit of caring is clearly evident in our many volunteers at SCHC. We appreciate everyone who wants to share their time with us and encourage you to join us!

Read more about volunteering at SCHC below.

Volunteering Opportunities

Interested in becoming a volunteer for SCHC?

We currently have a need for Hospice Home Visiting, Friendly Visiting and Bereavement Volunteers. Since many of our programs depend on volunteers, we need reliable and dedicated volunteers who can contribute their time during weekdays: Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Meals on Wheels shifts are once a week from approx. 11:30am to 1:30pm – just 2 hours of your time once a week! You must drive your own car for Meals on Wheels.

Please note: We have very little evening or weekend opportunities.

**Note: High School Students Looking for Volunteer Hours?: Please connect with our Youth team at 416-642-9445 ext. 4473, about volunteering in our Youth Programs.
You can also contact Volunteer Toronto at 416-961-6888 ext. 232 or

How Do I Apply?

Step 1:

Explore the SCHC website and get familiar with our various programs.

Step 2:

Read the volunteer roles listed on this page and decide on one or two that interest you the most.

*NOTE* Step 3:

Attend a Volunteer Information Session. You will learn about SCHC, what’s involved in becoming a volunteer with us and the various volunteer roles. This general info session provides an opportunity to determine if SCHC is a good fit for your volunteer goals. If you have any questions, please bring them to the info. session.

The next Volunteer Info Session is not presently scheduled. Once the date is decided, this page will be updated. Thank you for your patience.

​Please send an email to: including your name and phone number if you are able to attend the next virtual session. It will be over ZOOM and you will need a phone or computer or tablet with a camera and microphone to participate.

Note: If you want to volunteer in Hospice Palliative, Bereavement Support, or Friendly Visiting, there’s a separate Volunteer Coordinator focused on ONLY these 3 programs.
Please email: for info about volunteering in these areas. There is an urgent need in these 3 programs, so please consider them. There is extra training involved and you become certified as a Hospice Bereavement Care Support Volunteer.

Step 4:

After you have attended a volunteer info session, you will be provided a link to complete an online application and some additional required forms by: The forms are fillable PDF and can be done online. You can email them or also drop them off at our head office location.

Step 5:

If you have a current, CLEAR Vulnerable Sector Police Check (obtained in the last 12 months), please provide a copy. If you don’t, we provide the link or form and explain the process to obtain one. You will not be allowed to volunteer at SCHC without one. There is a cost to obtain this and you are required to pay. If this is a barrier to volunteering, please contact us at:

Head office location, 629 Markham Rd. at Lawrence Ave., Unit #2, North-east corner, behind Shoppers Drug Mart, lower level, facing Greenholm Circuit. We appreciate your future volunteer time – Thank you.

Volunteer Role Descriptions – these are the ONLY roles we offer:

Beat the Heat Program Volunteer (Summer months only)

Please note we require all volunteers to:

  • Commit to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months, and longer for some programs
  • Contribute a minimum of 3 to 4 hours weekly, depending on the volunteer role. Meals on Wheels is a 2-hour shift once a week.
  • Have a good knowledge of English – must able to speak clearly, read and write please
  • Must be 19 years old *Note: High School students – please connect with our Youth team at 416-642-9445 ext. 4473, or Volunteer Toronto at 416-961-6888 ext. 232
  • Provide or commit to obtaining a CLEAR Vulnerable Sector police check (criminal background check). We supply instructions to obtain this but not the payment.
  • Understand that volunteer positions are unpaid. Volunteering is the philanthropic activity of donating your time to a cause you wish to support.
  • Be prepared to devote time to online training mandatory for all volunteers and to provide 2 personal references.

To volunteer in the Hospice, Friendly Visiting, and Bereavement programs, we prefer a 1-year commitment. These programs also require additional in-person and online training. The majority of our volunteer positions require the availability of 3 to 4 hours between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Occasional volunteers may be needed for evening or weekend special events.

Corporate Team Volunteer Opportunities

SCHC offers opportunities for corporate teams to volunteer. These may include helping at the Food Bank, special projects like painting, organizing special events, putting together Harm Reduction Kits or Cold Weather Care Kits, holding a food drive or raising funds for urgently needed services or items for the Scarborough community. We also have an ongoing urgent need for Meals on Wheels Corporate Teams. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact:

Contact Us

Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement




Your volunteer location will be determined based on your volunteer role. Head office location, 629 Markham Rd. at Lawrence Ave., Unit #2, North-east corner, behind Shoppers Drug Mart, lower level, facing Greenholm Circuit. We appreciate your future volunteer time. Thank you.