Volunteer Program

Volunteers are an integral part of our hospice care team. Emily’s House professional staff support is augmented by trained volunteers, who are supported and supervised by our Manager of Volunteer Services. Volunteers are committed, compassionate, screened and trained to meet the provincially established volunteer standards of practice. They are specially trained for working with children. They are people from all walks of life who desire to make a difference in their community by helping to make a child’s journey with a serious illness more manageable.

Volunteers provide practical, emotional and recreational support to children with a life-limiting disease, or their siblings. Responsibilities may include:

  • Children’s support (i.e., play, arts and crafts, reading, holding, or carrying out activities recommended by the Emily’s House Play Therapist)
  • Personal Care: assistance with meals, daily activities, etc.
  • Office Administration
  • Fundraising and special events
  • Maintenance (i.e., painting, repairs, gardening etc.)

Please visit our Volunteer Homepage, to see the application process, information sessions, upcoming training schedules, and more information.

Who Can Volunteer?

Volunteers are ordinary people from various backgrounds, who are passionate about contributing to their communities. They are trained in the provision of hospice care and understand the importance of dignity, independence and respecting confidentiality, beliefs, choices, faith and culture.

To apply to be a volunteer, please complete the application form here. 

If you have questions or need information on how to apply as a volunteer please contact Amanda Maragos, Manager of Volunteer Services ([email protected]) 416-363-9196 ext. 211

Is Training Provided?

Yes, training is provided free of charge for those who have successfully completed the application and screening process. Volunteers must complete both the Hospice Core (30 hrs) and Children’s (24 hrs) Training programs. Training provides volunteers with the tools and skills necessary to deliver the psychosocial supports required when providing hospice care for children and their family members.

What Volunteer roles are Available?

Emily’s House Volunteer roles include: Client Care, Children’s Programming, Kitchen and Food, Maintenance, and Office Administration / Greeter. More details will be provided during your Volunteer Information  Session.

What Will Be Your Commitment?

Volunteers provide 3-8 hours per week depending on their availability and the need. Volunteers are requested to make a one year commitment.

Where Does Volunteering Take Place?

Emily’s House volunteers offer care and support at our children’s hospice, located near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street in Toronto.


Whether I am using my educational training and experience to work, read, dance, or cuddle, I feel thoroughly blessed to be getting to share those moments with amazing clients, parents, and staff.” -An Emily’s House Volunteer