Volunteer Services

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At this time, our volunteers are not able to be in any of St. Joseph's facilities, however, we will be in contact with volunteers when it is safe to once again return.

Volunteers are members of our community and are valued members of the St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s) team. 

Volunteering is reflected in many ways – from one-to-one visits to aiding patients and visitors with hospital information and wayfinding, to working in the library or helping out with special events. A diverse group of more than 1,000 volunteers support many clinical and non-clinical areas at our five sites. St. Joseph’s is grateful to our many volunteers who play a key role in enhancing the patient, resident, visitor and staff experience at St. Joseph’s.

Our Auxiliary and Volunteer Association partners are also important contributors to hospital fundraising. Through proceeds from the gift shops, vendor sales and other initiatives, volunteers raise much needed dollars to purchase hospital capital equipment and to support patient events.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?

Individuals looking to volunteer with St. Joseph’s are asked to complete a Volunteer Application and forward to:

Volunteer Services
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
PO Box 5777, Stn B
London, ON N6A 4V2

519-646-6100, ext. 44050

All applicants will be contacted within 10 business days by Volunteer Services, to review their volunteer application and to schedule an interview. Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six months of volunteering. 

COVID-19 update: If you are a prospective volunteer who is submitting your volunteer application, Volunteer Services will contact you once interviews resume. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with St. Joseph's.
All volunteers are thoroughly trained and attend a hospital orientation to help understand the responsibilities and learn the duties as a volunteer. 
Volunteer Services offices are open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm at all five St. Joseph’s Health Care London sites. The offices are closed on all statutory holidays and weekends. 

High school students

St. Joseph’s Health Care London is committed to mentoring tomorrow's health care professionals today. 

We offer Co-operative Education Placements to secondary education students from the Thames Valley District School Board and the London Catholic School Board. Interested high school students should contact their Co-operative Education Teacher responsible for this program for further information.

Volunteer Services works with the school boards to arrange these exciting opportunities for students in our community. Co-operative students are accepted during the fall and winter semesters.

Current Volunteer Opportunities 

St. Joseph’s has many volunteer opportunities available across all five St. Joseph’s sites. Once safe to do so, St. Joseph's will recruit regularly for the volunteer positions listed below. If you have a specific area or program that is not listed below, please complete a volunteer application and list your area of interest, as appropriate.

Location(s) Area or Program Volunteer Title Details

Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building

Clothing Store

Clothing Store Volunteer

Provide a free and unique shopping experience for patients and residents.  Primary responsibilities include, fashion advice, keeping store tidy and organized, and some basic laundry duties.  Shifts are between two to four hours.

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care

Gift/Variety Shop

Variety Store Cashier Volunteer

Gain retail experience and enjoy interacting with St. Joseph’s patients, visitors and staff.  Primary duties include, managing the store, customer service, handling cash, and restocking items.   Shifts are between three to six hours, depending on location.

Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care

Patient floors

One- on -one Visiting 

Visit with patients to improve their quality of life during their recovery.  Participate in leisure activities, including cards, games and taking walk. Shifts are between two to four hours any day of the week.  

Parkwood Institute Main Building

Veterans Care Program




Therapeutic Recreation Assistant



Volunteer alongside St. Joseph’s therapeutic recreation staff at Parkwood Institute, Veterans Care Program. Position duties include, assisting with recreation programs, promotion of programs to residents, and resident portering to activities. Shifts are approximately two hours.