Volunteer Services

Five volunteers, two men and three women, holding a sign that reads "Volunteers make a difference!"

We are looking forward to welcoming back volunteers in a phased-in approach this spring. If you are a prospective volunteer, please complete our application form found on this page and email it to our Volunteer Services office. A Volunteer Services Associate will be in touch with you as soon as possible to review your application and set up an interview. 

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 nearly 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.

Through proceeds from the gift shops and other initiatives, volunteers raise much needed dollars to purchase hospital capital equipment and to support patient events.

Would you like to volunteer with us?

St. Joseph’s is currently recruiting for various volunteer positions across the organization. If you have a specific area or program that interests you, please add this information to your application. 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

 
@email
519-646-6100, ext. 44050

It is a requirement that all volunteers provide proof of full vaccination prior to beginning their volunteer role with us.  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. 

Current volunteer opportunities

Role Description of role Location
Chapel Service Leader/Liturgical Facilitator/Preacher The ideal candidate for this position will have some knowledge of Christian theology and be able to articulate theological concepts in an easy to understand manner. You will be comfortable with public speaking and be able to assist in leading a chapel service and create a reflection to share with attendees. This role requires you to be comfortable with mental health issues and understanding of patients who may be experiencing them. Time commitment is from 10-12 pm on Thursdays, however it can be on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Parkwood Mental Health Care Building
Chapel Service: musical guest You will be able to play an instrument and have knowledge of a variety of different types of Christian hymns and worship songs. You will provide musical support throughout the chapel service. This role requires you to be comfortable with mental health issues and understanding of patients who may be experiencing them. Time commitment is from 10-12 pm on Thursdays, however can be on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Parkwood Mental Health Care Building
Chapel Service:
Patient support and portering
You will be responsible for working with staff in different patient units to gather patients who are interested in attending the chapel service. You will remain at the service to assist. If a patient wishes to leave the service, then you will assist in escorting them back to their unit. This role requires you to be comfortable with mental health issues and understanding of patients who may be experiencing them. Time commitment is from 10-12pm on Thursdays.   Parkwood Institute Main Building
Gift shop Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to our community? We are looking for pleasant and personable individuals to join our great team. No cash experience is needed and all training is provided. We are flexible with your availability.  All sites
Pet visitation You will bring in your fully vaccinated pet, who has completed at minimum a level 1 training, and visit with patients on a unit. Patients will play with and interact with your pet.  Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building
ConnectCare
installer
You will be assisting our clients in the community with the installation of their ConnectCare medical alert button system.  Parkwood Institute Main Building
Visiting
volunteer
You will be assigned to a unit where you will visit and engage with patients experiencing mental illness, and assist the recreation therapy staff with off-unit excursions and activities as needed. Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building

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.