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Thank you for your interest in Volunteering at Hamilton Health Sciences.

The Volunteer Application form is now open for limited Volunteer intake as we continue our reintegration efforts.

We are accepting applications for the current opportunities available at this time (please see the Opportunities tab). Highlighted placements are closed until further notice.

Last updated: March 14, 2023

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At Hamilton Health Sciences, we have more than 1,300 volunteers supporting our patients, their families and our staff. They’re an essential part of what we do.

The benefits to volunteering in health care are all very personal and may include the desire to help others, or to gain valuable knowledge and experience within a hospital environment. Whatever the reason, we appreciate the contributions our volunteers make. As a way to show our gratitude, we’re pleased to offer many benefits to our volunteers,  including complimentary drinks and parking, access to a wellness facility, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more.

Thank you for your interest in sharing your gift of time with our patients, families, staff, and community.

Our Mission Statement

To enhance the comfort of the patients and their families at Hamilton Health Sciences through the efforts of volunteers by:

  • Recruiting and managing quality volunteers for clinical and service programs
  • Creating a culture that values all volunteers and assists them in developing their potential to achieve the Volunteer Resources vision

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteer Resources is committed to recruiting and supporting quality volunteers.

  • Volunteering at Hamilton Health Sciences involves making a minimum commitment of 50 hours or 6 months
  • Intake is based on the number of vacancies, availability, and suitability

Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to continue through the process will be contacted. Volunteer Resources keeps applications on file for 3 months.

e-Information Session

It’s important that anyone interested in volunteering at HHS understands the commitment required and the process involved. Please review the e-information session below to see if volunteering at HHS is right for you!

VR E-Info Session – 2022-23


Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) prides itself on helping people of all ages access the best care they need when they need it most. Volunteers at HHS have the opportunity to support patients in many different programs across our hospitals, from children’s to seniors’ care. We offer placements in both clinical and common areas of the hospital and work with successful applicants to find a volunteer placement that’s right for them.

To review the Volunteer placements page please click the links below.

Please note: highlighted placements are closed at this time.

Please note: High School Student Volunteer Program

The High School Student Volunteer Program is the program available for people who are at least 14 years of age and are enrolled in High School. It is only offered at the Hamilton General Hospital and Juravinski Hospital at this time and runs Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Advisor Connect

Advisor Connect is a volunteer-based mentorship program that provides support to those who are looking for more information about volunteering opportunities and the volunteer onboarding process at Hamilton Health Sciences. Through Advisor Connect, a representative from the HHS Volunteer program can provide you with helpful information as well as a unique perspective to support your volunteering experience.

If you would like to connect with a Volunteer Advisor, please click on the appropriate hospital site below and you will be directed to send an e-mail with your inquiries.

Please write “Volunteer” in the subject line to your inquiry to the Advisor Connect.

Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre

McMaster Hospital Placements

St. Peters Hospital 


How long will Volunteer reintegration take?

Reintegration continues to be underway with limited recruitment taking place.

When will the Volunteer Application Form re-open?

The Application Form is now open. Note: All application forms are kept on file for 3-months of the application submission date. Previous application forms submitted between March 2020 and October 2021 are no longer valid. Please resubmit your application.

What Volunteer placements will be in most need when recruitment opens?

Please monitor the website under Opportunities to better understand the current set of needs as external recruitment resumes and our programs resume.

I am required to complete volunteer hours for a course that I am taking. How can I do this if intake is closed?

If you are fulfilling a school requirement please reach out to our Student Affairs department by visiting: www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/learning

Mandatory vaccinations

All new and returning volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.