March Break Volunteer

Learn more about volunteering during March Break Camp.

Volunteer with client

Make a difference and earn up to 40 hours of community service in one week!

Applications are now being accepted for March Break 2020 programs, running from March 16-20, 2020.

The deadline for first-round consideration of March Break volunteer applications is Friday, January 24, 2020. After that date, applications will be considered for any remaining spaces until all volunteer positions have been filled.

March Break volunteer opportunities may include:

Creative Arts March Break Respite Camp

Volunteers must be 16+ years of age

This is an arts- and recreation-based day camp that serves children and youth 4-18 years old with complex physical disabilities and developmental delays.

Therapeutic recreation

Volunteers must be 17+ years of age

Therapeutic recreation offers a variety of programs to engage and support the rehabilitation goals of inpatient clients in: the brain injury rehab team unit (BIRT), specialized orthopaedic & developmental rehab unit (SODR) and the complex continuing care unit (CCC). Activities include sports and recreation, arts and crafts, games, and sensory-based play in group settings, or 1:1 activities at client bedside.

Ronald McDonald Playroom

Volunteers must be 17+ years of age

The Ronald McDonald Playroom provides drop-in recreational activities for outpatient clients and their siblings, aged 2.5 years+. Activities include arts and crafts, games, and sensory-based play.

Before you apply

These are the requirements to volunteer at Holland Bloorview as a member of our March break program:

  • I can commit to 40 hours over 5 full days, 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., for the week of March break. I have no planned absences (e.g. appointments, classes, day trips, etc.). Reliability is key. Volunteering at Holland Bloorview is a commitment. The clients at Holland Bloorview rely on you, the volunteer, to participate in programs.
  • I am a minimum of 16 years of age.
  • I can attend a mandatory Basic introductory training session before March break.
  • I have been vaccinated against influenza and have proof of vaccination or I am willing to sign a declaration form regarding my decision not to be vaccinated.

Volunteers will be expected to do everything possible to prevent the spread of the flu at our sites and getting the flu shot (or wearing a mask if you can't) is an effective way to do this. In the event of an influenza outbreak among inpatient clients, therapeutic recreation volunteers who have not been vaccinated may not be eligible to attend program. In this situation, the Volunteer Resources department may not be able to offer an alternate placement.

The influenza vaccine requires 14 days to reach full effectiveness, so we encourage vaccination as early as possible.