Volunteering in Our Hospital

Each year more than 500 compassionate individuals from our community volunteer more than 90,000 hours in 55 different areas of the hospital.

Many of our volunteers work directly with patients:

  • Assisting in hospital playrooms (and sometimes at the bedside)
  • Playing board games 
  • Reading to children (requires 10 hours of individual training)

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering outside of our hospital is also an important way to help our patients. You can sign up to be a special events volunteer or start your own fundraising effort to involve your friends, family and community:

Volunteer Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • At least 15 years old
  • 18 years of age to work directly with patients
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Able to communicate well in English (second language skills are a plus)
  • Willing to volunteer one 3-4 hour shift for 8 consecutive weeks as a patient/family escort.

Volunteer Commitment

Comprehensive testing, training, and orientations are provided for each volunteer at our hospital. We ask that each volunteer commit to completing 100 hours of service in no less than six months of consecutive service. Please be patient with us as evening and weekend volunteer shifts are the most popular. As a result, receiving an assignment during these highly requested times may take longer.

Personal Interview and Competency Test Completion

  • Related to working with hospitalized patients
  • Related to our Confidentiality Policy

Health Clearance Examination

The health clearance is necessary before you begin working with patients. It includes:

  • Written documentation of a minimum of two vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) received as a child in individuals born after 1957, or one MMR given after the age of 17
  • Verbal knowledge of having had chicken pox
  • TB skin test screening for tuberculosis (the hospital requires a two-step TB test, which may mean up to four visits to the Employee Health Services Department, or, in skin test-positive individuals, a written report of chest x-ray results taken within the previous year
  • Drug and alcohol screening

Volunteer Uniform

You will be required to adhere to specific policies regarding volunteer work attire. You will also need to purchase and wear a uniform at a personal cost of $15.

Before You May Volunteer

The Volunteer Services Department will work with you to schedule completion of:

  • A three-hour General Orientation, usually held on weeknights
  • A two-hour Patient Care Orientation given by the Child Life Department
  • A personal interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Health clearance through our Employee Health Services Department
  • Purchase of a volunteer uniform

How to Become a Volunteer

Please be advised that while we are currently accepting applications, it can take two to three months to complete the application process before you may actually begin volunteering. Positions on the waiting list are assigned as applications are accepted, and seats in New Volunteer Orientation are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We encourage you to think ahead and apply early.

Download and complete the application.