Children's and Women's Hospital

Volunteering at Children’s & Women’s Hospital

No matter what your age, talent or interest, every minute of time that you give as a volunteer at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital makes a big difference in the daily lives of our patients.

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What It Means to Volunteer at Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Each day, the volunteers at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital help create thousands of healing moments with a simple smile or a comforting touch. Whether they are providing assistance in the gift shop, rocking and feeding newborn babies, entertaining and mentoring pediatric patients, or greeting and escorting guests, the volunteers contribute a great deal to the healing process of our patients.

At Children’s & Women’s Hospital, the volunteer program offers many unique opportunities, and we are always looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, qualified and committed individuals of all ages and backgrounds to join our team. Whether you are motivated by a desire to help out in your community, are looking for exposure to careers in the healthcare field, or simply want to “give back,” you will find your volunteer experience a rewarding and exciting one.

Applicants chosen to volunteer at the Children’s & Women’s Hospital must also go through an orientation, provide documentation of 2 doses of MMR, 2 doses of Varicella or a history of chicken pox, TDAP vaccine, current flu shot during flu season and negative TB skin test in the past 12 months. Applicants will be asked to submit a completed application and agree to a background check conducted by USA Health. Upon acceptance, applicants will attend an orientation.

Ways to Volunteer

College and Adult Volunteers
As a volunteer, you can support our patients and families by volunteering on patient floors and in office settings. Volunteers create their schedule by selecting one 4-hour shift, on the same day and same time to volunteer each week for a minimum commitment of six months. Uniform tops cost $25 and are required for college and adult volunteers. From May through August, college students returning locally for the summer may participate in a special summer program. For more detailed information, please contact us at (251) 415-1123.

Teen Volunteer Program
Applications are closed for 2019 and will open in January for 2020.

Volunteering with Children’s & Women’s Hospital as a teen can be a valuable personal growth experience, as well as a wonderful way to support and invest in our community.

Teen volunteers must be 15 years of age and have completed their freshman year of high school. Volunteers will be assigned to one 4-hour shift on the same day and time each week for eight weeks. Available shifts are Monday through Friday. No late evening or weekend shifts. Teen Volunteer summer session is short (June to July). We ask that absences be kept to a minimum during this time. Teen volunteers are required to wear volunteer uniforms, which cost $20.

For more detailed information about the Teen Volunteer Program, contact bbaggett@health.southalabama.edu or rwblanchard@health.southalabama.edu. For all other inquiries, please call (251) 415-1123.

Pianists
In the lobby of Children’s & Women’s Hospital, the strains of beautiful piano music often add a feeling of comfort for our patients and visitors. We are actively seeking volunteers to perform as guest pianists. Performance time slots are available daily, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please use our contact form to sign up to be a volunteer pianist.

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Ronald McDonald House Family Room Volunteers
Two Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms are available for family members of hospitalized children. Located on the third and fourth floors of the children’s tower, the rooms are equipped with private restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, television and Wi-Fi connections, and a kitchenette stocked with snacks and beverages. Volunteers are on hand to make sure the rooms are well maintained and to assist family members if needed as they seek a quiet place during often stressful times.

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Pet Therapy
Pet therapy is regarded as an effective treatment for patients of all ages. USA Health’s Paws of Love pet therapy program provides stress relief and mental stimulation, encourages communication, and even lessens the effects of depression and anxiety in patients. We would be happy to have your “Pet Partner Certified” pup bring a smile to our patients’ faces. Volunteers must be willing to commit to one visit per month. For more information about becoming part of the certified Pet Partner team, visit www.petpartners.org so you can volunteer your pet today.

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Event Volunteers
We welcome volunteers to help with hospital-related special events. If you are interested in one of our events, contact Rebekah Blanchard with the Office of Volunteer Services at (251) 415-1123 or email rwblanchard@health.southalabama.edu.

Clinical Observations
Students who are preparing to enter the medical field can observe members of our clinical staff at both University Hospital and Children’s & Women’s Hospital, as well as Mitchell Cancer Institute. Anyone 15 years of age and older can apply to observe in actual hospital settings. For an application, contact emarley@health.southalabama.edu.
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Group Activities
Group engagements such as scout projects or choir performances can create joy in the lives of our patients. For more information on opportunities and how to apply, contact The Mapp Child and Family Life Program at (251) 415-8739 or email at kwagner@health.southalabama.edu.

Requests for group visits or tours should be directed to our community engagement department, bpurvis@health.southalabama.edu.

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Contact Us

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about volunteering at Children's & Women's Hospital.

Call us at (251) 415-1123 or email us at the addresses below.

Belinda Baggett
Director of Volunteer Services
bbaggett@health.southalabama.edu

Rebekah Blanchard
Volunteer Services Coordinator
rwblanchard@health.southalabama.edu

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