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, take a tuberculosis (TB) skin test, be current on vaccinations for the flu as well as mumps, measles and rubella (MMR). They must also agree to a background check conducted by USA Health.
Ways to Volunteer
As as adult volunteer, you can support our patients and families by working in patient units, the hospital gift shop, information desk, pediatric playroom or in office settings. Generally, volunteer assignments last between 3 to 4 hours and for six months. For more detailed information, please contact us at (251) 415-1123.
Uniform tops, which cost $25, are required for both adult and college student volunteers. To apply, you must submit our volunteer application, attend an information session and orientation, agree to a background check, as well as go through an interview and training.
The medical field is both vastly complex and extremely rewarding. If you’re enrolled in college or technical school and are interested in a career in healthcare, volunteering would be a great place to start. You must be 18 years of age. The minimum commitment for college volunteers is 50 total hours or five to six months. From May through August, college students may participate in a special summer program requiring 50 hours over the course of nine weeks in a variety of volunteer positions. Please call (251) 415-1123 for more information.
Teen Volunteer Program
Volunteering with the 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. Assignments are typically 4 hours long during weekdays. There are no evening shifts. Summer sessions are short, so we ask that absences be kept to a minimum. If you must miss a week, notify the Department of Volunteer Services at the beginning of the summer. Teen volunteers are required to wear uniforms, which cost $20.
The 2019 Teen Volunteer Program is full and no longer accepting applications. For more detailed information about the Teen Volunteer Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For all other inquiries, please call (251) 415-1123.
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.
Volunteer to be a Pianist
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests for group visits or tours should be directed to our community engagement department, email@example.com.