Over 80 departments utilize volunteer services. The list below represents the departments that make use of the largest number of volunteers. It is not necessarily an indication of volunteer position availability.

Learn more about the volunteering application process.

Direct Patient Contact

Child Life Department: Inpatient Playroom

Minimum age: 18

Volunteers interact with patients, siblings and families in the playroom and at the bedside, to provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and socialization and to minimize the impact of hospitalization. Mature, enthusiastic, caring and reliable volunteers need to demonstrate initiative, independence and problem solving skills. Volunteers must be able to interact and engage with children of all ages and help maintain toys and play supplies for all areas.

Shifts

  • Monday–Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • 1:30–4:30 p.m.
    • 5:30–8:30 p.m.
     
  • Friday–Sunday
    • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • 1:30–4:30 p.m.
     

Child Life Department: Clinic Playroom

Minimum age: 18

Volunteers assist in supporting the ambulatory care clinics. Mature, enthusiastic, caring and reliable volunteers are needed to provide fun, purposeful activities for siblings and patients during clinic appointments. Volunteers help maintain toys and play supplies in the playroom, checking for safety and cleaning on a regular basis.

Shifts

  • Weekdays only
    • 9 a.m.–12 p.m,
    • 1–4 p.m.
     

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

Minimum age: 18

Volunteers help transport patients to and from therapy appointments and keep patients company between therapy sessions. Volunteers also assist therapists and other staff as needed and help to maintain clean and organized therapy areas within the department. Other tasks include filing, delivering mail and cleaning toys.

Volunteers who are pursuing a career in either physical or occupational therapy may apply for the Student Volunteer Bonus Program after meeting the required amount of service hours (approximately 10 consecutive shifts) in the department. Volunteers in the Student Volunteer Bonus Program shadow a therapist for one session (1 to 3 hours) per week, outside of their already agreed-to volunteer shift, for a total of six sessions. The OT/PT Department processes Student Volunteer Bonus Program requests based on hospital census and therapist availability. Thus, there are times where we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

  • We are not accepting volunteer applications for the OT/PT Department at this time. All positions are currently full. Please check back periodically for availability. Thank you.

Therapy Pool

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit swim sessions  

Minimum age: 21

Volunteers interact with patients in the Therapy Pool during recreational swimming sessions. Mature, enthusiastic and reliable volunteers are needed to provide fun, safe water activities for school-age and adolescent patients.

Shifts  

  • Monday and Wednesday: 2–3 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 12:45–1:45 p.m.
  • Friday (all-age group): 9:45–10:45 a.m.
  • Saturday (all-age group): 3:15–4:15 p.m.

Patient and Family Recreational Swim  

Minimum age: 18

Volunteers join children and families in the pool during recreational swim times. Energetic volunteers provide fun and safe water activities that may include leading games for groups, or working with individual children to help them get used to the pool. Volunteers also help with cleaning and maintenance of pool equipment.

Shifts  

  • Monday–Friday: 4–5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 2–3 p.m.

Swim Lessons  

Minimum age: 18

Reliable volunteers are needed to assist swimming instructors providing lessons for children from the community. Volunteers work with children ages 3 to 6 as they develop swimming and water safety skills.

Shifts  

  • Monday and Wednesday: 5:15–6:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 6:15–7:45 p.m.

Limited or Non–Patient Contact

Central Services: Inventory and distribution

Minimum age: 16

Deliver supplies and equipment vital to patient care, restock incoming product, perform inventory counts and assemble materials like personal belonging bags, baby tourniquets and stethoscopes. All of these tasks are imperative to day-to-day operations at the hospital.

Shifts  

 

  • Shifts are available seven days a week around the clock.

 

Clerical and office support

Minimum age: 16

Assist the staff with clerical and office duties in clinical and administrative departments. Opportunities are open to volunteers who would like to gain office experience and learn new skills in a hospital environment. Duties may include filing and collating, answering phones, using office machines and word processing.

Shifts  

 

  • Shifts vary by department: weekdays; some evenings; limited weekends; and not available on Sundays.

 

Family Resource Center

Minimum age: 18

The Family Resource Center provides families with health and local area information, basic needs and stress-relieving services during their stay. The FRC also manages patient and family education and communications for the hospital. We are looking for enthusiastic, caring volunteers to greet families, answer questions, assist with family support programs and help staff with various projects.

Shifts  

 

  • Shifts are available seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Patient and Family Relations

Minimum age: 16

Volunteers assist entrance coordinators in welcoming families and visitors by providing directions, securing wheelchairs and guiding families to where they need to go. Volunteers also help stock supplies for the entrances and make deliveries to patient rooms.

Shifts  

 

  • Weekday and weekend shifts are available.

 

Surgery Center

Minimum age: 18

Assist the Surgery Center coordinator with labeling of patient packets and hand-writing patient labels for charts. May be asked to direct families and/or escort them to various areas. Lots of interaction with patients and families awaiting surgery.

Shifts  

 

  • Shifts are available weekdays only between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Messengers

Minimum age: 16

A great way to learn your way around the hospital, delivering flowers, gifts and meal trays to patient areas; collecting and distributing wheelchairs; and running dozens of other in-hospital errands. Messengers also assist with various projects in the volunteer office, such as bulk mailings and other fun stuff!

Shifts  

 

  • Shifts are available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays. No Sunday shifts.

 

Gift Shop

Minimum age: 16

A perfect job for those with a retail or cash handling background, those interested in a business/retail career or those who love to shop! We interact with patients and families in the hospital’s unique and fun gift shop on a daily basis and count on our volunteers for support in our effort to raise funds for uncompensated care.

Shifts  

 

  • Shifts vary.