Volunteer at Doernbecher Children's Hospital

You make a difference

As a volunteer, you make an invaluable contribution to our patients, families, staff and visitors. No matter how you serve, your contribution helps make Doernbecher a unique children's health care center.

In 2010, 456 Doernbecher volunteers contributed 32,175 hours to our patients and families. We are always interested in hearing from reliable, compassionate people who would like to help kids and families, and who can commit to a weekly volunteer shift.

There are many different ways you can share your time and talent. We strive to create volunteer opportunities that are rewarding for you while serving the needs of our patients, families and visitors.

Qualifications and requirements

As a volunteer, you will be asked to:

  • Meet the qualifications and time commitment for the volunteer position
    • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, except for Volunteer Guides who must be at least 14 years old and in high school
    • Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 6 months of service; a 1-year commitment is required to volunteer in the Emergency Department
  • Participate in an interview, training and the placement process
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Obtain TB skin tests and immunizations as needed
  • Adhere to clinical dress code guidelines, including no artificial fingernails and no natural nails longer than 1/4 inch
  • Rent a volunteer uniform ($12)

Application process

Once you have completed your online application, we will contact you when a volunteer opening is available at the times and in the areas you have specified. If there are no immediate openings, your application will be kept on file for three months.

If you have not heard from us within a few weeks, please contact us and let us know that you would like us to continue to look for an opportunity that suits you. If you have a change in availability, there is no need to resubmit your application. Please call us to update your application.

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