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Hospital Volunteer Program

Our Hospital Volunteer Program is our core volunteer program. We have a variety of roles available seven days a week ranging from direct interaction with children such as reading a book or playing a game, to assisting families find their way around the hospital, or providing other general or administrative support to the organization.

Becoming a Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC volunteer is a serious commitment. We ask a lot of our volunteers. From securing the necessary clearances and background checks, to completing orientation and multi-step training, to fulfilling annual ongoing requirements, our volunteers invest fully to assure that our patients and families are surrounded by a safe, knowledgeable team of volunteers during their hospital experience.

There are many benefits to becoming a Children’s Hospital volunteer. Please visit our Volunteer Perks webpage for a list of some of the benefits and opportunities available to our current hospital program volunteers.

Requirements for Becoming a Children’s Hospital Volunteer

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Commit to at least one year of service*
  • Complete all necessary application requirement steps, including the online application, submitting TWO online references, and Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances (detailed list of all steps is available on our Application webpage)
  • Complete all mandatory training requirements, both initially, and on an ongoing basis
  • Receive a TB test, both initially and annually Make a scheduled commitment to a weekly 3 or 4 hour shift (for example, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)*

* Denotes flexible requirements if volunteering as a College Student or Pet Friends volunteer

Specialized Hospital Volunteer Programs

Children’s Hospital offers two specialized volunteer programs within the Hospital Volunteer Program, both of which have the same requirements and application steps with the exception of the weekly year-round commitment:

  • College Student Program
    As college students’ schedules, locations, and availability can vary by semester, this specialized program provides designated opportunities on the volunteer schedule and offers increased flexibility in scheduling from one academic semester to the next.
  • Pet Friends Volunteer Program
    At Children’s, very special dogs can become volunteers alongside their owners! As a team, they visit hospitalized patients together to bring smiles and comfort.

Volunteer Assignments Available

To learn more about specific assignments and openings available for hospital volunteers, please view our updated list of opportunities and brief descriptions.

Children’s Hospital volunteer assignments are available at the following locations (assignments available vary by location with the majority of openings at Children’s Main Campus):

When completing your online application, please indicate any preferences for assignments and location (if other than Children’s Main Campus) in the “Type of Volunteer Work” free response section. This information will help us to expedite processing your application.

Please note that at this time, there are limited weekend and evening volunteer shifts available at all locations.

Last Update
May 28, 2014
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Last Update
May 28, 2014