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All volunteers in the Hospital Volunteer Program must be 18 years of age.
Our Teen Volunteer Program accepts applicants ages 15 to 17.
Our application information includes:
Apply to volunteer at UPMC Children's »
Note: The link is only available during open enrollment periods.
Due to a high interest from our community and large volume of volunteer applications we receive, we are not able to wait list prospective volunteers at this time.
We review volunteer assignments and programs regularly to:
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we remove all applications from our system every four months.
At this time we are able to accommodate a very limited amount of group requests.
If you are interested in bringing a small group to UPMC Children’s, please notify us by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consistent support for our Hospital Volunteer Program volunteers best meets the needs of the hospital and the needs of our patients and families.
The focus of the Volunteer Services at UPMC Children's is supporting and nurturing children and families. Volunteers provide valuable support to many areas of the hospital.
Volunteer assignments are classified into five areas including:
These duties include:
Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available »
We do not offer a baby-rocking program however volunteers, under the supervision of our Child Life staff, interact with children of all age groups, including infants.
Other UPMC locations offer opportunities to interact with infants, but applicants are usually placed on a long waiting list. Learn more about the Cuddler Program.
Volunteer assignments and hours will be discussed during your personal interview.
We will work with you to match the needs of our patients, families, and staff to your:
Note: Teens with relatives that work at UPMC Children’s are generally not placed in the same area for their volunteer assignment.
There are many benefits of volunteering at UPMC Children’s including complimentary meal tickets and an invitation to our annual recognition event.
View a complete list of volunteer perks.
Although volunteers work closely with many members of our medical and support teams, our volunteers are focused on meeting the needs of patients and families during their volunteer experience.
If you are interested in a health care career, volunteering will allow you to gain insight to the hospital environment and supporting the needs of patients and families.
Volunteering at UPMC Children's will not, however, provide any job shadowing or clinical experiences. Those opportunities, if available, are coordinated directly by the hospital department. Additionally, the Volunteer Service Department can provide a letter verifying volunteer hours of service.
Learn more about Youth and Student Volunteer Opportunities at UPMC »
No. We do not offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered service at UPMC Children’s.
For more information or to request a volunteer application packet via mail, contact the Volunteer Services Department at 412-692-5185 or email@example.com.
Adult candidates will be asked to commit to a minimum of one shift (usually 3-4 hours) per week, with an initial commitment period of 6 to 12 months (one year).
While prior hospital experience is always useful, it is not required.
In addition, essential skills include:
College students are a valuable part of our volunteer force and we have created distinct schedules to specifically meet the needs of college students.
Learn more about the College Students Volunteer Program »
UPMC Children’s has evening and weekend volunteer opportunities for individuals who work full-time during the day.
Please note these opportunities are very popular and frequently have limited openings available.
View our Volunteer Openings (PDF) to review what is currently available for this enrollment period.
Volunteers are asked to notify both their assignment supervisor and the Volunteer Services Office on days they are unable to be in attendance.
Two online letters of reference are required. These references can be either professional or personal.
Potential references may include:
For the Teen Volunteer Program, at least one reference must be from a staff member at your school.
References from immediate or extended family members of any volunteer applicant are not accepted.
Only when both references have been received will the application be reviewed and you will be contacted to schedule an interview.
UPMC Children's Employee Health Office provide TB testing for volunteer applicants and annually thereafter to volunteers at no cost.
All new volunteers must provide documentation of a 2-step TB test. This means that you should have two separate TB shot placements, and have your arm read within 48 to 72 hours of your placement to ensure a negative result.
If you have had a prior positive TB skin test, or have experienced a severe allergic reaction to the Mantoux solution, you should NOT receive additional TB skin tests. You will be required to take Quantiferon Gold blood test with the Employee Health Office or provide documentation of this blood test from within the past six months.
Please note that all volunteer applicants under 18 years of age must have a parental permission form signed to receive immunizations from the Employee Health office.
Teens, ages 15 to 17, are invited to apply for the summer program beginning in March.
This program has become extremely popular and spots fill up fast! Application packets are made available online in early March and we encourage applying as soon as the applications are posted.
Learn more about the Teen Volunteer Program »
Download the Teen Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
Teen Volunteer Program volunteers will be asked to commit a minimum of 35 to 40 hours of service during each summer in the program.
Due to a variety of reasons, children under the age of 15 are not permitted to participate in our Volunteer Program or come for same day visits with patients.
When they turn 15, they will be eligible to participate in the Teen Volunteer Program.
Unfortunately, we do not facilitate individual opportunities for volunteering at the hospital outside of our established volunteer programs.
However, we encourage students to complete Service Projects in the community which can benefit the patients and families of UPMC Children’s.
To learn more about Volunteer Services at UPMC Children's, call 412-692-5185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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For questions about a hospital bill call:
To pay your bill online, please visit UPMC's online bill payment system.
Interested in giving to Children's Hospital? Visit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation's website to make a donation online.