Volunteer Information and Resources

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Volunteers – welcome to our Volunteer Information Page! We will provide helpful resources and information on this site – in one place for your convenience – including:

  • CHP Volunteer News/Happenings
  • Access to Annual Retraining Materials
  • Forms such as TB test and Absence Request forms and other educational materials

Volunteer Forms and Resources for Current Volunteers

Children's Volunteer News and Happenings

Children’s Hospital Volunteer Beats Cancer, Spreads Positivity

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured former Pitt wrestler and Children’s Hospital Volunteer, Dan Kornberg as he spreads positivity after beating Cancer.
(May 22, 2016)

Volunteer Recognition 2016

Children’s Hospital’s Volunteer Services Department held its annual Volunteer Recognition event on Sunday, May 15 in Rangos Conference Center.  Current CHP volunteer Celina Pompeani served as the Master of Ceremonies for a program that honored numerous volunteers and featured an inspiring presentation from Junlei Li, Co-Director of Fred Rogers Center.

Read a complete recap of our Annual Recognition Event click here.

Proud to Be From Pittsburgh Segment on WPXI Features Music Smiles

Our friends from WPXI (Pittsburgh's NBC Affiliate - Channel 11) including longtime news anchor Peggy Finnegan aired a segment on the local news featuring the "Music Smiles" program that is spearheaded by CHP volunteer Annie Pugar of the Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. which brings local musicians several times a month to play music at different hospitals around the area.

Here’s the link to the segment, which includes interviews with Annie, Sonny Pugar Memorial board member and famed local musician Joey Granati and CHP Child Life Music Therapist, Nicole Steele.

Princess Volunteer Erika Strasburg Featured in Tribune-Review

One of our volunteers, Erika Strasburg, (here’s link to video with Erika visiting patient) who has a unique role here at Children’s, as she dresses up as a variety of princesses (a different one each visit), and regularly visits with patients.  Erika has been a part of our volunteer team since October 2013.

Click here for the link to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review feature "Ailing kids get boost from volunteer's hospital visits."

Key Contributor of the Month

Click here to see the complete list of Key Volunteer of the Month recipients.

2015 Volunteer Recognition Brunch

On May 2, 2015, the Volunteer Services Department hosted its Annual Recognition event in Rangos Conference Center as over 130 volunteers turned out for a fun brunch and festivities that included raffles, photo booth, awards presentations and more! Read a complete recap of our Annual Recognition Brunch (PDF).

Albert P. Lexie Volunteer of the Year Award

Beginning in 2014, the Annual Volunteer of the Year Award is named in honor of Albert Lexie, who has been a shining example of selfless giving. For more than 30 years, Albert shined shoes at Children’s Hospital and contributed all of his tips from customers, accepting only a few dollars per shoe shine. In this time, he raised more than $200,000 for the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital to ensure that every child receives the medical care they need. You can also find out more information about Albert, on Children’s Albert P. Lexie webpage.

Each year, we honor a volunteer who exemplifies the dedication and devotion to the patients and families of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Albert P. Lexie Volunteer of the Year Recipients:

  • 2014 - John Hoover
  • 2015 – Tom “Wo” Wozar
  • 2016 – Georgia Davidson

Community Partner of the Year

Beginning in 2013, the Volunteer Services Department has honored an organization that has been an instrumental part of the Hospital Volunteer Program at Children’s Hospital. This award recognizes an exemplary community partnership that has provided innovative projects and programs and whose members have contributed significant hours of service that have had a positive impact on the patients and families of Children’s Hospital.

Community Partner of the Year Recipients:

  • 2013 – Kiwanas Club – Pittsburgh
  • 2014 – PNC Grow Up Great Program
  • 2015 – Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc./Music Smiles Program

Annual Volunteer Retraining

Congratulations! You have been volunteering at Children’s for another year – thank you! Annual Retraining allows you to stay compliant with hospital and Joint Commission standards, as well as get a refresher in important topics to keep patients, families, staff, and you safe. The retraining may take from 1 to 2 hours.

To complete the retraining requirement you can either take the paper version of the test, or we can send/share electronic, PDF copies of the training modules and test. The online version of the training/test is no longer available. Please stop by the Volunteer Office or contact us at volunteercoordinator@chp.edu if you still need to complete this important requirement.

Remember to review each module and complete the accompanying assessment or acknowledgement. You must achieve a score of 80 percent or higher to fulfill your requirement.

Once you complete the retraining, print and return all confirmation pages indicating your assessment score/acknowledgement to the Volunteer Services office or if you can scan copies, you can send by email to volunteercoordinator@chp.edu.

If you choose to print them and complete by hand, please turn in to the Volunteer Services office, or mail them to:

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Volunteer Services Department
4401 Penn Avenue, Room 1265
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Please note: If you have completed a new Volunteer Orientation after July 1. 2016 or if you are a Teen Volunteer, you will not have to complete this year's Annual Mandatory Training.

All current volunteers who have not completed the Annual Mandatory Training prior to December 31, 2016 will be changed to "inactive" status. Your status will be updated to active, as soon as you complete the Training/Test.

If you have any questions, please call our office at (412) 692-3426 or email volunteercoordinator@chp.edu.