Volunteer Information and Resources

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

  • Forms and Resources for Current Volunteers
  • Recognizing our Volunteers
  • Volunteers in the News

Volunteer Forms and Resources for Current Volunteers

Recognizing Our Volunteers lexie award

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 the Children’s Albert P. Lexie webpage.

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

Albert P. Lexie volunteer of the Year Recipients:

2014 - John Hoover

2015 - Tom "Wo" Wozar

2016 - Georgia Davidson 

2017 - Greg Adametz 

2018 - Laura Knight

Lexie Award Volunteers

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

2017 – Golden Bone Pet Resort

2018 – City Charter High School

Key Contributors

View the complete list of recipients of our ongoing Key Contributors of the Month Award

Recognition Event Recaps

Oh! The Places You'll Go! (2018)

More than 110 volunteers attended a Dr. Seuss ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go” themed celebration in Rangos Conference Center. 
It was a fun celebration that honored CHP volunteer contributions during the past year.

Oh! The Places You'll Go! CHP Volunteers

The festivities included: a buffet lunch, raffle prizes donated from CHP leadership, special words from Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer Diane Hupp, our annual awards – including this year’s Albert P. Lexie Volunteer of the Year (Laura Knight), Community Partner of the Year (City Charter High School) and this year’s special Seuss’ Superstars nominated who were nominated by CHP staff. Each Seuss’ Superstar received a commemorative Dr. Seuss book signed by CHP staff. 

Laura Knight
Laura Knight – 2018 Volunteer of the Year
 In addition, the event featured music from Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc.’s Music Smiles program featuring Etta Cox, Bob Banejee, Mark Lashway and additional vocal performance by CHP nurse Tracy Jumlat.  

Simple Acts of Kindness (2017)

The 2017 edition of the Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch was a big success. More than 100 volunteers in attendance for fun activities that included a photo booth, live music with Etta Cox, Bob Banajee and Jeff Lashway, a delicious catered brunch, special guests speakers — CHP patients Jillian Bowman and Lauren Smakosz along with their parents, award presentations, special recognition for volunteers reaching milestones and more! In honoring the wishes of a long-time, dedicated volunteer Joyce Hallahan, who passed away in March — we celebrated simple acts of kindness! 

It was Joyce's wish that her legacy be that each person provide another with a simple act of kindness. This year's Albert P. Lexie Volunteer of the Year was Greg Adametz. Greg has been a CHP volunteer since 1992, devoting himself to many roles over the years, and currently comes on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings as a floater, and has organized a Volunteer Team in Albert Lexie's honor (Albert's Army!) for the Walk for Children's. A former patient who spent many years at CHP prior to volunteering, Greg was very thrilled to receive this honor. 

Also being honored were Dave and Marci Anderson, and the Golden Bone Pet Resort as the Community Partner of the Year (The Golden Bone Pet Resort). 

In addition, long-time volunteer Tom "Wo"Wozar was this year's Art Bell Service Award recipient for most hours served in the past year (672 hours!) and CHP office volunteer, Louise Lohman was honored as the May "Key Volunteer of the Month" recipient. 

Making our Neighborhood Brighter (2016)

Children's Hospital's Volunteer Services Department help 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.

Volunteers Are Treasured (2015)

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, a photo booth, awards presentations and more! 

Read a complete recap of our Annual Recognition Brunch - Volunteers Are Treasured (PDF).

Volunteers in the News

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.

View 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.

View the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review feature "Ailing kids get boost from volunteer's hospital visits."

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)