Volunteer Opportunities

There are a variety of ways to support the mission of Children’s Hospital as a volunteer, whether at the hospital providing direct service, or in the community. Whatever your role, you can be certain that your efforts will make a difference for our patients and families.Our primary programs include:

At this time, we are not able to accommodate requests by corporate or community volunteer groups such as student or church groups who wish to come to the hospital to provide direct service to patients and families.

 We encourage any/all groups interested in providing support to Children’s Hospital to do so in the community whether via fundraising initiatives or service projects.Learn more about how to support the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation via fundraising initiatives.

Please note that due to the sensitive nature of the pediatric hospital environment, we do not currently offer volunteer opportunities for children under the age of 18 outside of our Teen Volunteer Program.

The Volunteer Services Department does not process requests for internship, externship, or research opportunities within UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. If you are interested in pursuing those types of opportunities, please contact the individual hospital department directly for information and necessary steps required for those experiences.

Volunteer Perks

In addition to volunteering in a rewarding environment, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers the following perks to all Children’s Hospital volunteers:

  • Courtesy (free) parking for all registered volunteers whose assignment is at Children’s Hospital’s Main Campus, Children’s North, and Wexford locations
  • Complimentary meal ticket redeemable in the Cafeteria for volunteer shifts at the Main Hospital
  • Free annual flu shot (when supplies permit)
  • Complimentary select vaccinations (i.e. tetanus, MMR, chicken pox, varicella, and Hepatitis B)
  • Access to ongoing informational and educational sessions hosted by Children’s Hospital staff members on a variety of clinical and non-clinical subject areas
  • Invitation to Annual Volunteer Recognition Event
  • Discounts at Children’s Hospital gift shop and over the counter items at the pharmacy
  • Reimbursement of the cost of required clearances upon completion of 50 service hours