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Teen volunteers become a part of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh's Volunteer Services team from June through August, contributing in various positions while gaining exposure to a pediatric health care setting.
Teen volunteers will have a weekly shift in one area for the duration of the summer program. Each teen volunteer is required to complete a commitment of one shift per week (either three or four hours depending on the position) for the duration of program.
Teens with relatives that work at UPMC Children’s Hospital are generally not placed in the same area for their volunteer assignment.
All locations are at UPMC Children’s Main Campus in Lawrenceville unless otherwise noted.
Shifts are available in the following primary areas where teens will be under the supervision of UPMC Children’s staff:
Under the supervision of a Child Life staff member, you will:
Note: Due to the limited number of shifts available, this assignment is only offered to teens who have completed one year of service in the Teen Volunteer Program.
The Lemieux Sibling Center is a special location exclusively for siblings of our patients dedicated to creating opportunities for play and learning.
You will assist in activities similar to those in the inpatient playrooms.
Assist library staff with special projects, cleaning, organization, and distribution of book donations intended for the use of patients, siblings, and families.
Assist the After School Program Coordinator with summer programming for K-8 patients and family members including technology use and educational enrichment using crafts and hands-on activities.
Assist physical and occupational therapy staff with a variety of functions to support patients by:
Note: Due to the limited number of shifts available, these assignments may only be offered to teens who have completed one year of service in the Teen Volunteer Program.
Occupational and Physical Therapy opportunities available at:
As part of hospital initiative to improve the overall patient experience, we will be placing many volunteers in this role, including teens. Volunteers will be monitoring the front lobby and mid-campus entrance area to assist patients/families with navigating the hospital areas and getting them to where they need to go.
Another role that is intended to enhance the hospital experience for family members of patients, volunteers visit inpatient units every morning with a coffee cart, providing complementary hot beverages.
Stock and travel with an activity cart to the outpatient waiting areas and lead arts and crafts activities, play games, and read books to children and families of all ages while they wait for their appointments. Assist with providing directions and serving as ambassadors to the busiest areas in the entire hospital.
Under supervision of clinical staff at Wexford Surgery Center, play and assist with activities for children and families in the waiting areas.
The Volunteer Services Department does not process requests for internships, externships, clinical or professional shadowing, or research opportunities within UPMC Children's.
If you are interested in pursuing those types of opportunities, contact the hospital department directly for information.
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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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