Service Project Program

Some of our greatest support comes from community members and groups who volunteer their time outside of the hospital to complete projects to benefit our patients and families.

The Service Project Program is a great opportunity for schools, corporate groups, clubs, neighborhoods, sports teams, businesses, faith-based groups or a group of friends to volunteer. The next time you get together with friends, make it fun for you and fun for Children’s too!


If you and your group are interested in completing a project to raise money for Children’s Hospital, please contact the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation to begin planning your fundraising activities. Fundraising initiatives are vital to providing much needed support to the hospital. Monetary donations are valued because they can be used to directly purchase items most in need and save the hospital time on sorting or storing donations. Donors can direct their gifts to support the hospital area of their choice.

If your school is interested in fundraising for Children’s, we welcome you to participate in the Kids Helping Kids Schools Campaign. Join other students to create an impact. Even complete your senior project to help Children’s Hospital!

Gift in Kind Donations

Many community members are interested in supporting Children’s but wish to provide support in the form of donated items. While we prefer monetary donations when possible, we also have a few select service projects which we enthusiastically accept donations for year-round to support the needs of our patients and families. Some community members will donate these items as individuals and others will get together with a group (school, church, work, etc.) to complete a larger project.

  • New Books, Magazines, and DVDs
    Donated new books, magazines, and DVDs are always accepted and can be utilized in a variety of ways throughout the hospital. Materials are distributed to patients and families directly, select materials can be added to our Library’s circulating collections, or materials can be used for special programs. Contact the Family Resource Center and Library at 412-692-5288 for additional information.
  • Gently Used Books, Magazines, and DVDs for our Adopt-a-Book Program
    Our Family Resource Center and Library is always in need of gently used books, magazines, and DVDs for patients and family members of all ages. We invite patients and families to “adopt” these gently used donated materials to keep, promoting both literacy and a sense of community.

    The library welcomes donations of gently used books, magazines, and DVDs (for children, teens, and grown-ups). The current major area of need is baby/toddler board books.

    Please view our Guidelines for Book Donations (PDF) for additional information about collecting and donating books for our Adopt-a-Book Program.
  • Gift Cards
    Gift cards for local retailers can be utilized by many areas to purchase items for supporting the needs of patients and families. Examples of uses of gift cards includes purchasing learning apps for the hospital school program, a birthday present for a hospitalized child, or to give to a family with limited resources the opportunity to shop for their child during the holidays. Gift cards from the following retailers are most in need: Target, Giant Eagle, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Toys R Us, etc.
  • Board Games for All Ages
    Children and families enjoy playing games during the downtime in the hospital. Having a variety of games for all ages, especially for our older patients, helps to pass the time and create opportunities for socialization. Please view our updated Family Board Games Wish List (PDF), as these are our most in need. Also, we can always use extra batteries for any games which are electronic!
  • Magazine Subscriptions
    Magazines are a welcome read for many patients, families, and siblings in both the inpatient and outpatient areas. Community members can purchase magazine subscriptions and have them mailed to the Family Resource Center and Library, where they will be distributed to families. Please view our updated Magazine Subscription Wish List (PDF) and have all magazines addressed to:

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    Library, Floor 6
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Toy Donations

Our Child Life Department specializes in providing developmental, educational, social, and emotional support to hospitalized children. As toys and other play and expressive activity supplies must be replenished frequently, donations are vital to maintaining a variety of engaging options for patients. 

Please note that there are a number of guidelines and restrictions for toy donations. Most notably, only new items in original packaging can be accepted due to infection prevention precautions. For a complete list of items most in need and guidelines for donations, please review our Child Life Toy Donations webpage.