Volunteers are an important part of The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.
If you would like information on volunteering during the academic year, please read below and contact: email@example.com
If you would like information on volunteering in the condensed summer program, please visit this link and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information
- Applicants with non-immigrant visa status (including but not limited to H-1's, H-4's, TN's, TD's, F-1's, F-2's, J-1's, J-2's, and EAD holders) are not permitted to volunteer (this does not apply to US citizens or green card holders.) Please contact International Personnel at email@example.com for more information.
- A minimum commitment of 4 consecutive hours per week for 4 consecutive months. Volunteers are interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. We have a wait list option for volunteers who a cleared at a time where there are no available placements.
- Child Life will only consider individuals 18 years of age and older for inpatient openings, 17 years and older for The Zone. Teens 15-17 will be considered for KidZone TV openings.
- It is preferred that a candidate has had prior experience with children or a background/strong interest in child development.
- Energy, enthusiasm, creative resourcefulness and a desire to work with children.
- Completion of all necessary volunteer department paperwork and medical clearance.
- Participation in a department specific orientation.
- Provide developmentally appropriate activities to individual patients referred by the Child Life Specialist.
- Assist Child Life staff or interns in group activities, including set-up and clean up of the activity room or clinic area.
- Work independently, but be open to supervision.
- Practice strict hand-washing techniques and follow procedures for contact and other isolation precautions.
- Volunteers are encouraged to make note of significant interactions with patients and to pass it on to Child Life or other health care team members; this information can contribute to the care of the patient.
- Follow safety and other guidelines as outlined in the orientation checklist.
- Assist with toy cleaning and other nondirect patient care tasks as directed by your supervisor.