Adult Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We are currently planning for the 2016 calendar year and will update our site with application information soon!

  • Volunteer placements – CHOP Campus (34th Street, Philadelphia)

    Outpatient Services Volunteer Support

    This volunteer role enhances the experience of patients and families visiting the Hospital in an outpatient setting.

    Volunteers provide floater support in various clinics and outpatient facilities within the Main Campus and at the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Medicine, on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus at CHOP.

    A floater role allows volunteers to provide support with wayfinding, greeting, escorting of patients and families throughout campus, providing one-on-one patient and sibling support to parents and caregivers.

    Providing floater support also allows volunteers to host play activities in outpatient waiting areas and support the Buerger Welcome Center in hosting reading circles and other play activities that are managed by the Welcome Center.

    This placement offers flexible scheduling in four-hour shifts Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Placement options are subject to change based upon the needs of each department.

    Child Life support

    Volunteers play a crucial role in the support of the Child Life profession within the Hospital’s inpatient units and outpatient areas. When volunteering in this role, a volunteer can expect to engage in play and activities at the bedside with a patient, support playroom activities, and assist with the important role of toy cleaning in order to eliminate the chance of infection. This role allows volunteers to partner with a member of the child life staff to normalize the Hospital environment for patients and families.

    This placement offers flexible and fixed scheduling for varying three-hour shifts every day of the week.

    Cosmetology

    In this placement, volunteers collaborate with the Child Life Department Hospital-wide to perform hair styling services. This placement offers flexible scheduling every day of the week or on an as needed basis. We ask that you commit to at least one three-hour shift per month. This new role is designed to offer a very unique and much needed service for our long-term patients and families. Stylists will work with the Hospital staff to meet the requests of our patient population and offer this complimentary service. Volunteers interested in this role must have an active cosmetology license.

    Volunteers interested in volunteering in the cosmetology role can email Amy Moore for more information.

    Ronald McDonald Family Room

    Volunteers provide compassionate hospitality to families on the inpatient Oncology and Cardiac Units. Meet and greet patients, families and visitors to the Hospital in a calm, professional and friendly manner. Restock various supplies including coffee, snack and beverages. Assist with any meal donation being offered during shift (set-up and clean-up). Interact with families and visitors who visit the Ronald McDonald Room; offer snacks or beverages (not to patients), facilitate activities (i.e. craft project, game night, etc.). Occasionally interact with donors or vendors (i.e. massage therapists, hair stylists, catering).

    This placement offers fixed scheduling or three-hour shifts. The following shifts are currently available:

    • Monday: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Wednesday:  9 a.m. - noon; 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m. - noon; 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Sunday: 9 a.m. - noon

    Galaxy 51-Seacrest Studios

    Galaxy 51 is the patient television network found on channel 51 of any CHOP television. Programming allows children and staff to PRODUCE IT, PICK IT, PLAY IT, and PERFORM IT from the hospital bedside or LIVE in Seacrest Studios, the multimedia studio located in the Hospital’s Colket Atrium. Patients are also encouraged to work with the GALAXY 51 team to create and produce their very own projects from video diaries to music videos. 

    Volunteers in this role assist patients with engaging in programming at bedside, in unit playrooms, and in the studio such as promoting tune-in with flyer distribution, hosting watch parties, assisting with call-in song requests and shout outs, assisting in game play, or bringing patients to the studio from their rooms. 

    This placement offers fixed scheduling for varying three-hour shifts during the studio’s hours of operation:

    • Monday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. -. 6 p.m.

    Occupational Therapy (Main Campus)

    Volunteers in this role collaborate with the Occupational Therapy program by supporting patients, families and staff with tasks that maintain the safety and cleanliness of the occupational therapy environment. This is a great opportunity for adults or college students looking for exposure to the Occupational Therapy profession.

    This placement offers fixed scheduling in three-hour increments.

    School program

    Volunteers in this role collaborate with certified teachers throughout the hospital to deliver school services to patients at CHOP. This is a great opportunity for adults with a teaching background.

    This placement offers flexible and fixed scheduling for varying three-hour shifts every day of the week.

  • Volunteer placements – offsite

    Patients, families and staff use the support of volunteers at various off-site locations. Each site has different needs with the same CHOP culture.

    Specialty Care, Bucks County and Specialty Care, King of Prussia

    Volunteers in this role assist site staff by greeting, providing directions and information, and offering assistance to patients, families and visitors. They also support professional services of the Child Life program or clinical staff by supporting patients, families and staff through appropriate interactive play, appropriate diversional activities, and other tasks contributing to the comfort of patients and families while waiting for appointments or during treatments.

    This placement offers flexible scheduling in three-hour increments.

    Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees

    Child Life support

    Volunteers play a crucial role in the support of the Child Life profession within the Hospital units and outpatient areas.  When volunteering in this role, a volunteer can expect to engage in play and activities at the bedside with a patient, support playroom activities, and assist with the important role of toy cleaning in order to eliminate the chance for infection. Overall this role allows volunteers to partner with a child life staff to normalize the Hospital environment for patients and families.

    This placement offers flexible scheduling for varying three-hour shifts: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.

    The Application for the Adult Volunteer Program at CHOP at Voorhees, NJ, is open year round. Please note: College students will not be processed through this program.

    Specialty Care, Market Street (Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

    Psychiatry and Behavioral support

    Volunteers in this role support the psychiatry clinical team with supportive play; greeting patients, families and staff in a calm, professional and friendly manner; and assisting the Autism Integrative Care Program with Autism Registry. This is a great opportunity to learn while providing patient and family support.

    The application for the Adult Volunteer Program at 3434 Market Street is open year round. Please note: college students will not processed through this program.

  • Reach Out and Read program – offsite and outpatient

    Volunteers of the Reach Out and Read program engage children of all ages with books and reading aloud in an outpatient waiting room at a primary care doctor's office in West and South Philadelphia, Burlington Township, NJ and the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Volunteer readers also help restock shelves with books. Learn more about volunteering with Reach Out and Read.