Wawa Volunteer Services

Wawa Volunteer Center The volunteers who donate their time to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia play an important role in the experience of our patients and families. They work alongside healthcare professionals, help in clinical and non-clinical areas, and support the Hospital's mission to care for not just the patient, but the entire family. Review some of the volunteer opportunities available at CHOP.

Gerald B. Schreiber Pet Therapy program

This program gives children the opportunity to interact safely with the dogs and receive their unconditional love and acceptance in the hopes of making the hospital environment more comfortable and less stressful. Learn more about pet therapy opportunities.

Care Network Support

Volunteer Opportunity

In this volunteer role, you will assist staff by greeting patients and families, provide them with directions and basic information, and offer assistance to the office/clinical staff by supporting patients and families through appropriate interactive play at one of our Care Network locations. This includes providing appropriate diversional activities and other tasks that contribute to the comfort and care of patients and families while waiting for appointments or treatments. Depending on your location, tasks may also include organizing and cleaning toys.

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Energy Therapist (Reiki or Healing Touch)

Location: Main Hospital

Volunteer Opportunity

This new role at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will provide reiki for caregivers on a regular basis. Volunteer reiki instructors will facilitate sessions to help the body attain a natural state of balance, promoting relief for stress and anxiety. In this role, you will help our caregivers to accomplish this connection by guiding them through a session comprised of relaxation and focus.

Volunteer instructors must have a second-degree reiki or above and be able to provide certification.

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Hospitality and Wayfinding

Location: Main Campus

Volunteer Opportunity

Bring a warm smile and comfortable shoes!

If you are looking to get exposure to a hospital setting for the first time and have a natural ability to help people, then Hospitality Services may offer you the volunteer experience you are seeking.

Our Hospitality Volunteers provide a welcoming environment and alleviate stress for our patients and families. This essential entry level volunteer role provides support to patients and families by helping them navigate the large Main Campus to appointments, or from one building to another. Hospitality Volunteers can also help transport patients' belongings and/or assist them with patient wheelchairs or wagons. Additionally, Hospitality Volunteers provide play activities and/or books for patients and families in the outpatient waiting areas.

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Wawa Coffee and Care Cart Volunteer

Wawa Cart Volunteers

Location: Main Campus

Volunteer Opportunity

Thanks to the generosity of the The Wawa Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is able to offer the Wawa Coffee & Care Cart. This unique amenity creates a pleasant experience for patient families. Wawa Coffee & Care Cart volunteers provide a comfort that often helps get families through the day by complimentary hot and cold Wawa beverages with a smile!

The Wawa Coffee & Care Cart program is a rewarding volunteer opportunity. We are currently recruiting volunteers with a kind, friendly and polite disposition with a customer service mindset.

Listen to a recent Podcast featuring an episode of Breaking Through where Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, speaks with Chris Gheysens, President & CEO of Wawa Inc. and Co-Chair of CHOP’s Corporate Council. Learn about the long history between organizations, find out how the Wawa Coffee & Care Cart is making a difference for families, and much more!

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Yoga Instructor Volunteer

Location: Main Campus

Volunteer Opportunity

This new role at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will bring the practice of yoga to caregivers and provide them a place to relax on a regular basis. Volunteer Yoga Instructors will facilitate classes to improve strength, flexibility, balance and mindfulness. In this role, you will help our caregivers to accomplish this by guiding them through a class or session comprised of physical exercises, breathing work and mental focus.

Volunteer instructors must have Yoga Alliance Certification or at least 200 hours of teaching yoga.

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Hair Stylist

Location: Main Campus

Volunteer Opportunity

Be a part of the team that helps our CHOP patients and families look and feel their best!

In this role, Volunteer Hair Stylists provide styling services to patients and families, who, due to their extraordinary circumstances and extended time at the hospital, have gone without.

Volunteer Hair Stylists are fully licensed cosmetologists who are able to conduct services such as cutting, coloring, and/or styling hair, applying make-up, or doing nails on an as-needed basis. Tools and supplies for all services needed are provided.

Special requirements: Licensed Cosmetologist

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Community Outreach Programs

  • Homeless Health Initiative apply now!
  • Reach Out and Read, and REACH apply now!
  • iStem
  • Building Bridges
  • Center for Autism

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