Wawa Volunteer Services

Wawa volunteer services logo It takes a team with the right measures of technological proficiency and human touch to heal a child, and hospital volunteers are an essential part of that effort. Whether playing with children during waiting times, greeting visitors or helping families find their way in the halls, the volunteers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) make a difference providing a special human connection that often eases the stress for patients and families going through difficult times.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at CHOP. We appreciate your desire to make a difference with our patients and their families while they receive the best pediatric care. CHOP Volunteers have an opportunity to be part of the Wawa Volunteer Services and the Gerald B. Schreiber Volunteer Pet Therapy program.

CHOP assigns volunteer positions based on the current needs of the hospital along with the volunteer’s availability, interests and skill sets. Due to the high interest in CHOP’s volunteer programs, we strive to select, compassionate, enthusiastic individuals who are committed to making a difference.

Everyone desirous of volunteering at CHOP must meet certain requirements with respect to commitment of their time, healthcare immunizations and Pennsylvania background screenings. Unfortunately, we are unable to process court ordered community volunteer service hours.

We currently offer information sessions for those who have the required immunization records, FBI fingerprint documentation and who are willing to commit to a 3-4 hour weekly volunteer shift (the same time block on the same day each week) over a period of six months or longer.

CHOP employees: If you're a current CHOP employee who's interested in volunteering, visit @CHOP employee intranet for more information (you must be connected to the CHOP network in order to access the page).

Volunteer requirements

Time commitment

We offer information sessions for our traditional adult volunteer program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we highly encourage you to attend an upcoming session where our team will share what it takes to become a CHOP volunteer. We will go over all of the requirements: time commitment, immunizations and background clearances.

Note: Pet Therapy teams must be available to volunteer once a month.

Required immunizations

  1. Flu vaccination during flu season (September-April)
  2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  3. Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  4. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)
  5. 2-step TB screening

Download a copy of the immunization form for your healthcare provider.

Required fingerprinting

To qualify for the information session individuals are also required to show proof of the fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) by using services from IdentoGO by Idemia.

For more detailed information on required Pennsylvania requirements from the Department of Human Services, visit: Keep kids safe.

Volunteer opportunities

Traditional Adult Volunteer Program

To qualify for the traditional adult volunteer program individuals must be 18 years of age or older and are not currently enrolled as a student in a high school or in any college course at the undergraduate or graduate level. Full or part time students wishing to volunteer must qualify under student volunteer programs designed specifically for students. Additionally, we do not accept anyone on a court ordered community service.

Adult volunteer requirements:

  1. Take the adult self-assessment to determine if you are a good fit.
  2. Provide proof of required healthcare immunizations (download the required form here).
  3. Provide required fingerprint clearances using services from IdentoGO by Idemia.

Evening Information Sessions for the Traditional Adult Volunteer Program will be hosted on the last Wednesday of each month at 5pm on our main campus. Adult attendees will be able to RSVP by the 1st of each month for the designated Information Session date(s):

Already have your FBI documentation and required immunizations? Apply today!

Summer Teen Program


To be considered for the summer teen program, student must be 16 years of age or older and will need to provide the following:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from instructor(s), coach, counselor, etc.
  2. Current high school transcripts
  3. Provide proof of required healthcare immunizations (download the required form here).
  4. Provide required fingerprint clearances using services from IdentoGO by Idemia.

This program is limited to the first 30 high school students who qualify and provide all of the required documents.

Check back in January 2020 for the application process.

Educators, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hospitality students/professionals

If you are employed or studying in one of these specialized areas and would like to commit to volunteering one day a week (three hours) for six months, please complete this online application to get started.

College Student Program (undergrad, graduate, post-bach, nursing, etc.)

Attendees must have availability to volunteer during the week and provide the following requirements:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from instructors or an academic advisor
  2. Provide proof of required healthcare immunizations (download the required form here).
  3. Provide required fingerprint clearances using services from IdentoGO by Idemia.
  4. Deadline to register is 12/20/19 (must be able to volunteer one regular 3-4 hour shift during semester between Jan.-May. 2020)

The college student program is limited to the first 100 students who qualify and provide all of the required documents for the upcoming semester or summer.

Start the registration process here.

Wawa Coffee & Care Cart

Join an uplifting patient and family experience; the Wawa Coffee & Care Cart has traveled over 1 million miles, resulting in millions of smiles over the last 20 years! Volunteers brighten the day of families by offering a friendly face; cups of coffee, tea and hot chocolate; and a variety of cold Wawa juices and teas. Join our Wawa Coffee & Care Cart.

Internships in research

Interested in a research internship placement at CHOP? Learn about our general and summer internship offerings and how to apply.

Gerald B. Shreiber Pet Therapy Program

For adults interested in volunteering with their ‘certified’ pet, visit the Gerald B. Shreiber Pet Therapy Program for information.

Other ways to support CHOP

Interested in knowing all the ways you could support CHOP? Learn about how you can make a difference in our care for patients and their families: