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 be considered for the volunteer program applicants will need 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. Click here to see if you are a good fit for the Adult Volunteer program.
  2. Provide proof of required healthcare immunizations (download the required form here).
  3. Provide required fingerprint clearances using services from IdentoGO by Idemia.
  4. Use the Apply today link to continue the application process.

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

Summer Wawa Volun-Teen Experience


Program details for 16-17 year old teens
Required 3-week volunteer opportunity hosted 2 days a week: Tuesday and Thursdays 1pm-4pm from July 14th – 30th
*Hospitality Opportunities will include the following: Wawa Coffee & Care Cart; Connolly Family Center Support and Media Programming Support

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. Applicants must be available to volunteer each Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm-4pm on the following dates: 7/14 & 7/16; 7/21 & 7/23 and 7/28 & 7/30
  2. Provide proof of required healthcare immunizations (download the required form here).
  3. 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 March 2020 for the Wawa Volunteer Services Summer Teen application or click here. If you are looking for immediate Teen volunteer opportunities in your local area you can search www.volunteermatch.com for specific age groups and zip code locations.

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

Our Spring 2020 student registration process is now closed. Please check back at a later date for Fall 2020 registration.

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.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

We are thrilled that you are interested in volunteering at CHOP!  Unfortunately, during the winter months, many persons are sick with cold and flu viruses and may pass on these germs to others, even before they develop any symptoms. For hospitalized children, exposure to a virus can make them even sicker, often leading to serious complications and delay in going home. At CHOP, we have instituted Limited Visitation procedures in an effort to decrease the number of potential exposures our patients have to cold and flu viruses during peak viral season.  Limited Visitation will extend through April as we continue to monitor local epidemiology (e.g. a late or prolonged flu season).

There are other ways to support our patients and families during the holidays:

  • 2019 Holiday Drive: We would be happy to work with you to find a drop-off date.
  • Philly Spin-In: This would be a great team building opportunity and raises funds for our Cardiac Center.  To help you understand the impact you would have, check out this amazing video.

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: