The Wawa Volunteer Services program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is now accepting applications. Please click here to apply now.
It takes a team 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 through 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.
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.
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).
To qualify for our volunteer program, individuals must be 18 years of age or older. We do not accept applications for court ordered community service. A submitted application does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program.
We are not accepting teen (16-17 years) applications at this time. Please check back in January.
We ask our volunteers to commit to serving a minimum of one 3-hour shift the same day and time each week for 6 months. Pet Therapy teams must be available to volunteer once a month.
For the safety of our patients, we require all volunteers meet the health requirements listed below. We offer no exemptions.
- COVID-19 vaccination
- Flu vaccination during flu season (September-April)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)
- TB screening
Download a copy of the immunization form for your healthcare provider to complete.
To be considered for the volunteer program applicants will need to complete the Pennsylvania required background clearances for volunteering with children. These clearances include, but not limited to: PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal, and FBI fingerprinting. These steps will be completed after acceptance into our program.
For more detailed information on required Pennsylvania requirements from the Department of Human Services, visit: Keep kids safe.
We have an array of volunteer opportunities available to support patients, families, visitors, and staff throughout the CHOP network.
Hospitality (Multiple locations)
Navigating the large hospital environment can be very stressful for families and visitors. Support patients, family members, and visitors through providing a warm, welcoming environment, assistance with wayfinding, and support with gathering wheelchairs.
Patient Care (Multiple locations)
This role assists the Nursing and Child Life staff in attending to the non-medical needs of children and families. Primary responsibilities would include delivering supplies, engaging in play opportunities with patients, holding babies, and other tasks contributing to the comfort and care of patients and families.
Reach Out and Reach (Select network locations)
Some CHOP primary care centers have Reach Out and Read a national pediatric early literacy program. Primary care physicians and nurse practitioners incorporate Reach Out and Read’s evidence-based model by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and language development and giving brand-new, culturally, linguistically, and age-appropriate books to patients, ages 6 months through 5 years. Volunteers are needed to set up, staff and break down a book table and offer families the choice of a gently used children’s book to take home as they leave the primary care center.
Occupational and Physical Therapy (Philadelphia campus and select network locations)
Assist Occupational or Physical Therapy staff in attending to the non-medical needs of children and families. Primary responsibilities contribute to the comfort and care of patients and families in an outpatient setting and include greeting patients, families and staff, assisting with cleaning mats and toys, and other tasks identified by staff.
Ronald McDonald House Room
Support patients, family members, and visitors through providing a warm, welcoming environment, hospitality services in the Ronald McDonald Room located in the hospital.
Support patient participation in Seacrest Studio programming, an internal multi-media programs at CHOP. Volunteers can support and assist in many facets of media production all while engaging patients in program opportunities.
Assist the Hospital School Program staff in providing educationally relevant experiences to patients. Primary responsibilities may include supporting teachers in creating and preparing materials, reading to/with patients, and playing educational games with patients.
Wawa Coffee & Care Cart
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.
Gerald B. Shreiber Pet Therapy Program
For adults interested in volunteering with their registered canine, 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: