Wawa Volunteer Services

CHOP volunteer Volunteers who donate their time to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) play an important role in the experience of our patients and families. CHOP Volunteers work alongside healthcare professionals and support the Hospital's mission to care for not just the patient but the entire family.

Wawa Volunteer Services at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers opportunities for all different types of volunteer work. Volunteers over the age of 18 who are able to make a significant time commitment may be a good fit for our program. There are many different ways that our volunteers complement professional services in our patient care areas and provide support to our patients and families.

Please keep in mind, our meaningful engagements supporting patients, families and staff are non-clinical roles. Time spent volunteering in these roles does not fulfill “clinical hours” as required by some school programs.

Carefully review our volunteer requirements below, then take a look at our volunteer opportunities to learn more and determine which option is right for you:

How to apply

Applications are now accepted on a continuous and rolling basis. You may apply to only one Volunteer program at a time. Duplicate applications will not be considered.

First step: Review Volunteer Requirements and available Volunteer Opportunities

Are you able to make the time commitment to volunteering with CHOP? Have you reviewed the volunteer requirements, opportunities, responsibilities, etc. and the days/times available?

Second step: Get your immunization records

You will need your immunization records in order to apply to become a CHOP volunteer.

If you have reviewed our volunteer opportunities and determined that you can make the time commitment, the next step in the process is to complete the CHOP Immunization form. All persons working with patients or families, or routinely working in a building where patients are seen, must provide proof of immunity as indicated on the CHOP immunization form. 

This form must be signed by your healthcare provider. If you would like to provide your own record of immunizations, it will be subject to review and approval by the CHOP Occupational Health Department.  Records must be clear and legible and provided in one (1) complete pdf file to apply to the CHOP volunteer program.

Third step: Apply online!

Ready to go? Apply online to the Volunteer program that interests you! All volunteer applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were received.

*You may apply to only one Volunteer program at a time. Duplicate applications will not be considered.

You will be notified via email with your acceptance or rejection within 10 days of submitting your application as well as next steps in the process.  

Be sure to check your junk and/or trash folders to ensure you have not missed an email from Volunteers@email.chop.edu.

Volunteer requirements

Age: All volunteers must be 18 years or older.

Time commitment

We ask volunteers to commit to three- to four-hour shifts for a minimum of 100 hours, not to exceed 12 hours per week. Additional shift options are available depending on the role, and are noted in the opportunities description accordingly.

Health clearances

You will need your immunization records in order to apply to become a CHOP volunteer. The immunization record form can be found under “How to Apply."

All volunteers are required to:

  • Provide documentation of vaccination or immunity* to mumps, measles, rubella, and chicken pox
  • Provide documentation of updated Tdap vaccination
  • Provide documentation of two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test with reading, or you may provide a TB blood test that is within three months of your anticipated start date
  • Provide documentation of seasonal flu vaccine
  • All CHOP volunteers are required to receive an annual TB test and flu vaccine

*Immunity can be verified through blood titer records or vaccination records. Please consult with your medical provider and insurance company to determine which option is best for you.

Background checks

Child Safety clearances are required of all volunteers, and CHOP will pay for you to obtain these clearances if you are accepted to the program. As per Pennsylvania Act 153, Child Safety clearances must be renewed every five years. There are four background checks that must be completed in order to become a CHOP Volunteer:

  1. 7-year Social Security trace
  2. Pennsylvania State Police (PATCH) System Criminal History Record
  3. Child Abuse Clearance obtained through the PA Department of Public Welfare
  4. FBI Fingerprint screening

Orientation and training

Once cleared, all Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Main Campus volunteers are required to complete a Hospital Orientation and a one-hour Unit/Patient Care Orientation. Care Network and Reach Out and Read Volunteers are provided a specific site and program orientation.

All volunteers will be asked to complete additional training and mandatory education on a yearly basis.

Volunteer opportunities

Care Locations

CHOP volunteer Site locations:

Description

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 CHOP 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.

All volunteer applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired Care Network site in advance of applying for the Care Network Volunteer program. This ensures you are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting their desired choice. 

Available shifts

Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County (Chalfont, PA)
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. – noon, and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Flourtown:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Mount Laurel
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Haverford
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

King of Prussia:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (Urgent Care only): 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. -10 p.m.

Voorhees, NJ
Monday, Tuesday and Friday:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday:  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cobbs Creek
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. – noon
Friday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Norristown
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Karabots
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 1p.m.- 4 p.m. and  4 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 10 a.m., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. and 4p.m. - 7 p.m.

West Chester
Monday – Friday:  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Brandywine Valley
Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Emergency Department Nursing

There are no opportunities available at this time.

Emergency Department Nursing Volunteers support staff by helping to create a welcoming environment for families. Volunteers in this role will help direct families to the check-in desk, escort families to their room, and provide a general orientation of the room itself. At times, if families and children are in waiting area, volunteers will provide interactive play and other tasks that contribute to the comfort of those individuals. Tasks may also include wiping down toys and redistributing them in playrooms, or stocking supplies such as linens and gowns.

This is a “hands-on” volunteer role that requires teamwork and flexibility. ED Nursing volunteers work individually or as part of a team as they engage CHOP patients in a variety of enriching activities. In this setting volunteers will need to be comfortable working directly with children of all ages with a variety of different health, developmental, and/or behavioral challenges. 

This is a great opportunity for those in pre-med/pre-health majors, on the Physician Assistant major track, or someone who has great customer service experience.

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Energy Therapist

Location: Main Hospital

Description

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 proof of course completion.

Available shifts

Thursday only. Hours to be determined

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Family Center at Roberts

Location: Roberts Center, Schuylkill Avenue Campus, (South Street & Schuylkill Avenue), Philadelphia, PA

Description

Brand new CHOP location and a brand new volunteer opportunity! The Roberts Center for Pediatric Research is seeking volunteers to assist site staff by greeting at the reception area, providing directions and/or information, and supplementing the professional services of the office or clinical staff by supporting research participants and their families. Family Center volunteers will be asked to provide appropriate interactive play, diversional activities, and other tasks contributing to the comfort of participants while they wait for their appointments. This is a great opportunity to engage with CHOP’s innovative research staff in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility.

Available shifts

Monday - Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.,  11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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Gerald B. Shreiber Pet Therapy Program

Location: Main Campus

Description

Are you and your dog currently certified by Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, Therapy Dogs Inc or Comfort Caring Canines? If so, you might be a fit for pet therapy volunteering.

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Hair Stylist

Location: Main Campus

Description

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 CHOP, have gone without.

This is a highly specialized and “hands-on” Volunteer role which requires a mature, friendly, and professional attitude at all times. Our Volunteer Hair Stylists provide consultations and grooming services as requested in a caring, discreet, and efficient manner.

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 by CHOP, but Volunteers are able to bring their own supplies if they prefer.

Special requirements and qualifications

  • Commit to a 3 hour shift, once per week, for a minimum period of 6 months. 
  • Have the ability to follow directions and work independently
  • Have the ability to move easily throughout the hospital while pushing a cart, and be able to stand for extended periods of time. 
  • Be flexible and sensitive to the physical and emotional needs of patients, families, and staff members
  • Have the ability to physically transition between and/or around sensitive medical equipment to ensure the comfort and safety of CHOP patients and families.
  • Have an outgoing and pleasant demeanor with ability to get along with children of all ages
  • Be able to demonstrate sensitivity and confidentiality regarding patient information

Required licenses

Licensed Cosmetologist

Available shifts

Sunday 11a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Homeless Health Initiative (HHI)

HHI SPARK

Locations

  • Jane Addams Place, 25 S 43rd Street
  • People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Gloria’s Place, 3902 Spring Garden Street
  • St. Barnabas Mission, 6006 W Girard Avenue

Description

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) is a volunteer health outreach program that provides free healthcare and health-related services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. Dedicated volunteers from the HHI offer free high-quality medical and dental care, health education, and other services to shelter residents in the Philadelphia area.

SPARK (Safe Physical Activity & Recreation for Kids) is a weekly fitness and nutrition program for children, empowering them to make healthy choices during their time in shelter and beyond. Volunteers receive ongoing supervision and support from program leadership to facilitate a structured trauma-informed curriculum that provides opportunities for fun play while learning healthy lifestyle choices.

In this role, HHI volunteers are expected to assist SPARK group leaders to facilitate programming activities by:

  • Maintaining a safe learning environment for kids to play
  • Supervising and monitoring children during activities
  • Contributing innovative ideas for programming
  • Demonstrating comfort working with kids ages 5 and up
  • Aiding as walking escorts for children out of the facility to a nearby field/park (for Jane Addams Place and PEC volunteers)
  • Understanding trauma-informed care practices (taught in HHI training)
  • Being prepared and excited about active play
  • Being flexible — sometimes we shift plans based on what the kids need that day
  • Demonstrating cooperation, teamwork and fair play

Special requirements

  • All Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month.
  • All Volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired site in advance of applying. This ensures they are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting their desired choice.
  • All Volunteers will need to complete an hourlong HHI training prior to their first shift.

Available shifts

Jane Addams Place:
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Gloria’s Place:
Wednesdays 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

St. Barnabas Mission:
Thursdays 7 p.m. - 8: p.m.

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HHI Women’s Wellness

Location: People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Gloria’s Place, 3902 Spring Garden Street

Description

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) is a volunteer health outreach program that provides free healthcare and health-related services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. Dedicated volunteers from the HHI offer free high-quality medical and dental care, health education, and other services to shelter residents in the Philadelphia area.

Women’s Wellness (WW) is a fun educational program that promotes well-being for mothers living in shelters. Through hands-on learning, mothers are empowered to make healthy choices in their current environment and in the future, for themselves and their families.

In this role, HHI volunteers are expected to assist WW group leaders to facilitate programming activities by:

  • Maintaining a safe environment for women to learn and relax
  • Contributing innovative ideas for programming
  • Demonstrating comfort working with women in a shelter environment
  • Understanding trauma-informed care practices (taught in HHI training)
  • Being prepared and excited about programming
  • Being flexible — sometimes we shift plans based on what the ladies need that day

Special requirements

  • All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month.
  • All volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired site in advance of applying. This ensures they are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/ or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting their desired choice.
  • All volunteers will need to complete an hourlong HHI training prior to their first shift.

Available shifts

Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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HHI Fun Friday Art

Location: People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Gloria’s Place, 3902 Spring Garden Street

Description

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) is a volunteer health outreach program that provides free healthcare and health-related services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. Dedicated volunteers from the HHI offer free high-quality medical and dental care, health education, and other services to shelter residents in the Philadelphia area.

Fun Friday Art is a therapeutic weekly art program where mothers in shelter find joy, healing, creativity, skills, empowerment and entrepreneurship through classes in art, crafts, jewelry, knitting and, in the future, sewing. Please let us know if you have a specific talent you would like to share; however, no experience is necessary.

In this role, HHI volunteers are expected to assist Fun Friday Art group leaders to facilitate programming activities by:

  • Gathering necessary supplies for projects 
  • Assisting with cleanup 
  • Helping participants complete projects when necessary
  • Planning and implementing field trips
  • Attending art shows and assisting mothers in selling their artwork, if available
  • Attending art advisory council meetings to brainstorm activities, if available
  • Assisting in the creation of an art room (painting, putting in floors, putting up hanging system, etc.)

Special requirements

  • All volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired site in advance of applying. This ensures they are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting their desired choice.
  • All volunteers will need to complete an hourlong HHI orientation prior to their first shift.

Available shifts

Fridays 10 a.m. - noon

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HHI Child Health

Location: HomeFront, 1 Celia Way (Ewing NJ)

Description

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) is a volunteer health outreach program that provides free healthcare and health-related services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. Dedicated volunteers from the HHI offer free high-quality medical and dental care, health education, and other services to shelter residents in the Philadelphia area.

“Taking Charge of Your Child’s Health” is a weekly, hourlong discussion workshop, in which parents/caregivers can talk with pediatric healthcare providers about various common health topics, including acute illnesses, when to go to the ER, vaccinations, child development, infant care, dermatology, teen health, behavior health, mental health, safety, etc. The goals of these conversations are to empower parents/caregivers with knowledge and assist them in connecting with and navigating common health problems. Speakers are supported by the CHOP medical advisor, who orients and introduces the volunteer and helps moderate the discussion.

In this role, HHI volunteers are expected to assist child health group leaders to facilitate programming activities by:

  • Working with the CHOP medical advisor to determine learning objectives related to the selected topic
  • Helping generate discussion
  • Answering caregivers’ questions

Special requirements

  • All volunteers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired site in advance of applying. This ensures you are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting their desired choice.
  • All volunteers will need to complete an hourlong HHI orientation prior to their first shift.

Available Shifts

Thursdays 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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HHI Special Events Only

Locations

  • Jane Addams Place, 25 S 43rd Street
  • People’s Emergency Center (PEC) Gloria’s Place, 3902 Spring Garden Street
  • St. Barnabas Mission, 6006 W Girard Avenue
  • Families Forward Philadelphia, 111 N 49th Street
  • Red Cross House, 4000 Powelton Avenue
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence, 715 North Broad Street

Description

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) is a volunteer health outreach program that provides free healthcare and health-related services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. Dedicated volunteers from the HHI offer free high-quality medical and dental care, health education, and other services to shelter residents in the Philadelphia area.

Throughout the year, HHI hosts special events at various shelter locations. We also connect volunteers with shelter-organized volunteer opportunities.

  • HHI’s Annual Family Fun and Fitness Day
  • MLK Day
  • Back to School Celebrations
  • Holiday Celebrations

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Hospitality and Wayfinding

Location: Main Campus

Description

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 at CHOP. 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 patient’s 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.

Available shifts

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Inpatient Bedside – Flexible Schedule

Location: Main Campus

Description

Provide positive and engaging patient experiences at the bedside.

Volunteers in this role collaborate with the Nursing Department Hospital-wide to assist in meeting the demands of patient care by supporting patients and families with their one-on-one bedside needs. This is a “hands-on” volunteer role that requires teamwork, flexibility, and a positive “can-do” attitude. In this role, Volunteers will work individually or as part of a team and engage CHOP patients in a variety of enriching activities, such as art, music, reading and games.

Volunteers in this role will need to be comfortable working directly with children of all ages with a variety of different health, developmental, and/or behavioral challenges.

Volunteers will maintain a flexible schedule and will be required to schedule themselves using an internal CHOP scheduling system. 

Available shifts

Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. - noon, noon - 3 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., and 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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Inpatient Bedside & Playrooms – Fixed Schedule

Location: Main Campus

Description

Volunteers in this role supplement the professional services of the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department by supporting staff through appropriate interactive play and other tasks that contribute to the comfort of patients and families.

This is a “hands-on” Volunteer role that requires teamwork and flexibility. Volunteers will work individually or as part of a team as they engage CHOP patients in a variety of enriching activities, such as art, music, reading and games. Tasks may also include wiping down toys and redistributing them in playrooms, or creating bulletin boards within a unit.

This role includes 1:1 patient setting or small group settings in both inpatient and outpatient areas of the Main Campus. Volunteers in this role will need to be comfortable working directly with children of all ages with a variety of different health, developmental, and/or behavioral challenges.

This role currently does not offer weekend volunteer options for new volunteers.

Volunteers in this role will maintain a fixed, weekly schedule for the duration of their volunteer experience.

Available shifts

Inpatient units: Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. – noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (No weekend shifts available)

Emergency Department: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – noon, noon – 3 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., 8 p.m. – 11p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday: noon – 3 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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Occupational Therapy Program

Locations

  • Main Campus, Philadelphia, PA
  • Specialty Care, Virtua, NJ
  • Specialty Care, King of Prussia, PA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Mays Landing, NJ

Description

In this volunteer role, you will supplement the professional services of the Occupational Therapy (OT) program by supporting patients, families and staff through various tasks contributing to the occupational therapy treatment of patients.

Duties in this role include assisting therapists with patient activities, playing with patients, and/or siblings of all ages, organizing closets and toys, and (depending on location) helping to maintain patient safety by disinfecting toys, supplies and equipment. OT volunteers must be able to conduct themselves in a calm, professional and friendly manner when greeting, interacting, and providing basic information to all patients, families and staff. All volunteer applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired volunteer site in advance of applying for the OT Volunteer program. This ensures you are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting your desired choice.

Available shifts

Main Campus
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Specialty Care, Virtua, NJ
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Specialty Care, King of Prussia, PA
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro
Monday - Friday:  9 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Hours and schedule are subject to change.)

Specialty Care, Atlantic County    
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Outpatient Clinics at Main

Location: Main Campus

Description

CHOP’s Shared Clinics are seeking volunteers who are flexible, enjoy variety, and can provide consistency and comfort to patients and families in various outpatient clinics. Volunteers in this role work hands on supporting activities in the outpatient waiting areas for Specialty Care clinics such as Ophthalmology, Metabolism, Plastic Surgery, Fostering Health and more. Volunteers in this role provide comfort to patients, families and siblings while they wait for multiple appointments. The volunteer will engage the patient and siblings with arts and crafts, reading, playing games, coloring and other activities while the family is present.

Available shifts

Monday - Friday:  9 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Patient Technology Navigator

Location

Main Campus

Description

Patient Technology Navigator Volunteers supplement the professional services of CHOP by helping our inpatients and/or caregivers sign up and learn to utilize their CHOP electronic health records system (MyChart Bedside).

This is a “hands-on” volunteer role that requires teamwork and flexibility. Patient Technology Navigator Volunteers work individually and as part of a team to introduce and educate patient and/or caregivers to the CHOP MyChart Bedside service, and assist them in signing up in the moment using a CHOP provided mobile tablet. 

Volunteers in this role will need a friendly and outgoing personality, and must be able to move independently throughout different units and patient rooms at CHOP. They will need to be comfortable approaching caregivers and working directly with children and adolescents of different health, developmental, and/or behavioral challenges. Additionally, volunteers must be familiar with tablet devices and able to work cooperatively with child life, nurses and other staff to identify and prioritize patients most in need of assistance.  

This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in the medical or public health professions, or for those who like technology. 

Available shifts

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – noon; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; noon – 3p.m.; and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  (No available weekend shifts at this time)

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Physical Therapy Program

Locations

  • Main Campus, Philadelphia, PA
  • Virtua, NJ
  • King of Prussia, PA
  • Princeton, NJ

Description

In this volunteer role, you will supplement the professional services of the Physical Therapy (PT) program by supporting patients, families and staff through appropriate interactive play and other tasks contributing to the physical therapy treatment of patients. PT volunteers must be able to conduct themselves in a calm, professional and friendly manner when greeting and interacting with patients, families and all staff.

Duties in this role include delivering equipment as needed to therapists throughout the Hospital, assisting therapists with patient activities, playing with patients, and/or siblings of all ages, organizing closets, and helping to maintain patient safety by disinfecting toys, play supplies, equipment and wheelchairs. All volunteer applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired volunteer site in advance of applying for the Physical Therapy Volunteer program. This ensures you are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting your desired choice.

Available shifts

Main Campus
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Specialty Care, Virtua, NJ
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Specialty Care, King of Prussia, PA
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro

Monday - Friday:  9 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Hours and schedule are subject to change.)

There are no opportunities available at this time.

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REACH Mentor Program

Description

REACH (Rapport, Empowerment, Advocacy, through Connections and Health) is a program that runs educational events for youth with chronic conditions and their parents/caregivers. REACH's mission is to prepare youth with special healthcare needs for a successful transition into adulthood by providing peer support, guidance and resources.

Transition to adulthood refers to youth between the ages of 14 to 21 with chronic medical conditions who have to begin taking responsibility for their own medical care as they become young adults. Some examples of chronic medical conditions include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, sickle cell disease, neurofibromatosis, diabetes, and intellectual disability.

Volunteer REACH mentors are typically young adults that have personal experience with transitioning to adulthood with special healthcare needs or parents of successfully transitioned children with special healthcare needs. In this role, volunteer REACH mentors contribute to REACH events by developing ideas for discussion topics and session planning, constructively sharing their experiences with participants at designated times throughout the events, helping facilitate youth and parent sessions with CHOP Staff guidance and input, and assisting with administrative tasks, such as handing out resources, collecting surveys, setup and cleanup.

Special requirements

Volunteer REACH mentors must attend mentor training and continuing education before each event, attend at least two (2) events per year as a mentor, one (1) event per year as administrative support, one (1) mentor focus group per year, and assist with REACH event follow-up surveys. Volunteer REACH mentors should have a positive attitude, be on time for all trainings and events, have reliable transportation to and from events, and be flexible during events if roles are reassigned or adjusted.

REACH events are one or two sessions per year and usually have the following structure:

  • Healthcare provider presentation
  • Separate youth and parent sessions
  • Healthcare and community resources are offered

Available shifts

To be determined based on upcoming event schedule. Volunteer REACH mentors will be notified of upcoming event details at least one month in advance.

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Reach Out and Read Volunteer

Reach out and read Location: Care Networks - various

Descriptions

Reach Out and Read Volunteer Readers are based in primary care outpatient (Care Network) waiting rooms and engage children of any age with books and reading. In addition, Volunteers model for parents/caregivers the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud. They can also assist with replenishing gently used books in the waiting area and other on-site, program-related tasks.

Due to the unpredictable nature of pediatric primary care patient waiting rooms, where wait times and attendance can vary by the day and the hour, Volunteers could have many or very few children to read with during their scheduled volunteer shift. Children will vary in ages and Volunteers may have very brief or more extensive periods of time with patients and caregivers.

Reach Out and Read Volunteer Screeners are also based in primary care outpatient (Care Network) locations, and help review the content and appropriateness of gently used book donations. They also ensure that new books are categorized appropriately by age and distributed within easy-reach of medical providers throughout the Care Network location. 

Special requirements

  • All Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum, consistent weekly shift of 1.5 hours for at least 6 consecutive months.
  • All Volunteer applicants are required to familiarize themselves with their desired Care Network site in advance of applying for the Reach Out and Read program. This ensures they are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting their desired choice.

Volunteer readers

  • Must be independent, able to engage with children and caregivers, and take initiative on tasks
  • Must be able to travel to and from Reach Out and Read location.
  • Must be able to transport a canvas carry bag of books (approx. 15 lbs.) for the duration of shift
  • Must be able to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time.

Volunteer Screeners/Sorters

  • Must be able to travel to and from Reach Out and Read location
  • Must be able to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to physically lift heavy boxes on as-needed basis
  • Once trained, must be able to independently review donated books for appropriate program content, and distribute (on cart) new and/or gently used books to designated areas as needed.

Available shifts

*All locations and shift availability are subject to change without notice. Shifts are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  More information on each site is available below by clicking on the location link.
(+) indicates free, onsite parking available at location

Pennsylvania

Primary Care, Coatesville
Needs:  Volunteer Readers – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Primary Care, Cobbs Creek
Needs: Volunteer Readers - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Primary Care, Drexel Hill
Needs: Volunteer Readers and Screeners – Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m. – noon, and 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Primary Care, Roxborough
Needs: Volunteer Readers and Screeners – Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m, Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Primary Care, South Philadelphia 
Needs:  Volunteer Readers - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Karabots Pediatric Care Center
Needs: Volunteer Readers - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Primary Care, Indian Valley
Needs: Volunteer Readers - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; Screener (1) - Day and time are flexible.

Primary Care, Kennett Square
No current openings.

Primary Care, Norristown
No current openings.

Primary Care, North Hills
Needs: (1) Volunteer Reader - Wednesday, 1:30-3pm

New Jersey

Primary Care, Salem Road
Needs: Volunteer Readers - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

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Rehab Program

Locations

Description

In this role, volunteers assist the Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy staff in the CHOP Care Network locations. Rehab volunteers will engage with patients and families during their appointment and/or assessment by offering warm greetings upon arrival, and at times providing direct interaction such as coloring, reading, or playing games as needed and when appropriate.

In addition, Rehab Volunteers will assist with toy cleaning and reorganizing, inventory of supplies, wiping down equipment, supporting staff in the setup and promotion of group activities, and more. Rehab volunteers may also assist in performing light clerical tasks during downtime if needed on site.

It is important to understand that this volunteer role differs distinctly from our Physical and Occupational Therapy volunteer opportunities. Volunteers in this Rehab volunteer role will offer assistance to CHOP patients and families within these departments, but in a different capacity than our exclusively OT and PT volunteers.

All volunteer applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their desired CHOP Care Location in advance of applying for the Rehab Volunteer program. This ensures you are comfortable with the geographic location and distance, public transportation and/or parking availability, and accessibility of the location before selecting your desired choice.

Available shifts

Shift times are the same for each CHOP Care location.

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.,  11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

*Consistency with schedule (same time, same day each week is preferred at each location). Once on board with site supervisor, you will be able to work out a personal volunteer schedule.

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School Tutor

Location: Main Campus

Description

In this role, Volunteers tutor patients and support Hospital School Program teachers and staff as needed. Some tasks may include providing educational activities in the classroom, unit playroom, or at patient bedside. Volunteers will work in partnership with the Hospital School Program to ensure that all children meet their learning and education goals in the CHOP setting. This role may be a great opportunity for a retired educators or principals. This volunteer role does not offer weekend hours.

Special requirements

  • Must be flexible and understanding of differing needs of volunteer role based on student roster that changes daily. For example, one shift on a given week may have many children to assist with, but other weeks there may be none.
  • Must be able to respond to patients and families in a respectful, courteous and confidential manner.

Available shifts

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Seacrest Studios

Location: Main Campus

Description

Ready to Pick, Produce, Play and Perform? You're in the right place!

In this role, volunteers help engage CHOP patients and their siblings in a variety of media-based activities, which are often integrated with an interactive Hospital-wide CCTV network called Galaxy 51. Operated out of the Seacrest Studios, CHOP's own multimedia broadcasting studio, this program strives to provide therapeutic entertainment while also introducing and teaching new technologies.

Opportunities to interact with children in this role are plentiful. Volunteers can assist children at bedside, unit playrooms, around the Atrium and Emergency Department waiting areas, in the studio, or even call-in LIVE over the air! We are looking for energetic superstars who would LOVE to do things like:

  • Show off talents on TV and guest host.
  • Sing along with some karaoke.
  • Make all kinds of videos.
  • Help with special broadcast events.
  • Play with different gaming platforms.
  • Help a patient be a STAR!

This is an opportunity work alongside many facets of media production, all while truly making a difference in children’s lives.

Available shifts

Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., noon - 3 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Wawa Coffee and Care Cart Volunteer

Wawa Cart Volunteers Location: Main Campus

Description

Thanks to the generosity of the Wawa Foundation, CHOP is able to offer the Wawa Coffee Care Cart. This unique amenity allows CHOP to create a more pleasant patient experience for families at CHOP. Wawa Coffee and Care Cart Volunteers provide a simple comfort that often helps get families through the day. Volunteers will interact with patients and families and provide complimentary hot and cold Wawa beverages with a smile!

The Wawa Cart is typically staffed by a team of two to five volunteers and serves patients and families in locations throughout CHOP’s Main Campus. Volunteer duties include brewing coffee, stocking cart supplies, serving drinks directly to patient rooms, cleaning the hot beverage containers and restocking the cart.

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

Available shifts

Monday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. -noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday: No current openings, but please select day if interested

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Yoga Instructor Volunteer

Location: Main Campus

Description

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 the 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. It is important that Volunteer Yoga Instructors be welcoming and accept that caregivers will not be as experienced in their practice. You must be willing to verbally adjust their bodies, provide them with alternative poses as needed, and assist them with other parts of their fitness regimes.

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

Available shifts

Monday – Friday only. Hours to be determined.

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Want to help CHOP in your community?

Plan a school or community fundraiser

Organizing a fundraising event, whether you're planning a sponsored race or a bake sale, is a wonderful way to get your community involved and touch the lives of kids who rely on CHOP for care. Fill out an event form to get started