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 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.

Volunteer Requirements

Time Commitment

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 per week (the same time block on the same day each week) over a period of six months or longer.

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

Required Immunizations

  1. Flu vaccination during flu season (October-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

Summer Teen Program

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR 2019

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.

College Student Program (Undergrad, Graduate, Post-Bach, Nursing, etc.)

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2019

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.

The college student program is limited to the first 25 students who qualify and provide all of the required documents for the upcoming semester or summer.

Check back in July 2019 for fall 2019 college program.

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 dates: