Wawa Volunteer Services

We are excited to have our previously active volunteers safely returning to campus. For individuals interested in becoming a volunteer at either of our Philadelphia or King of Prussia hospitals, please visit this page periodically for volunteer program updates.

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

At this time, we are not accepting any new volunteer applicants.  Please visit this page periodically for updates.

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: