Be a Volunteer

We promise great "rewards" to those unselfish individuals who come to CHKD with a desire to help. That's because we believe no reward is greater than the satisfying feeling you get when you labor unselfishly for others, especially for sick children…when you know you are needed…when you know you are appreciated.

CHKD volunteers apply that special touch, that extra smile and willing pair of hands to help make the difference in the care for which we are so well known.

Whatever your need, we'll try to match it to ours. We can help you give the greatest gift of all. All you need to do is spare a little time and share a little of yourself.

If you would like to apply to volunteer at CHKD, please review the Steps to Becoming a Volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteer opportunities are endless at CHKD. We offer a variety of volunteer experiences based on your personal interests, including:

  • Kids & Company Gift Shop
    Put your people skills to work in our gift shop while you interact with families and staff within the hospital.
  • Work directly with the kids
    As a child life volunteer you might find yourself playing with the children in the activity room or reading a story or playing a game with a child who is unable to leave his room.
  • Assist in a waiting room
    Our surgical waiting area volunteers work directly with families while they are awaiting news about their child's surgery.
  • Support our staff
    Gain valuable work experience or share your existing clerical skills with one of the many departments within the hospital. Or interact with families and patients on a clinical unit while assisting the nursing staff.
  • Junior Volunteer Program
    Teenagers who are at least 14 years old (by December 31) and still in high school can apply in our Summer Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are accepted between March and May only. Due to the large volume of applications, we are not able to keep applications on file.

Also, if you have special talents, please let us know. We are always interested in developing new services.

Commitment Requirements

To ensure a positive experience for both the volunteer and CHKD, we request the following of all volunteers:

  • Personal interview
  • Commitment to a regular weekly schedule
  • Attend volunteer orientation
  • General good health
  • Documentation of 2 MMR immunizations, varicella (chicken pox) screening and an annual negative TB skin test
  • Background investigation
  • Purchase and wear CHKD volunteer uniform
  • Sign and adhere to the strict confidentiality code
  • Follow hospital policies

Learn more about the Steps to Becoming a Volunteer and how to set up your interview here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I start volunteering?
  2. How old do you have to be to volunteer at CHKD?
  3. What will I do as a volunteer?
  4. Can volunteering lead to a paid position at CHKD?
  5. Can my company/corporation volunteer as a group?
  6. Can my family volunteer together?

Volunteer Testimonials

"I was once a patient at CHKD, and I remember how much the volunteers and staff affected me. Everybody was great, and they made my stay at the hospital as joyous as it could be. I want to do the same - affect people by making their lives just a bit more fun and happier. Volunteering makes me feel better about myself which is a great feeling."
Adam Pardue, Junior Volunteer, Child Life Department

"Being a part of the CHKD family has been a way of life for me since 1968. As a member of the Alice Davis Circle of The King's Daughters, I decided to do in-hospital volunteering because it appealed to me more. Somehow it's more 'hands-on.' I have worked in many different departments at CHKD but the Gift Shop has been the primary outlet for my 'mercantile abilities.' During my years of working at the hospital, I have gotten to know many staff members as well as fellow volunteers. I feel I have a large group friends who make me feel like a real colleague."
Heike Walker, Volunteer, Kids & Co. Gift Shop

"The wonderful volunteer program at CHKD has shown me what I want to do for the rest of my entire life. I know that I want to spend it working with children. It [volunteering] has done wonderful things that I will forever appreciate."
Paige Brown, Junior Volunteer, Child Life Department

Contact Volunteer Services

For additional information on volunteering at CHKD please call us at (757) 668-7195 or email us If you are interested in the Jr. Volunteer Program, please call between March 1 and June 1 for more information.