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Be A Volunteer

(757) 668-7195

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The CHKD volunteer department is not currently accepting new applications to the program due to COVID-19. We will update this page when the restriction is lifted. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at CHKD.

Compassion When Needed Most

CHKD volunteers lend that special touch, go that extra smile and offer that willing pair of hands to help make the difference in the care we are known for.

We promise "great rewards" to the unselfish individual who comes 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. 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.

Program Requirements

Please carefully review the CHKD volunteer program requirements prior to applying. If you have specific questions concerning the program, you may reach us at (757) 668-7195 or

  • The CHKD volunteer program requires an individual commitment. We do not offer group volunteer opportunities.
  • The application process includes a personal interview, criminal background investigation, submission of personal health records and successful completion of volunteer orientation(s). Please note that CHKD does not accept volunteers for court mandated volunteer hours. In addition, CHKD has a nicotine free hiring and volunteering policy and mandatory influenza vaccination policy during flu season.
  • Volunteers agree to maintain a regular schedule of at least four shifts per month.
  • Volunteers agree to a minimum commitment level of 60 hours of volunteer services before separating from the program. This typically takes approximately six months.

Apply to Become a CHKD Volunteer

Apply. Please fill out the online application by clicking on the “Apply Now” button. SUMMER TEEN APPLICANTS - DO NOT APPLY HERE. This application is for adult volunteer applicants only.

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Contact Volunteer Services

For additional information on volunteering at CHKD please call us at (757) 668-7195 or email us at If you are interested in the Junior Volunteers program, please call in March for more information.

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Meet longtime volunteer Rich Overstreet who makes it his mission to keep kids smiling at CHKD. Rich, a seven year volunteer, has accumulated more than 4,000 volunteer hours. He is well-loved, and easy to spot walking through the hallways in a funny hat and cracking jokes as he visits children in the hospital. Read more to find out what he loves most about being a volunteer at CHKD.

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