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Volunteer Opportunities

The majority of our volunteers work directly with patients playing games, reading books, delivering crafts, and movies or assisting with arts and crafts at the bedside or in the hospital playrooms. There are also opportunities available with little or no patient care where volunteers help in our various clinics and offices, in the Gift Shop or at the information desks as greeters. 

Short-term Volunteer Opportunities

Big Hearts for Little Hands

A visit from a friendly face can make a world of difference for a young patient at Valley Children’s Hospital. For groups or individuals who are interested in volunteering, but are not able to commit to a regular volunteer schedule, we welcome you to consider the Big Hearts for Little Hands program, led by our Child Life team. The program was designed for infrequent volunteer visitors and offers an opportunity to volunteer up to three times a year.

Long-term Volunteer Opportunities

Our goal is to match volunteers with opportunities that serve our patients, families and staff while providing volunteers with a meaningful experience that is consistent with their skills and interests. Our volunteers support the entire organization serving in a variety of roles, all of which are instrumental in delivering quality care and services to the patients and families that Valley Children’s serves.

To engage patients and siblings of all ages, volunteers make a six month commitment on a weekly or biweekly basis (eight hours a month). We offer flexible scheduling and will work with you to determine a schedule that meets your needs as well as ours. For more information, please review our volunteer requirements.

Chaplain Aide

Volunteer chaplain aides provide spiritual care in the form of prayers or blessings, religious and cultural rites and traditions observing personal religious practices to patients and families under the supervision of the staff chaplain (training provided). Must be 18 years of age or older. 

Availability: 7 days a week, morning and afternoon (two to three hour shifts)

Gift Shop

Assist customers in selecting the perfect gift, wrapping, stocking shelves and providing cashier services. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

"George" the Mascot

Volunteers are needed to make an appearance as "George" at various on or off-site events. Training and costume provided.

Availability: Shifts vary


Act as host/hostess, providing information, escort services and smiles to our visitors and families. Some greeters assist the day surgery team while other support security at the information desks or in the Emergency Department.

Availability: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (three to four hour shifts)

Oncology Clinic

Assist the Valley Children’s Child Life clinic staff by interacting with families and patients and facilitating arts and craft projects, playing games, reading and much more!

Weekdays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (three to four hour shifts)

Patient Pals

Volunteers will engage with patients and siblings of all ages to provide opportunities for age appropriate play and socialization. Under the supervision of a child life team member, volunteers assist with various activities including arts and crafts projects, transporting patients or items and more to entertain patients in their rooms. Volunteers also provide support to clinical staff by holding and rocking babies.

Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Weekends: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Classroom Volunteers

Assist the child life team in providing an educational setting for inpatients during their hospital stay. Volunteers initiate activities and computer games to help kids continue to learn while in the Hospital. Volunteers are cross-trained for both the playroom and classroom.

Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Utilizing colorful and seasonal scrapbooking materials and Polaroid cameras, our volunteers engage patients and siblings by making personalized and creative memory pages together.

Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Weekends: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., 11 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Cuddlers soothe premature infants ranging from tiny preemies to larger full term babies; as well as infants suffering from maternal drug use withdrawal. Cuddler volunteers are specially trained by our neonatal nurses to hold, rock and interact with our tiniest patients when their parents can’t be with them at the Hospital. Candidates for the cuddler role are promoted from within our patient pal volunteer pool and have expressed an interested in being trained by the neonatal nursing team. Classes are typically offered once a year.

Availability: 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (two to four hour shifts)

George’s Pals (Canine Volunteers)

Canines and their owners visit patients to provide pet-assisted activities known to contribute to the healing of sick and injured children. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Availability: 7 days a week (2 hour shifts)