Volunteer » Frequently Asked Questions
A volunteer typically contributes between two and four hours each week. However, we are flexible and will try to accommodate your schedule. The minimum requirement is eight hours a month, following an initial commitment of 6 months.
Our greatest need for volunteers is Monday–Friday before 6 p.m. We also have some volunteer opportunities and shifts we are looking to fill immediately. You can find those at the bottom of the main Volunteer page.
There is no minimum age requirement for a hospital volunteer. However, volunteers need to have completed the eighth-grade and be enrolled in high school in order to be eligible. Visitors with the Big Heart for Little Hands Program need to be at least 10.
Following health screening clearance, volunteers usually start within that same month. Since we are a children's hospital, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our patients through a thorough screening process. Individuals with health screening documentation usually complete the screening process in a shorter time period.
All volunteers will attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Further training may be required depending on the department or service area you select.
Students will need to make an initial commitment to 6 months of volunteering before any hours will be verified for service projects or for service hours required by a school.
Students needing fewer than 10 hours may contact the Child Life Big Hearts for Little Hands Program at (559) 353-5876 for availability.
Groups or individuals wanting to visit the hospital on a one-time or infrequent basis may contact the Child Life Big Heart for Little Hands Program at (559) 353-5876. See the Groups and Organizations section of our website for more information.
We do offer several other opportunities that support the hospital’s mission such as fundraising activities. For more information on fundraising opportunities, contact the Children’s Hospital Foundation at (559) 353-7100 or visit their website by clicking here.
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