Hospital and clinic volunteer opportunities

Weekdays

Our greatest need is for volunteers who can serve during weekday, daytime hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 am-3:00 pm) in capacities such as:

Inpatient float volunteer

Spend one-on-one time with patients and siblings of all ages – from birth to 18 years old. This volunteer position floats to different units (depending on need) and serves patients of all diagnoses. Activities may include taking toddlers for stroller rides, playing video/board games with teens – anything to offer a diversion from the hospital stay by allowing kids to play and simply be kids.  (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic and General Pediatrics Clinic

Oversee clinic playroom/waiting areas by entertaining patients and siblings. Provide appropriate developmental play through board games, activities, imagination, arts and crafts, reading and other play. (Minneapolis)

Greeter-guide

Provide a warm welcome by greeting, escorting and directing visitors throughout the hospital, making deliveries and assisting with customer service needs as able. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Library book wagon

Distribute books to patients via our library book wagon. Pick up and drop off books, and assist with other library tasks. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Clerical support

Assist a wide variety of departments with behind-the-scenes administrative support, such as filing or creating packets. Areas include strategic planning, homecare, research, neurosurgery and more. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Sibling play area

Engage and offer special attention to the siblings of our patients through activities including painting, drawing, reading, indoor/outdoor games and general play. (Minneapolis) Learn more about the sibling play area »

Child Life Zone

Assist child life staff in playroom events and activities with patients and siblings. (St. Paul) Learn more about the Child Life Zone »

Star Studio

Assist with our live, in-house TV show that is broadcast throughout the hospital. Advertise the show of the day by handing out flyers to patients, assisting behind the scenes during live shows, and helping deliver prizes to patients. (Minneapolis only) Learn more about Star Studio »

Perioperative (pre-surgery) escort

Support clear communication between families and staff and ensure that families receive the support they need. Help with sibling care while parents tend to patients, escort parents to the Surgery Family Waiting Room, and assist staff with errands. Minimum age 18. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Surgery family waiting room

Help ease the anxious waiting time for families while a child is in surgery by greeting, offering coffee and beverages, assisting with directions, and providing other resources. Serve as the liaison between the surgery staff and families, offering communication and updates as they come in, bringing families to consultation rooms, etc. Minimum age 18. (Minneapolis)

Evenings

Emergency department

Help with upkeep of toys, stocking supplies, running errands, and providing activities for patients and siblings. Minimum age 18. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Patient pal

Spend one-on-one time with patients and siblings of all ages – from birth to 18 years old. This volunteer position floats to different units (depending on need) and serves patients of all diagnoses. Activities may include taking toddlers for stroller rides, playing video/board games with teens – anything to offer a diversion from the hospital stay by allowing kids to play and simply be kids.  (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Sibling play area

Engage and offer special attention to the siblings of our patients through activities including painting, drawing, reading, indoor/outdoor games and general play. (Minneapolis)

Weekends

Patient pal

Spend one-on-one time with patients and siblings of all ages – from birth to 18 years old. This volunteer position floats to different units (depending on need) and serves patients of all diagnoses. Activities may include taking toddlers for stroller rides, playing video/board games with teens – anything to offer a diversion from the hospital stay by allowing kids to play and simply be kids.  (Minneapolis and St. Paul)

Child Life Zone

Assist child life staff in playroom events and activities with patients and siblings. (St. Paul) Learn more about the Child Life Zone »

Summer volunteer opportunities

Children’s volunteer opportunities are year-round, therefore we do not have a specific summer program. Anyone interested in volunteering must submit an application, the required immunization records, and be able to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 3+ months (or a school semester), coming weekly for a 3-hour shift.

Contact Volunteer Services

 Minneapolis: 612-813-6200
 St. Paul: 651-220-6141
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