Eligibility requirements/application process

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Children’s Minnesota. It is a privilege to serve the many patients and families who seek care at Children’s.

Volunteer eligibility requirements

As one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, it is important that each team member understand and respect the seriousness of our patients’ health. It is for this reason that we have specific requirements for people who apply to volunteer at our hospitals and clinics — including the submission of immunization records  to protect the patients and families that we serve.

To be eligible to volunteer, you need to:

  • Be a minimum age of 14 years old
  • Commit to one three-hour shift per week for one semester (students) or six months (non-students)
  • Submit written documentation, from your healthcare provider, of your immunization records: vaccines required include chickenpox/varicella, MMR, Tdap, and flu (during influenza season), as well as a negative Mantoux (tuberculosis) test within the past 12 months
  • Complete a personal interview
  • Complete volunteer orientation materials (online-approx. 2 hours)
  • Pass a criminal background check

The application and onboarding process

Our application and onboarding process has four steps:

Step 1: Apply online

Volunteer applications are available online only. After submitting an application, you have 30 days to submit your complete immunization records to our offices. Applications without immunizations will not be kept after this 30-day period. Please call your healthcare provider to verify your immunization status as soon after submitting the application as possible, since obtaining these records may take time. 

Step 2: Submit your immunization records

Submit your required volunteer immunization records to the Volunteer Services office. Records can be faxed to 612-813-6147 (Minneapolis), 651-220-6115 (St. Paul) or emailed to [email protected]. Vaccines required include chickenpox/varicella, MMR, and Tdap, as well as a negative Mantoux (tuberculosis) test within the past 12 months.  We will not set up your interview until these records have been received

Step 3: Interview

Once your volunteer application and immunization records have been received, we will review your availability and preferred service areas. We will contact you by either phone or email to set up a personal interview if your availability matches our current needs. Please note that an interview offer does not guarantee placement.

Step 4: Orientation

Volunteer orientation information will be provided during interviews.


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