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Weekday Opportunities

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

  • Child life playrooms: Assist child life staff with playroom events and activities serving patients and siblings. (Minneapolis)
  • 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)
  • Developmental rehabilitation: Students studying pre-physical therapy/occupational therapy/speech-language pathology, assist rehabilitation therapists by maintaining treatment areas, therapy materials, and other tasks. (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnetonka, Roseville, Woodbury, Maple Grove)
  • Greeter-guide volunteer: 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)
  • Patient pal-float volunteer: Spend one-on-one time with patients and siblings of all ages. Rock and hold infants, take toddlers for stroller rides, or play video/board games. Offer a diversion from the hospital stay by allowing kids to play and simply be kids. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
  • Neonatal: Hold, rock, and comfort infants in the neonatal areas.  Read to, play music for, and interact with some of the hospital’s tiniest
    patients. Assist staff with organizing linen closets, sibling needs, etc. (Minneapolis) Minimum age 18.
  • Library bookwagon: Distribute books to patients via our library bookwagon. Pick up and drop off books, and assist with other library tasks. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
  • Clerical support volunteer: 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)
  • PAWH (Pets Assisting with Healing) pet therapy volunteer: A PAWH team consists of a Pet Partners registered animal and handler. Our volunteer teams visit patients at the bedside, in the emergency department, the cancer & blood disorders clinic  and the radiology waiting room to name a few. Learn more about the PAWH program.
  • 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)
  • Child Life Zone: Assist child life staff in playroom events and activities with patients and siblings. (St. Paul)
  • 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 and St. Paul)
  • 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. (Minneapolis and St. Paul) Minimum age 18.
  • 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. (Minneapolis) Minimum age 18.

Evening opportunities

  • Emergency department: Help with upkeep of toys, stocking supplies, running errands, and providing activities for patients and siblings. (Minneapolis and St. Paul) Minimum age 18.
  • Patient pal-float volunteer:  Spend one-on-one time with patients and siblings of all ages. Rock and hold infants, take toddlers for stroller rides, or play video/board games. Offer a diversion from the hospital stay by allowing kids to play and simply be kids. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
  • Neonatal: Hold, rock, and comfort infants in the neonatal areas.  Read to, play music for, and interact with some of the hospital’s tiniest
    patients. Assist staff with organizing linen closets, sibling needs, etc. (Minneapolis) Minimum age 18.
  • 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)

Weekend opportunities

  • Patient pal-float volunteer:  Spend one-on-one time with patients and siblings of all ages. Rock and hold infants, take toddlers for stroller rides, or play video/board games. Offer a diversion from the hospital stay by allowing kids to play and simply be kids. (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
  • Neonatal: Hold, rock, and comfort infants in the neonatal areas.  Read to, play music for, and interact with some of the hospital’s tiniest
    patients. Assist staff with organizing linen closets, sibling needs, etc. (Minneapolis) Minimum age 18.
  • Child Life Zone: Assist child life staff in playroom events and activities with patients and siblings. (St. Paul)

Summer volunteer opportunities

  • Summer volunteer positions are very limited, as many volunteers stay with us year-round. We do not have a summer program, rather require volunteers to stay with us for a minimum of 3+ months, for a 3-hour/week shift.

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