Volunteering at Children's Hospital

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments are available by special request.

Phone Number:

(504) 896-9486

Fax Number:

(504) 896-3934

Volunteering at Children's Hospital

Volunteers at Children's Hospital are part of a family. Volunteers will find that staff, patients and their families depend on them. They will experience personal rewards, which are immeasurable, and what they give to the hospital and its patients is also immeasurable.

Volunteers can help in the following ways:

  • Entertain and assist patients - The hospital can be a scary place. Volunteers can be very reassuring to young patients and their families.
  • Work in an office setting - Not all volunteers want to interact with patients. Many choose to help with office work such as filing, answering phones, making copies and other general office duties.
  • Staff the Gift Shop - The hospital's Gift Shop is staffed by volunteers and is a great place to have contact with patients and their families, visitors and hospital staff.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age or in the 9th grade (the summer before 9th grade is acceptable). High school students must bring a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school staff member. Those 18 years of age and older will be asked to sign a consent form so that a criminal and sex offender background check may be done. Before volunteers may begin their service, volunteers will need to have a tuberculosis skin test done. During flu season, volunteers must either have the flu vaccine done or wear a mask when in the hospital where patients might be. These tests can be performed at Children's Hospital at no cost to the volunteer. Those who have had a TB test done within the past year or a flu vaccine done that season may bring a copy to us before they begin. All volunteers must attend an orientation prior to starting.

The Fall and Spring Program

The fall session runs from mid-August through December. Current volunteers will get first choice at their fall schedule then we will begin meeting with new volunteers. We usually begin scheduling interviews for the fall session in early August. Please call our office at 504-896-9486 to schedule an appointment.

The Spring session runs from early January through May. The 2014 Spring session is now closed.

Summer Volunteer Program

THE SUMMER PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED (HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS AS WELL AS ADULTS). PLEASE EMAIL MJOFFRAY@CHNOLA.ORG TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST. INCLUDE YOUR NAME, A NUMBER WHERE YOU CAN BE REACHED, YOUR SCHOOL AND CLASS GRADE IN THE FALL IF APPLICABLE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US. SOMEONE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THERE ARE ANY OPENINGS FOR THE SUMMER BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER IN THE FALL, PLEASE CALL US IN EARLY AUGUST OR CHECK BACK AT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Children's Hospital is fortunate to have the assistance of many volunteers over the summer, but these positions fill up quickly! The summer is divided into two, four-week or five-week sessions. Volunteers can sign up for one or both sessions.

High school students who are applying for the summer program should print the Volunteer Application and send it along with their recommendation letter, to:
 
Children's Hospital
Volunteer Services
200 Henry Clay Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
ATTN: Mary Ann Joffray

The deadline for a high school student to submit a volunteer application is March 15.
 
The first summer a high school student volunteers at the hospital, they will be placed in a non-patient environment (doing clerical or office work). If they return, either during the school year or the following summer, they may have the opportunity to be placed in areas with patient contact. High school students may volunteer for one or both of the summer sessions and must commit to working either Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday, whole or half days. This commitment must be met before a letter will be written or school form signed.
 
College Students and Adults who are applying for the summer program should print out and complete a Volunteer Application then contact the Volunteer Services Department at (504) 896-9486 to set up an appointment for an interview. We will start scheduling appointments on March 5th. Please bring the application with you when you come for your interview. There is no need to mail, fax or email the application in advance.

Basic Questions and Answers

Do I need special skills to be a volunteer?
No, all you really need is a desire to help others and a willingness to learn.

Do volunteers have to work a minimum number of hours?
Yes, Children's Hospital requires volunteers to commit to a minimum of 50 volunteer hours, which can be done throughout the year. Volunteers can work as little as 3 hours a week. In the summer, volunteers must commit to at least one summer session (it is okay if the total hours are less than 50). No letters of recommendation or confirmation of hours will be given until this commitment has been met.

For more information, please contact the Children's Hospital Volunteer Services Department at (504) 896-9486 or e-mail Mary Ann Joffray at mjoffray@chnola.org

Forms to download:

The Guild

Before Children's Hospital opened its doors in 1955, the Children's Hospital Guild was officially formed. The Guild is credited with paving the way to make Children's Hospital a reality. Founding Guild members raised the funds and helped to secure the necessary community support and the land for Children's Hospital.

Today, The Guild is among the hospital's most treasured friends and supporters, with a membership of more than 300 men and women. Members participate in a variety of volunteer activities that all contribute to helping the hospital continue to provide exemplary healthcare to its young patients.

To become a member of The Guild, please download the form and mail with payment to Children's Hospital, Attn: Public Affairs, 200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118. If you have any questions, please contact Public Affairs at (504) 896-9373. Guild Membership Form ( .pdf format)


 

   

 

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