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Children's Hospital, New Orleans



Volunteering at Children's Hospital

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Evening appointments are available by special request. 

Phone Number:

(504) 896-9486

Fax Number:

(504) 896-3934

Email:

          volunteers@chnola.org


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 beginning their service, volunteers will need to have blood work completed as well as a flu vaccine during flu season, all at no charge. All volunteers must attend an orientation, then schedule an interview prior to starting.

 
The Volunteer Program

The volunteer program runs throughout the year with orientations scheduled every month. Please click the link to the application, fill it out and then submit the application. Once we receive your application, we will then email further information to you.

Volunteer Application: https://childhospnola.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/B6KJJKQ97VB6F0TL

 
Summer Volunteer Program 

The summer program begins in early June and runs until early August. Children's Hospital is fortunate to have the assistance of many volunteers over the summer. The application process for the summer begins in late January and runs until March 18 or until all positions are filled.
 
 
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. 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.

Map to volunteer office ( .pdf)

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)