Volunteer

Due to an overwhelming response for volunteer opportunities, we are unable accept adult volunteer applications at this time. 

We will begin accepting new applications for the fall session in July of 2018 for adult volunteers. Please be aware that we require volunteers to commit to one three-hour shift a week for a minimum of 30 hours a semester and complete 60 total hours over a six-month period. Please return to the website to submit your application after in July 2018, should you be interested in volunteering and are able to fulfill the time obligations.

If you are applying for a position in our teen, Junior Ambassador Program, the deadline to submit your application is March 5, 2018. 

Junior Ambassador Application
Please fill out your Junior Ambassador Application and send to chvolunteers@lcmchealth.org or mail to
Children's Hospital 
Lee Myers
Director of Volunteers
200 Henry Clay Ave. 
New Orleans, LA 70118

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Evening appointments are available by special request.

Office Phone: (504) 896-9486
Office Fax: (504) 896-3934
E-mail: chvolunteers@lcmchealth.org

Volunteering at Children's Hospital

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

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age when applying (current volunteers will follow the previous guidelines). High school students will need to supply 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 service, volunteers must:

  1. Fill out the on-line application form and submit that application (see Forms for volunteers)
  2. Schedule and attend a three-hour volunteer orientation
  3. Following attendance at an orientation, schedule a personal interview with Volunteer Services
  4. Complete hospital required lab screenings (including seasonal flu vaccine) at no cost to the volunteer
  5. Receive any additional training

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.

The Volunteer Program
The volunteer program runs throughout the year with orientations scheduled every month. Occasionally, our program will become filled and we will not accept new applications. This is especially true for our summer program. Please check the website for updated information concerning volunteer openings.

Basic Questions and Answers

How old do I need to be a volunteer?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

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 75 hours and at least one three-hour shift a week. No letters of recommendation or confirmation of hours will be given until this commitment has been met.

What forms do I need to bring to volunteer orientation?
Please have your background authorization form (for applicants 18 years and older), your volunteer contract and, for high school students, your junior contract signed by a parent/guardian as well as your letter of recommendation. Please have all of these items completed to turn in at orientation. All of these forms can be found on this webpage. 

What does it mean when the program is marked as full?
This means there is a substantial waiting list for our available volunteer opportunities. No additional applications will be entertained at this time. However, please continue to check the volunteer webpage to see if we are accepting applications.

Do you have opportunities for a group or company to volunteer?
Volunteer Services can help your group find volunteer opportunities at one of our hospital’s signature events, such as the Telethon, Boo at the Zoo and the Jazz Half Marathon and 5K. However, if you are looking to visit with the patients in our hospital, please review the visiting group policy on the Support Us page.

Can Volunteer Services help me with toy, craft or monetary donations to the hospital?
Please contact the hospital’s Development Department at (504) 896-9375 for all donations made to Children’s Hospital. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the Children's Hospital Volunteer Services Department at chvolunteers@lcmchealth.org or call us at (504) 896-9486.

Forms for volunteers:

Background Authorization
Volunteer Contract
Junior Contract

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