Adult Volunteer Program

Those who are 18 and over and are not enrolled in college can apply to the following volunteer programs at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Volunteer opportunities for adults

Arts & Crafts

This volunteer role leads arts and crafts activities in an outpatient setting.

Child Life

Volunteers in this role will provide support and comfort to patients and families through interactive play. This role will allow volunteers to interact with patients in playrooms and/or at the patient’s bedside.

Connelly Resource Center

Volunteers in the Connelly Resource Center promote learning and reading activities to support patients, parents, caretakers, siblings and other family members.

Galaxy 51 Television Network

Help patients to participate in CHOP’s television studio programs by assisting with show promotion, bedside call-ins, on-air show interaction and live studio audience coordination during celebrity guest visits.

Outpatient Services Volunteer

Support patients, families and staff through appropriate diversional activities and other tasks contributing to the comfort of patients and families while waiting for appointments in the outpatient setting. This is a weekday volunteer commitment.

Reach Out and Read

Offer to engage children of all ages with books and reading aloud in an outpatient waiting room at a primary care doctor's office. Volunteer readers also help restock shelves with books.

School Program

Volunteers in this role work with certified teachers throughout the hospital to deliver school services to patients at CHOP.

Volunteer requirements and application process

Commitment requirements

The Volunteer Services Department at CHOP requires that candidates interested in volunteering commit to 100 hours of service. The minimum a volunteer can provide service hours through a regular volunteer placement is once a week for a period of 3 hours.

Application process

Applicants will have to complete all of the following before volunteering at CHOP.

  1. Complete a volunteer application
  2. Attend an information session
  3. Successfully complete an interview
  4. Submit background checks: FBI Fingerprint Check, PA Child Abuse Clearance, PA Criminal Record Check
  5. Complete a medical clearance: Immunization record (PDF), Tdap vaccination proof, 2-Step PPD, flu shot (as required per flu shot season)
  6. Attend a patient care orientation 

The screening process at CHOP may take 6 to 8 weeks depending on how fast clearances are sent to the Volunteer Services Department. Going through part or all of the screening process does not guarantee a volunteer placement. All volunteer placements are filled according to current hospital needs and the volunteer’s time commitment.