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We are excited and want to thank you for your interest in wanting to volunteer at Miami Children's Hospital. Volunteers contribute in many ways providing comfort, care and unexpected joy to the children and families in the hospital, as well as supporting the professional staff. We are excited and want to thank you for your interest in wanting to volunteer at Miami Children's Hospital. The Volunteer Resources Department orients, interviews, trains and places all qualified who want to volunteer. We enthusiastically welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and, in most cases, at least 16 years of age to work directly with the young patients. Applicants must have good general health, be able to communicate well in English (knowledge of a second language is a plus!), and be willing to purchase a volunteer uniform. Below are the basic requirements to consider before submitting your applications.

 
Areas of Service include but are not limited to: 
 
Administrative Offices
Activity/Play/Entertainment Cart*
Bedside Buddies/Music*
Child Care Center*
Child Life*
Emergency Room Nursing*
Gift Shop
Hospitality/Coffee Cart
Information Desk
Medical Offices
Outpatient Centers*
Pharmacy
Playroom*
Radiology
Rehabilitation Services
 
* Patient Area placements are available at the discretion of the Volunteer Resources Staff after you have volunteered 6 consecutive months and demonstrated your reliability and abilities. Additional Workshop is required.
 
COMMITMENT & REQUIREMENTS
  1. Must provide a Social Security number to be processed as a volunteer (ADULT/COLLEGE ONLY)

  2. Must make an agreement to commit in their assigned areas under one of the following commitment categories:

    • Summer Commitment
      • For teens and non-local COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY, not available to local college students
      • Non-Patient and Limited Patient Areas
      • Volunteer 2 times a week in a three hour shift
      • 2 Absences allowed during the full summer commitment period
      • Begins the week after school ends, thru the last week before school begins
      • Application must be received by March 31, to be eligible for the Summer Program
    • Full Academic Year Commitment
      • For teens
      • Non-Patient and Limited Patient Areas
      • Volunteer weekly in a three hour shift
      • 2 Absences allowed in a 3 month period of time
      • Begins in September through the end of the school year in May/June
      • Application must be received by August 15, to be eligible for the Academic Year Commitment
    • Six-Month Minimum Commitment
      • For adults and college students
      • Volunteer weekly in a three hour shift
      • 2 Absences allowed in a 3 month period of time
  1. Complete & Submit Volunteer Application found at the bottom of this page or in the forms section, with contains specific instructions on the application process. COLLEGE & TEEN Applicants must submit applications by March 31, to be eligible for the Summer Program.

    Once your application is complete, scan & email to volunteer.resources@mch.com. After your application has been received, you will be emailed a Volunteer Orientation Notice invitation. If you do not receive an email that your application was received, follow up with a phone call.

    Please note that applications must be sent in Microsoft Word or PDF format. No other file formats will be accepted.

    PROSPECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL TEEN APPLICATION PROCESS:

    The Volunteer Department runs a year long program for volunteers. Orientations for perspective new volunteers are held on a need basis. Therefore, we open the program periodically to accept new volunteers. Teen Orientations and volunteer service placements are determined by program capacity of 200 teen volunteers. Once volunteers begin, we understand commitments change at certain times of the year. At these times, we will accommodate schedules based on availability.

    We accept applications and documentations

    • August 1-15 for the Academic Year Commitment
    • March 15-31 for the Summer Commitment.

    Teen Volunteers must submit their applications along with the following:

    1. Documentation of Measles, Rubella (MMR) & Chicken Pox
    2. Most recent report cards (All academic grades must be C or better and Conduct Grades must be B or better to be eligible for the program)
    3. Copy of birth certificates or proof of age (14 years of age minimum requirement)

    NOTE:
    Due to the high level of applications we receive year round, the above dates do not guarantee an invite to attend orientation. Qualified applicants are invited on a first come basis; therefore we recommend you submit your completed application early. If we reach capacity applicants may submit for the next application period.

    1. Complete Orientations & Training provided by the Volunteer Resources Department. You will be sent an Orientation notice invitation after your application has been received. The Volunteer Orientation takes approximately two hours. Additional training is required for anyone wishing to volunteer in Patient Areas and the Child Care Center. The Patient Care Workshops takes approximately 3 hours. All other departments train on the job.

    2. A face to face interview will be scheduled after completing a Volunteer Orientation. The purpose of the interview is to help us and you become acquainted and decide if you will join our volunteer program and determine your volunteer placement and schedule. Volunteer assignments and placements are not guaranteed and are based on availability.

    3. A uniform volunteer shirt is purchased by the volunteer once accepted into the program, to be worn at all times with a Volunteer ID while volunteering.

    4. Verification of Hours are verified and signed off AFTER the minimum commitment stated above has been met.

    5. Include ALL childhood immunizations if available. College students can find records at their college/university health office.
    Further details will be provided at the volunteer Orientation.