Welcome to our Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

You must be 16 years of age to volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

What is the time commitment to be a volunteer?

Volunteers agree to come in once a week for a three to four hour shift and commit to volunteer on the same day and shift each week. Adult volunteers agree to make of commitment of continuing to volunteer for at least six months. High School volunteers agree to make a commitment of continuing to volunteer for an entire semester. (For example:  September – January or February – June)

How long does the volunteer on-boarding process take?

On-boarding can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.  This depends upon your availability and how quickly you are able to complete the application packet and health assessment process.  Additionally, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our patients through a thorough screening process.

I have to complete a service project/service hours for school. Can I do that at St. Mary’s?

Students will be accepted for service projects or service hour volunteering on a case by case basis.  This will depend on the current needs of St, Mary’s at the time you contact us.  Please plan ahead so you will have time to meet your deadline or due date.

Can I volunteer just for the summer?

Yes, we accept students ages 16 and above for select summer placement for June, July and August.  Be sure to check this webpage in January for information about the upcoming summer program.

Is there a cost or fee to volunteer?

Volunteers will receive parking, training and a volunteer uniform at no cost.

Can I shadow a nurse or doctor as a volunteer?

No, we do not offer shadowing or clinical experience through the volunteer office.

I really only want to hold and rock babies. Is there a program like that?

St. Mary’s has residents of all ages in all of our care areas. Many volunteer positions include patient contact either in groups or one-on-one. We have limited opportunities for experienced St. Mary’s volunteers in our Nursery.

My schedule seems to change regularly. Can I change my shift schedule?

Volunteers are assigned to shifts the same day and time of day each week. Changes can be made periodically (i.e. you had a job change or a change in your school schedule) However, frequent and/or weekly changes are not available.

Can I volunteer more than once a week, in more than one place?

When a volunteer first starts their service, we typically assign them to one shift. Additional shifts can be added as you get comfortable with your current volunteer position and know your way around the Hospital.

Can I take vacations while volunteering?

Volunteers take vacations just like staff! You would inform your immediate supervisor of any time away, much like at your job. If you will be gone more than 30 days you will need to return your badge and uniform, and they will be given back to you when you return.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact volunteer@stmaryskids.org