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There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available to adults and students over the age of 16 at our hospital. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, and the specific requirements of the programs we offer, we are unable to place every applicant. For weekly placements, all volunteers, including students, must commit to a two-hour weekly shift for a minimum of one year total hours. Child Life and Playrooms Volunteers work one on one with children in the atrium or at bedside providing companionship and play opportunities for our patients ages 0 to Placements are available a.
Monday through Friday. Courtesy Cart The Courtesy Cart goes door to door offering coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to parents in the hospital.
This placement is available in two-hour shifts every morning. Volunteer involvement is critical for the physical and emotional development of these babies. Parents cannot always be present to provide the constant touch and interaction necessary for these babies to thrive. Placements are available in two to three hour shifts daily from a. Unit-based Placements Unit-based volunteers are placed on inpatient units to support staff to interact with children as well as support the clinical staff with responsibilities, such as:.
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This cart carries new books and toys to all of the children in the hospital each week. Each child is given the opportunity to "shop" for that something special on the cart that will hopefully make their stay more tolerable. The children look forward each week to the Happy Wheels cart coming around and stopping by their room.
Volunteers are rewarded by bright smiles, and happy faces as the children choose their gift. No one wants to miss out on the Happy Wheels cart. What a difference a Thursday can make! Outpatient Oncology Clinic Volunteers serve in the oncology clinic playroom providing one-on-one and group activities for the children who visit the clinic. This is very similar to the atrium placement. Short-term volunteer opportunities are deed for people who may not have the ability to commit to a weekly placement. Our short-term volunteer opportunities include:.
Family Meals Through the Family Meals Program we serve meals to families who are staying at the hospital with their children or are commuting daily. This program meets a couple of needs:. The program has grown tremendously since its inception — from a group serving one Saturday morning a month to many groups serving meals as often as three days a week. Heart Health The Heart Health program supports children and adolescents ages 2 to 21who enroll in the family-oriented educational program to learn tools to prevent cardiovascular health problems by making better choices and living healthier lives.
For more information, please contact Janet Carter via or Due to the sensitive nature of our patient population, all donations must come from a pet free and smoke-free environment. All donations must be NEW materials and freshly laundered before donating.
Learn more about our donation guidelines including items on our wish list. Ryan's Case for Smiles Ryan's Cases for Smiles started when Cindy Kerr's son was diagnosed with cancer in and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face. He loved it and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Local volunteers have ed the effort to provide pillowcases for our young patients. If you would like to get involved, the pattern can be downloaded from the Ryan's Cases for Smiles website.
Scrub Hats Similar to child-friendly pillowcases, we offer a variety of fun, friendly scrub hats for children preparing for surgery or undergoing a Video EEG test. Therapy Dolls The Child Life Department has expressed an urgent need for homemade, blank therapy dolls. Patients are often apprehensive about what to expect during their hospital stay and are encouraged to decorate and personalize their dolls as a part of their treatment process.
Not only can these dolls be used to help develop a friendly, open rapport between children and hospital staff through play and activities, but they are also useful tools in preparing children for their treatments.
If you are interested in creating therapy dolls, please follow these instructions and use this pattern. We love donations of hats and blankets for preemies and full term babies and get more of these than anything else. If you are thinking about making hats or blankets, please see if there are any other projects you may be interested in. Craft Donations We have talented craftspeople who have time to give, but do not have the means to purchase supplies to do so. Any donations of fabric, yarn, or stuffing is greatly appreciated and will be distributed to people wishing to complete projects.
For More Information on any of the opportunities listed, please contact The Volunteer Office fullerme musc. Home About Us Volunteer. Weekly Placements For weekly placements, all volunteers, including students, must commit to a two-hour weekly shift for a minimum of one year total hours.
Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities Short-term volunteer opportunities are deed for people who may not have the ability to commit to a weekly placement. Our short-term volunteer opportunities include: Family Meals Through the Family Meals Program we serve meals to families who are staying at the hospital with their children or are commuting daily.
This program meets a couple of needs: It minimizes the financial impact of hospitalization on the family. Offers members of our community the opportunity to be involved without having to go through the formal volunteer process which normally takes 4 to 5 weeks.Need a cuddle buddy on Charleston South Carolina morn
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