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Opportunities at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

Applications for 2019 Junior Volunteer Program are no longer being accepted.  Look for applications for 2020 Summer Junior Volunteer Program in March 2020.

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, volunteers work with pediatric patients and their family members. While you may have occasional interaction with the care team, you are not likely to have frequent interaction with doctors, nurses or other clinical staff. 

We have many different volunteer roles throughout the Hospital, most of which focus on small, non-clinical things we can do to make someone’s visit less stressful and a little bit easier.

The list below reflects all areas where volunteers may be placed. Please note that there might not be openings in your preferred area at the time that you apply.

Care Partners (Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant and Hematology/Oncology)

Provide non-medical support to pediatric patients and families here for a bone marrow transplant or hematology/oncology treatment.

In the Journey Clinic, volunteers provide supervised art and craft projects to young patients and siblings as well as one-on-one interactions with patients receiving infusions in the clinic. 

On the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, volunteers provide short breaks for caregivers by playing games, doing crafts, watching videos, reading books and sitting with patients at the bedside.  Unit volunteers must be 21 yrs. or older.

Go to www.Childrenscancer.org/carepartners  for a link to the application.

C.H.I.L.D. – Daycare
Assist in our daycare center with infants and toddlers. Play with children and participate in group activities. These are not hospitalized children.

Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
Assist staff with inpatients ages 6-18 in a variety of activities. (Must be 21 or older.)

Guest Services Volunteer
Be the first person that guests encounter as they enter the hospital. Create a welcoming environment. Answer questions and assist guests to their destinations.

Integrative Therapies (East Bank and West Bank)      

Interact with patients and families while doing Healing Touch, Reiki, massage therapy, etc. You must be licensed/certified in these therapies.

Kyle Rudolph's End Zone

Assist Certified Child Life Specialists and Associates in engaging with patients and their family members in various activities in the End Zone such as arts and crafts, video games, and the sports simulator. Learn more.

‘M’ Technique (Hand Massage) (East and West Bank campuses)
Visit with patients and offer a relaxation technique for hands. It is similar to a hand massage. Training provided.

Pediatric Clinics\Departments
Provide diversion to patients and siblings during appointments.

Pediatric Family Resource Center (FRC)
Distribute reading materials to pediatric patients and their families. Assist patients and families in the resource center with finding desired information, resources and leisure reading materials. Assist with special events and projects taking place in the FRC.

Pediatric Tutor
Assist pediatric patients providing an opportunity to enjoy school and remain on pace with their academics during their hospitalization.  

Pediatric Unit Volunteer

Work one-on-one with patients and families at the bedside. Lead playroom activities for patients and siblings.  Opportunities for advancement are available for volunteers who complete time commitment and meet program requirements.

Pet Visitation
Provide pet visits to patients. Pets must be certified therapy animals.

Other Fairview-Sponsored Volunteer Opportunities

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