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Get Involved to Support Children

Opportunities at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, volunteers work with pediatric patients and care teams. 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.

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.)

Emergency Department (ED)
Support ED staff by helping patients being seen in the ED; run errands, help with equipment, etc. (Must be 21 or older.)

Guest Services Volunteer
Be the first person that guests encounter as they enter the hospital. Create a welcoming environment. Assist guests and Information Desk staff with room numbers, ID badges, etc. Answer questions and assist guests to their destinations.

Pediatric Clinics
Lead activities and read to children in busy pediatric clinic waiting room.

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 Unit Volunteer
Work one-on-one with patients and families at the bedside. Lead playroom activities for patients and siblings.

Project Read
Read to children waiting for their clinic appointments.

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

Special Events Assistant
Assist staff at special events designed to provide diversion and entertainment for patients and families.

Surgery Family Lounge
Help families while their loved one is having surgery. Keep families informed during procedures, get updates as needed. Connect family with surgeon when surgery is over. Provide information about where to eat, lodging, transportation, etc.

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