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At St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, volunteers are an important part of the special care given to our young patients and their families. St. Christopher's draws volunteers from all areas of life; many are professionals, retirees, married couples, or students. Some give only a few hours a week of their valuable time and others volunteer several days a week. Volunteers may select the work setting they desire: some may work directly with patients, while others may volunteer in a service department that supports patient care.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers may choose to work directly with patients or behind the scenes in such areas as:

  • Admissions
  • Asthma Education
  • Ambassador (Greeter)
  • Caring Clowns
  • Child Life/Play Therapy
  • Cuddling Program
  • Emergency Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Farm to Family
  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • Guest Services  
  • Information Desk
  • Maintenance Department
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Materials Management
  • Medical Records
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pet Therapy Program
  • Reach out and Read
  • Sodexho Beverage Cart
  • Storytelling
  • The Center for the Urban Child
  • Tour Guides

This is a partial listing; additional opportunities will be discussed during the interview process.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer positions are available for weekdays, evening and weekends. In order to work as a volunteer at St. Christopher's, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Complete an application and interview
  • Provide documentation of immunization records to include: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (Chickenpox), Hepatitis B, Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria), proof of completion of 2 PPD's (Tuberculosis) during the past 12 months and Influenza Vaccine during the Flu season (September through April)
  • Agree to a criminal background check, child abuse check and drug screening
  • Contribute a minimum of four hours per week (for most programs)
  • Provide references
  • Complete our Volunteer Orientation Program

For additional requirements please refer to the Information Sheet available on the link below.

Adult Volunteer Application

Traditional Volunteer


Please send completed volunteer application forms to:

Email: (please put your name and "Adult Application" in the Subject Line)
Mail: Volunteer Department
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-1095

For more information about volunteering at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, please write or call:

Volunteer Department
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134-1095
(215) 427-5398

Non-Traditional Volunteer Application

Those individuals seeking an opportunity to complete a Practicum, Internship, Observership or Research, should refer to the Non-Traditional Volunteer Packet available on the link below. You may reference the Non-Traditional Information Sheet for additional detailed information per specific requirements.

Non-Traditional Volunteer

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