Volunteer Services

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 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

You may choose to volunteer directly with children or behind the scenes in the following areas and programs:

  • 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
  • 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. 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

Volunteer Applications

Traditional Volunteer


Non-Traditional Volunteer

Nontraditional volunteers include individuals seeking an opportunity to complete a practicum, internship, observership or research.

Please send completed volunteer application forms to:

Email: SCH-Volunteer@tenethealth.com (please put your name and "Adult Application" in the subject line)

Mail: Volunteer Department
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children 
160 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134


Call us at (215) 427-5398.