Welcome to the Department of Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Services Department at Texas Children's Hospital is committed to maintaining an active program of support, compassion and quality service for the community of children and families we serve, as well as the staff of Texas Children's Hospital, while providing meaningful and challenging opportunities for those who volunteer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an age requirement?
    Must be between at least 15 or be 18 and have graduated High School.
  • What is the time commitment?
    • You are able to commit to 3-4 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.
    • Volunteering is a serious and professional commitment.
    • The onboarding process takes 3-4 weeks after the interview.
    • Once your process is completed, you would need to be available to start immediately.
  • What are the Health Requirements?
    • COVID Vaccine, COVID Booster, TB Skin test, Tdap, MMR and Varicella.
    • Texas Children's, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, has standard masking regulations in place which are subject to change. The Volunteer Services team will provide you with the most up to date masking guidelines.
    • Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control when eligible, is required for all employees and volunteers.
  • What are the expectations of becoming a volunteer?
    • Volunteers are selected based on the current needs of the hospital along with the volunteers availability, interests and skill sets. Not all applicants will be selected at this time.
    • As a volunteer at Texas Children's you may interact with a patient with complex medical needs, and adapt to the needs of the patient, family and staff.
    • Many of our placements are designed to be solo assignments, you should be comfortable working with minimal supervision.
    • As a volunteer it is not appropriate to build relationships with patients and families that will continue outside of the hospital, doing so may result in being removed from the volunteer program.
    • As a volutneer it is not appropriate to share your own personal experiences or medical history with our patients and families.
    • Volunteering is not the path to employment at TCH.
    • Volunteer services does not provide clinical experience or opportunities to shadow with a healthcare professional.
    • As a volunteer you are comfortable bringing concerns to your supervisor.