Child Life Volunteer Opportunities
Child Life volunteers assist the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Child Life Department in a number of important ways, providing recreational play for patients, organizational support in our playrooms, and programming support within our CCTV studio.
- Volunteer candidates must be able to provide a 2-semester commitment to the Children’s Center. This means a spring/summer commitment or a spring/fall commitment if you return home for the summer months. For non-student volunteer candidates, a 6-month commitment is required.
- Volunteer candidates are required to commit to a 4-hour volunteer shift once per week.
- Volunteer opportunities are available to students who reside in the Baltimore during the summer months; these candidates must be able to provide 8 hours of volunteer service per week.
- Child Life Safety Orientation is required of all Child Life Volunteers. Three orientation times are scheduled per season and your attendance is required at one.
- A Child Life volunteer t-shirt must be worn during volunteer hours. There is a $10 charge for this shirt.
- Volunteers must present vaccination records for review, including documentation of flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.
Volunteer Onboarding Schedule
Child Life volunteer candidates are interviewed and selected on a seasonal basis. Our volunteer onboarding schedule for the upcoming semester is as follows:
- Volunteer application writing prompts due November 20th, 2023
- Child Life Volunteers will be selected by November 27th, 2023
- Volunteer safety orientations: Three options will be offered throughout December 2023
How to Apply
Please contact the Child Life Volunteer Coordinator, Virginia Gourley at [email protected] to express your interest in volunteering with the Child Life Department.
Volunteers on our inpatient units facilitate developmentally appropriate play for patients at bedside and in our designated playrooms. Play activities may include holding infants and toddlers, practicing developmental milestones with infants and toddlers (i.e. grasping objects, building towers), reading stories, playing board games, facilitating arts and crafts, and assisting with homework.
Volunteers in our outpatient clinics facilitate developmentally appropriate play in clinic waiting areas when patients and families arrive. Volunteers help children to feel more comfortable and relaxed by engaging them in books, board games, card games, arts and crafts activities, and imaginary play.
These volunteers help parents select reading material that may be helpful in learning about a child’s medical condition. Volunteers also visit patients on the inpatient units with the book cart. Family Resource Center volunteers assist the librarian with book processing, cataloging, and repair and maintenance of library materials.
Working with the CCTV programming team, these volunteers help to assemble craft and cooking kits, organize the prize cart for weekly BINGO, answer phones during call-in shows (such as BINGO), and support patients seated in the studio audience.
Students over 15 years of age may be eligible to volunteer in conjunction with the Summer Junior Volunteer Program organized through the Department of Volunteer Services. This program typically runs from the end of June until the second week in August. Applications are available from the Department of Volunteer Services in January. Availability is limited. Please contact the Department of Volunteer Services at 410-955-5924 for more information.