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Child Life Volunteer Opportunities

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Child Life Volunteer Program Temporarily Suspended

At this time, the Child Life Volunteer Program continues to be suspended. This decision is necessary in order to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE), protect our patients and care providers, and follow The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s COVID-19 visitor guidelines. Limiting the number of people inside our medical buildings increases the likelihood our patients, doctors, and care providers stay safe and well.

We cannot predict exactly how long the Child Life Volunteer Program will be suspended. Please check this website periodically for the latest updates. You’re welcome to reach out to Child Life Volunteer Coordinator Crissie Traugott should you have any questions: ctraugo1@jhmi.edu.

Volunteers help provide typical play activities to children visiting Johns Hopkins Children’s Center on the inpatient units and outpatient clinics. Opportunities are available only Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers find it to be a rewarding experience and see the value in playing with children and adolescents. The patients and families look forward to the Child Life volunteer’s weekly visits.

Child Life accepts volunteers on a rolling basis throughout the year, with the exception of the college student summer volunteer program, which requires screening and orientation to be completed in advance. Please see the requirements below.

Volunteers must:

  • Be over the age of 18 years old, with the exception of a limited high school summer volunteer program
  • Commit to a regular schedule of four hours per week for at least a total of 75 hours

How to Apply

Volunteer Positions

Inpatient Volunteer: Volunteers on the inpatient unit assist in the play area or at a child’s bedside by encouraging activities between children and families with the use of play and recreational activities. These activities may include holding infants and toddlers; working on developmental milestones with infants and toddlers such as putting things in and dumping them out; learning to sit or stand; reading stories; playing board games; facilitating arts and crafts activities; or assisting with homework. 

Outpatient Volunteer: Volunteers in the outpatient clinics assist with play activities in the waiting area with children, adolescents and parents while they are waiting to see the doctor. Volunteers in these clinics help children become more comfortable and relaxed through such activities as reading stories; playing board or video games; facilitating arts and crafts activities; building with blocks; or playing with dolls.

Family Resource Center Volunteer: These volunteers help parents and children in the library select reading material and find resources that may be helpful in learning about a child’s medical condition. Volunteers also visit patients on the inpatient units with the book cart. A Family Resource Center volunteer also assists the librarian with book processing, cataloging, repair and maintenance of the library materials.

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television System) Volunteer: Working with the CCTV program, these volunteers assemble craft or cooking kits, organize the prize cart for weekly BINGO, facilitate the phones during call-in shows (such as BINGO) and help patients in the “studio audience” with the activity.

High School Volunteers: 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.​

Group Visits and Entertainment

Under normal circumstances, we welcome individuals and groups to apply to visit the hospital, including college groups, community organizations, performers, athletes and others. For more information about our current visitor guidelines, please reach out to childlifespecialprograms@jhmi.edu.

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