Volunteering at Children's Hospital

Volunteering at Children's Hospital

While our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals work hard to provide the best in pediatric health care to this region, East Tennessee Children's Hospital's volunteers devote numerous hours of their free time to help the hospital run smoothly. These men and women work directly with patients and families in places like our NICU and gift shop, and they also manage projects and fundraisers to enrich the Children's Hospital community with their positive contributions.

Volunteer Services and Programs

East Tennessee Children's Hospital
P.O. Box 15010
Knoxville, TN 37901-5010
United States

Phone: (865) 541-8525
Office Hours:
 VolunTeen Application 

At East Tennessee Children's Hospital, we depend on our volunteers. Since the mid-1960s, the Children's Hospital Volunteers have been helping the hospital and patient families to have a more comfortable hospital experience. Individuals, organizations and business groups support Children's Hospital year-round through the donation of their time. We offer many fun and rewarding ways for you to help, and we hope you'll consider becoming a volunteer at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

Our volunteers make a difference ...

Each month, hundreds of area women and men unselfishly give a few hours of their time, love and attention to our young patients and their families. Volunteers devote many hours to managing projects and fundraisers that purchase supplies and fund services to make a child's stay in the hospital more enjoyable. As a volunteer, you can make a significant contribution to the mission of Children's Hospital - providing the very best in pediatric health care to the sick and injured children of our region.

You're just the person we've been looking for ...

There is no typical Children's Hospital volunteer. Our volunteers are varied and talented and come from different backgrounds and professions. Our volunteers include retirees, students, newcomers, stay-at-home moms, professionals, women and men of all ages. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, whatever your background or skills, we would like to talk to you about helping us at Children's Hospital.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. All summer volunteer shifts are currently filled. Please check back in August to see if we are accepting volunteer applications. Again, we thank you for your interest in helping Children's Hospital and the patients we serve.

Volunteer Qualifications

Our qualifications are simple. Volunteers must:

  • have the desire to meet new people and make new friends
  • be interested in helping others and making a difference in our world while broadening their range of skills and knowledge
  • be at least 18 years of age; if younger, check out our VolunTeen opportunities below
  • complete orientation and follow procedures
  • provide two written references
  • commit to working a four hour shift one day a week for at least six months
  • complete a criminal background check
  • complete TB screening and provide proof of MMR vaccination

Volunteers at Children's Hospital

Volunteer Opportunities

The Children's Hospital Volunteer Services and Programs Department offers many areas where you may choose to contribute your time. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts on weekdays or weekends are available in many areas. You can choose the times that best fit your schedule.

Some of the volunteer opportunities we offer at Children's Hospital include the following:

  • Arts and Crafts - Volunteers help patients and siblings with craft activities in our waiting areas.
  • Child Life - Volunteers assist the child life specialists in play and play therapy.
  • Cuddlers - Volunteers offer comfort to babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (90 hours prior volunteer service at East Tennessee Children's Hospital required).
  • Gift Shop - Volunteers provide assistance in a retail setting while interacting with patients, families, guests and staff.
  • Information Desk - The Information Desk volunteers provide general information about Children's Hospital to our guests.
  • Outpatient Clinics - Volunteers assist in clinic activities and in the clinic play areas.
  • Patient Services - Volunteers visit patient rooms to assist with menu collection and offer comfort items to families.
  • Pediatric Medical Library - The library provides resources for our staff. Volunteers assist in reshelving books and helping to maintain the library.
  • Surgery Lounge - Volunteers assist parents and family members as they wait for their children who are in surgery.

Job requirements vary by volunteer position, but the key qualities you need to volunteer at Children's Hospital are a pleasant and outgoing personality and a willingness to help. In return, you will receive a meal allowance and complimentary parking. If you are a student, you may also benefit from practical experience in a field related to your major.

VolunTeen Program

Every year, Children's Hospital accepts applications for the Summer VolunTeen Program. For more information, please call 865-541-8136. We are currently no longer accepting applications for 2017.

Eligible teens must be at least 15 years old, have transportation, be able to commit to one 2-week session (Monday through Friday either morning or afternoon) and have a heart for volunteering. The VolunTeen position is ideal for home schooled students and high school seniors who are completing a senior project.

Volunteer Scholarship

To apply for one of our Volunteer Scholarships, click here to download an application.

 Scholarship applications are accepted between February 1 and May 1, 2017.

Partnerships & Affiliations

As an advocate for children, Children's Hospital provides staff, volunteers, in-kind services and/or financial support to many community organizations whose goals are to help children, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • CoverKids
  • CureFinders
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Group
  • Dream Connection
  • Fort Sanders Perinatal Center
  • Girls on the Run
  • Hello Hospital
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Knox County Health Department
  • Knox County Schools' Partners in Education
  • Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity
  • Knoxville Area Pregnancy Prevention Initiative
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • March of Dimes
  • Montgomery Village
  • Project ADAM
  • Safe Kids of the Greater Knox Area
  • Shoney's Eating and Living Healthy
  • Smoke-Free Knoxville
  • TENNder Care Coalition
  • United Way