Volunteering for the hospital

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Search volunteer opportunities at our main Milwaukee campus hospital and in the communities we serve. We're also seeking volunteers for fundraising events. (Sign up to volunteer below).

If you are interested in volunteering at Children's Wisconsin in Neenah, WI, check out Fox Valley volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer process and applications

At Children's, part of our mission is to provide the best and safest care of our patients and families. As part of the team, volunteers commit to the following:

  • 18+ years of age
  • 6 months for one, two-hour shift weekly
  • Schedule a volunteer shift for the same day and time
  • Submit an online volunteer application
  • Approved volunteers that match our current needs attend a volunteer orientation, interview, and unit orientation prior to placement
  • Complete a background clearance process
  • Provide proof of immunity for MMR, ( measles mumps and rubella) and varicella/Chickenpox
  • Complete a two-step TB skin test (also known as Mantoux tuberculin test)
  • Annual flu vaccination
  • Annual safety and HIPAA training
  • Adhere to the code of conduct, policies, procedures, and mission of Children's Wisconsin

Applying to volunteer

The ideal volunteer placement requires some exploration on your part to make the best investment of your time. The hospital setting can be a challenging environment. As a volunteer, you must be willing to serve patients and families with integrity, accountability, and ethical behavior. We ask that you take the time to ask yourself the following questions to determine if this is a good fit:

  • I have reviewed my schedule and confirm that I can firmly commit to volunteer for two hours a week for a minimum of six months
  • I am comfortable making repeated trips to Children's Wisconsin during the orientation process to complete mandatory training, interview, and necessary medical requirements
  • I am comfortable submitting my information to complete the online background clearance process
  • I am comfortable working with children that are suffering from physical or emotional discomfort
  • I am willing to volunteer in a variety of units
  • I am willing to maintain professional boundaries with patients and families

Before proceeding, please review the statements below. If any of the statements are true, our hospital setting may not be a good fit for you:

  • I hope that my volunteer placement will lead to employment at Children's Wisconsin
  • I only want to hold / rock / cuddle babies
  • I have recently experienced the death of a loved one
  • I hope to shadow a doctor or get hands-on training by medical staff

Become a volunteer

Thank you for supporting our volunteer program at Children’s Wisconsin. We are currently accepting volunteers 18+ years of age. Please review volunteer opportunities, requirements and process to apply prior to submitting an application.