Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The guiding principles of the volunteer program include providing clear expectations regarding your process and experience. Priorities also include welcoming and educating new volunteers to hospital policies and procedures. Nationwide Children's Hospital accepts adult applications on a quarterly basis. The application will only be available during the months listed below. Please note, the link will also no longer be accessible when the program reaches capacity for that month.
Adult volunteer applications are currently closed for hospital volunteering. We encourage you to considering sharing your time and talent as a Nationwide Children's Reach Out and Read volunteer. Learn more.
Who: Adults, 18 years and older and out of high school
What: Volunteers provide support to patients, families, and staff in a wide variety of roles. Some assignments have direct patient contact, others are more supportive. Assignments can include patient units, clinics, the information desk, sibling clubhouse, and in office settings.
When: Assignments will be same day/same time each week, typically 2-3 hours. Weekend and evening positions are limited.
Where: Primarily at the main campus; however, there are some limited opportunities at the Close to Home locations.
Cost: Volunteer polo shirt is $23 or vest is $23, plus tax.
Commitment: Initial commitment of 50 hours
Process: The application process includes:
Complete the online application during February, May, August and November
Reference checks—Nationwide Children's will send forms to those non-family members you select
Information session—provide you with an overall picture of the program and specific information about available volunteer openings
BCI and/or FBI Background check
General hospital orientation (available monthly)
TB blood tests, provided by Nationwide Children's
Training for specific volunteer position
Please review the FAQ's below. If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them.
Phone: (614) 722-3635
Frequently Asked Questions about being an Adult volunteer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Yes, we have a large number of college students in our volunteer ranks. Communicate with your coordinator and every effort will be made to work with your schedule. If you are a college student home for the summer, you will need to apply early in the spring to allow for our application and placement process.
Please visit the College Volunteer page for further information.
Volunteers are required to purchase and wear a uniform while volunteering. If financial hardship exists, arrangements can be made to get a uniform at no charge. In addition to the uniform polo or vest, volunteers must wear their name badge, long pants (no jeans) or knee-length skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Artificial nails, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not permitted.