The Center for Family Safety and Healing Volunteer FAQ's :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Center for Family Safety and Healing Volunteer FAQ's

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As an individual, you must be 21 years old. Exceptions will be made for special group projects.



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Please complete the online volunteer application or print and fill out the application.
Mail to:
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
655 E. Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43205 

Since The Center is an entity of Nationwide Children’s, all volunteers must follow hospital volunteer protocol. Exceptions may be made for certain special projects.



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You will receive a formal letter confirming that your application was received. After your references have been received, the Program Coordinator will set-up an appointment to meet with you. Upon completion of the interview process you will have an FBI and/or BCI background check completed. Since we work with children and families, it is important we can fully screen and assess each applicant to maintain a safe, comforting and healthy environment for the children and families we serve and to best utilize the skills of each volunteer.



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Volunteering at The Center for Family Safety and Healing may not be a perfect match for everyone. We will work with you and the Family and Volunteer Services Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to help you determine what volunteer opportunities might be a good fit for you.



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Volunteers are expected to attend the volunteer hospital training and receive a one-on-one site specific session here at The Center. Some special projects may not require this training.



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If you are helping with the Child Assessment Center, Family Support Program or Help Me Grow, you will be assisting families and children that are here for appointments. Your role is to spend time with the children while they are waiting. You may be asked to play games, blocks, Lego’s, cards, read books, play in the miniature kitchen or enjoy any of the other toys in the play area! You are helping to set the stage for the child to have a good experience during his or her appointment.    

Occasionally office assistance is needed for specific prevention programs such as filing, copying materials, organizing educational resources, etc. Assistance is needed with cleaning toys. There are also other special projects throughout the year. See the next question for more information.



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If you are interested in volunteering for The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, please visit their website to get more information and to sign-up. Please note that special event specific training is required and it is traditionally scheduled one week prior to the event.

If you are interested in helping with wrapping gifts for children at the holidays or working with a parenting group please contact our Program Coordinator at (614) 722-3278.

If you want to coordinate a toy drive, please contact our Program Coordinator at (614) 722-3278.



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With the exception of special projects, we ask that you be willing to volunteer at least twice a month for six month time periods. However, the amount of time depends on your availability and the need of volunteer opportunities at the time.



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If you are not able to work your shift, please notify the Program Coordinator at (614) 722-3278 as soon as possible in order to make alternative plans.



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Volunteers are required to wear a volunteer polo shirt, pants or skirt (knee-length or longer) and comfortable close-toed shoes. Volunteer shirts can be purchased for $20 from the hospital gift shop, volunteer shirts are not provided. Volunteers are not permitted to wear blue jeans, capris, shorts, sweatpants, mini-skirts, spandex leggings or shorts, hats, sandals, open-toed shoes, flip flops, tennis shoes or large jewelry.  Exceptions may be made for certain special projects.



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Free parking is available behind our building located at 655 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, 43205. Our parking lot is accessible from Wager Street off of East Livingston Avenue. Please ask for a token, from the front desk, each time you leave our facility. This will allow you to exit the parking area at no cost.



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We are happy to offer volunteers with a record of their service time. If you are fulfilling service hours or obtaining credit for volunteering, we ask that you let our Program Coordinator know on your application and during your interview. All acknowledgements of hours will be assessed upon acceptance as a volunteer. Please give a one-week notice and a written request to the Program Coordinator. This allows for adequate preparation of your request.



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If you are interested in volunteering in a different part of the hospital, please contact Family and Volunteer Services at (614) 722-3635.



Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000