Teen Volunteering

Who: Teens must be 15 and in high school by July 1.

What: Typically, teen volunteers provide service in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling Clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms, Close to Home centers, and in office settings. Most assignments will be supporting families, patients and staff.  Teens continuing in the Nationwide Children's volunteer program will have the opportunity to train on patient units.

When: Assignments/shifts will be same day/same time each week, typically 2-3 hours in length.

Where: Primarily at the main campus; however, there are some opportunities at the Close to Home locations.

Cost: Volunteer polo shirt is $23, plus tax. Volunteens also are required to wear khaki pants or knee-length skirt and closed-toe shoes

If I apply, am I automatically accepted?
The teen program continues to grow each year! We try as best as we can to match as many teens with volunteer positions as possible, but due to the high number of applicants, it is not be possible to find a match for everyone. Opportunities on weekends are limited.

Application Process

The 2018-19 application for our Teen School Year Program is now closed. The 2019-20 application will open in May 2019.

We onboard new teen volunteers once a year.  The application will close once capacity is reached.  Teens can expect to begin volunteering at the beginning of September.

The application process includes:

  • Complete the online application in May
  • References —Electronic form submitted by those non-family members you select
  • Information and interview session- Attend with a parent in July to learn more about the overall volunteer program and specific information about available volunteer openings
  • Submit vaccination record and TB skin test completed by a personal health provider to our Employee Health Department
  • Orientation- Attend in August for an introduction to hospital policies
  • Attend an assignment specific training and begin volunteering in September 

Volunteer Assignments

Teens who are new to the program are placed in areas where they have support of a staff member.  You will receive more information at the Interview Session.  Here are descriptions of some of the areas where we need teen volunteers.  Please make sure you can see yourself fitting into a role such as this.  Days/times of assignments will vary.

Alliance Data Sibling Clubhouse

Clubhouse volunteers work under the direct supervision of a staff member to play with children ages 3-12 who are brothers and sisters of patients.  This area is not a day care space but rather a special support area that targets interventions to address the needs of siblings who have an ill or injured brother or sister. The Clubhouse is a very busy area and we rely on volunteers who are energetic, reliable, and who love to play with younger children!   Good attendance is extremely important.

Information Desk

Volunteers at the Information Desk assist staff members in a very busy environment. Volunteers assist with answering phones, providing directions, making deliveries, completing sibling health screenings, and processing donations.  Information Desk volunteers should have good communication skills and enjoy working with the public.

Close to Home Centers (Dublin, East Broad, Westerville, Canal Winchester, Hilliard and Clintonville)

Most Close to Homes have volunteer assignments in Urgent Care and in Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy.  Urgent Care volunteers support staff by interacting with children in the waiting area, escorting patients back to rooms, keeping rooms and toys clean, and assisting staff with other needed duties.  OT/PT volunteers assist staff with keeping equipment clean, making copies, and preparing for patients.  Volunteers can also spend time observing therapies, which may be beneficial for students interested in pursuing a career in OT or PT.  Please note: Assignments at the Dublin Close to Home are extremely limited.  Please do not apply if this is the only site you are able to volunteer. Staff want volunteers who are interested in the assignment, not just the location.

Art Cart

Deliver arts and crafts supplies to patients and assist with projects as requested.

Family Resource Center

Provide hospitality and supportive services for family members and staff in new educational, fitness and resource area.

Gift Shop

Provide a service of convenience to employees, patients and visitors. Volunteer clerk assists Gift Shop staff with daily routine, while representing the hospital in a positive way.

Patient Transport

Assist with wagon/wheelchair collection and cleaning as well as patient discharges.

Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them. We encourage teen applicants and Volunteens to take the initiative to communicate with us!

If I am accepted, then what?

You will receive an email communication with next steps.

What are you looking for in a Volunteen?

Our teen volunteers must be interested and enthusiastic about what they are doing. It is important to be independent and comfortable talking to children and adults. There are many rules regarding infection control, confidentiality, and interacting with children and families—it is important to pay attention to this information and follow these regulations. Hospital staff expects a teen volunteer to follow directions and demonstrate maturity and respect.

When would I volunteer?

Our volunteers are given an assignment on the same day and same time each week, for example, Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. Typically, volunteers are here 2-3 hours each week.

How about volunteering at a Close To Home location?

Most of the available assignments are on the main hospital campus. We do have a few assignments at the Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard, Clintonville, Canal Winchester or East Broad Close To Homes. We look for applicants who are interested in the assignment, not just the location.

What are the uniform and dress code requirements to volunteer?

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, khaki pants (no jeans) or knee-length skirt, and closed-toe shoes. Artificial/gel nails, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not permitted.