Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center!
Patient Care Volunteers
Volunteers who work with patients must meet eligibility requirements, complete required training, and demonstrate understanding of material taught in training. Patient Care Volunteers are able to volunteer in the Pediatric Specialty Hospital and/or Child’s Way.
The Pediatric Specialty Hospital, a 30-bed acute care hospital utilizes trained volunteers to assist staff in caring for children age birth to 21. Volunteer duties may include “baby holding,” rocking an infant when their family is unable to be present, reading to a young child, assisting in an arts and craft projects, therapeutic play or assisting in the completion of homework. Volunteer applicants must be willing to provide attention to children with disabilities and other special needs. Experience with children or in the education or medical fields is beneficial.
Child’s Way, a day care for medically fragile children, has volunteers who work with children age birth to age 21. Volunteer duties may include helping staff with monitoring children, supervision on playground, assisting with arts and crafts, story time and circle time. Volunteer applicants must be willing to provide attention to children with disabilities and other special needs. Experience with children or in education or medical fields is beneficial.
Steps to becoming a Patient Care Volunteer:
- Attend volunteer orientation/training (4 hour session)
- This training session is typically held in the fall and spring each year
- Fill out and submit Volunteer Application packet (obtained at training) and necessary clearances
- Once all paperwork has been submitted, work with Volunteer Coordinator to schedule volunteer shifts
- Start volunteering!
- Volunteers who will be interacting with children must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be able to make at least a one year commitment to volunteering a minimum of 4 hours per month
- Must complete ALL application materials, attend orientation and demonstrate understanding of the training materials
- Must obtain Act 33, 34, and FBI Clearances
- Must have a current TB test with negative results
- Must have two written references provided directly to the Volunteer Coordinator
- Must be capable of physically interacting with an infant or child for a minimum of 1 hour
- Must make appropriate judgments of the patient’s appearance and behavior based on visual and auditory “cues” learned in volunteer orientation and training
- Possess good health and be free of infection or recent exposure to a communicable disease
- Must be able to comprehend concepts of confidentiality, infection control, and the materials taught at Orientation
- Ultimate approval to become a volunteer is left to the discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator and/or the Program Director
If you are interested in becoming a Patient Care Volunteer, please contact Meredith Stafford or call 412.441.4884 x2044
Volunteer Night at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh
Where: 5324 Penn Avenue
When: The 2nd Thursday of February, July, and September
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (2 hours or less)
You do not need to obtain clearances or attend a volunteer training to participate in Volunteer Nights. These Volunteer Nights are also an opportunity for our younger (under the age of 18) volunteers to get involved in their communities! Please RSVP if you’re interested in attending by emailing Meredith Stafford or calling 412.441.4884 x2044.
Please try to arrive as close to 6:00 p.m. as you can.You do not have to attend every volunteer night. A staff person will greet volunteers and show you what to do. We will work until 8:00 p.m. or leave sooner if the work is complete.
Sample volunteer projects:
- Putting information packets together
- Stuffing, labeling, stamping envelopes
- Organizing and assembling blank patient charts
- Photocopying forms
- Folding letters