Volunteering at Presbyterian/St. Luke's and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Due to COVID 19, Volunteer Services will not be taking on any new adult or teen volunteers in 2020. We hope to resume Volunteer Orientations in 2021. Mini Medical is also canceled for the remainder of the year. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
We brighten patient’s days. Our volunteers come from every walk of life. They are teens exploring medical careers, young adults attending medical school, retired nurses, former patients, empty nesters and retirees who just want to give back.
Whether you enjoy working with people or paper, being seated or active, there are many ways you can help.
- Support a Hospital Unit
Would you like to help our medical team care for patients? This is a great way to learn about the inner-workings of hospital units. Provide clerical support, maintain patient access, answer phones/call lights, go on comfort rounds, re-stock and turn over rooms. So go ahead, dip your toe into the medical world and see if a medical career may be for you.
- Work Behind the Scenes
Would you prefer to work with paper more than people? The need for administrative support is plentiful from Quality Control to Human Resources and even the Pharmacy – you can provide support needed to help busy staff better care for patients.
- Support Patients and Families
Would you like to be more hands on with patients and their families? Your kindness can make a difference. From pet visitation to cuddling babies and being a friend to pediatric patients, your encouraging support can provide a much needed respite moment from an otherwise long day.
Volunteer Application Process
Ready to volunteer? Here are a few more things to consider...
Our adult and teen volunteers are a vital part of our patient care team. Therefore, we ask for a minimum commitment of 9 months to a year and a weekly shift of 3-4 hours. Shifts are available on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate short term requests including shadowing of medical professionals or service projects due to the cost and time needed to move a volunteer through the application process.
Some things you may want to consider as you prepare to volunteer:
- Know what you want to get out of volunteering
- Be sure that your volunteer commitment fits into your schedule and lifestyle
- Think about your skills, interests and life experiences and how they could be useful in a volunteer setting
Understand the Application Process
To ensure patient safety, volunteers need to complete the following during the on-boarding process: Submit an adult or high school student volunteer application, clear a background check, and provide proof of the following immunizations: varicella, MMR, Tdap, current TB skin test and flu shot during flu season. Additionally, high school students need to provide a copy of their social security card and sign a teen contract.
Completing an online application is the first step to starting the volunteer process. Application links will go active 6 weeks prior to Volunteer Orientation dates. We will not be holding any orientations in 2020, but plan on resuming in 2021.
Hospital Assignments and Training
Volunteers will receive a placement interview by phone call prior to orientation. Dependent on an individual’s schedule, skills and the hospital’s needs, not every volunteer may be assigned. Training in your assignment occurs following orientation.
High School Volunteer Program (ages 15 through high school seniors)
Teens make our hospital a brighter place and are welcome to volunteer in any of our teen-friendly roles. To volunteer, teens must show proof of a 3.0 or better GPA and have a recommendation letter from a teacher, coach or other advisor. Students who are committed to serving on a regular basis and have successfully completed 6 months may be eligible to serve in additional areas throughout the hospital.
High school volunteers who want to grow their leadership skills are encouraged to apply to our Teen Leaders Program. Teens will participate in leadership training prior to beginning weekly volunteer shifts at the hospital entrance or Ronald McDonald House. After successful completion of the program, teens are eligible to volunteer in many different areas of the hospital. Graduating teens earn college scholarships and a recommendation letter for college.
We anticipate resuming the Teen Leader program in September, 2021. Teens may apply to be considered for this program beginning in June, 2021.
- Teen Leader Volunteer Application (ages 15 to High School Senior)
Learn about medical careers in this one-day hands-on event.
The Mini Medical University is a one-of-a-kind experience for high school students interested in learning more about careers in medicine. This action packed hands-on educational program focuses on experiential activities as well as direct interactions with physicians and staff. Current high school volunteers and teen leaders attend for free. This event fills up fast so register early.
Mini Medical University will return in 2021. We will post dates in January 2021 so students can plan to attend.