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Volunteers are an invaluable part of our philosophy of care, whether working behind the scenes or interacting with patients, families and staff. Every volunteer position is important and provides a genuine service to our hospital and patients. Volunteer placement is based on the needs of the hospital, the kind of work you wish to do and the times you are available. We work hard to match your interests and talents with the needs of the hospital so that you will have a meaningful volunteer experience.

Volunteer requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Volunteer must commit to volunteering once a week for a minimum of 3 consecutive hours
  • Submit to a complete background check
  • Must have up-to-date vaccinations, including tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Mandatory drug test
  • Attend a comprehensive orientation prior to volunteer start date

After submitting your application, you will be contacted for an interview if an appropriate volunteer position is available.

We encourage all potential volunteers to commit to the time and dedication needed to make the volunteer experience rewarding to both you, the volunteer, and the patients, families and staff.

Volunteer opportunities are available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Volunteer opportunities and responsibilities

Departments needing volunteers include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Clinic
  • Motion analysis
  • Welcome desk
  • Inpatient administration
  • Development
  • Public relations

Examples of volunteer duties:

  • Office duties: filing, shredding, organizing, phone reception, copier, mailing, basic computer work
  • Running the hospital gift shop
  • Assist in escorting patients and families to different departments
  • Assist in various departmental needs

Apply to volunteer

If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer, please download and complete our Volunteer Application form. Applications may be completed legibly by hand and mailed or emailed.

If an appropriate volunteer position is available, you will be contacted for a brief interview and to schedule the required drug screening.

If you have questions about volunteering at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston, please contact Jason Hinestroza by email or at 713-793-3702.

Apply for the 2018 VolunTEEN Program

The VolunTEEN program is underway! Teenagers who meet the requirements below are encouraged to volunteer during the summer at our hospital.

Please send all completed applications and requested information to Jason Hinestroza.


  • Age range: 15 - 17 years of age must be met by the start of the program, no exceptions.
  • A reference/referral letter from a teacher, guidance counselor, clergy or someone other than a family member.
  • Applicant must provide a written paragraph stating why they want to volunteer and what it means to them.
  • Parent/guardian must give permission for participation in the program and sign all forms.
  • TB test and immunizations required.
  • All VolunTEENs chosen must attend orientation.
  • Placement in a specific hospital department is not guaranteed and will be based on department needs and an evaluation of the applicant.
  • Program completion certificates will be mailed to those who complete the Volunteer Summer Program

Possible assignment types:

  • Delivering packages and mail to departments
  • Greeting clinic patients and helping them navigate through the hospital
  • Assisting departments with office needs

Assignments may vary depending upon department and scheduled time of VolunTEEN. 

We are no longer accepting applications for the summer VolunTEEN Program and regular volunteering applications will be accepted again on August 10, 2018.

Second Session: July 9 – August 10, 2018

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

1 p.m.–5 p.m.

3 p.m.–7 p.m.

If you are interested in being a VolunTeen, please complete an application.

Please contact Jason Hinestroza at 713-793-3702, or by email if you have any questions. 

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