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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 Helen Villasenor by email or at 713-793-3700.

The 2019 VolunTEEN Program 

The summer VolunTEEN Program gives high school students the opportunity to experience what it is like to help in a health care environment. If you are interested in becoming a VolunTEEN, please complete an application and email it to Helen Villasenor. There will be two sessions available for the summer. Session one is from June 3 to July 12. Session two is from July 15 to August 23. The requirements to be a part of the program are as follows:

  • Applicants must be 15 years of age by June 1
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher/mentor
  • Must have up-to-date vaccinations before starting, including:
    • Hepatitis B vaccine (Series of three or positive titer) 
    • Influenza vaccine (Must have for the current flu season being October 1 to March 31)
    • MMR vaccine (Series of two or positive titers for measles, mumps and rubella) 
    • Tuberculosis (Current TB skin test or blood test. If positive you will need a current chest X-ray and TB symptom screen) 
    • TDAP (one vaccine within 10 years) 
    • Varicella (Series of two or positive titer for varicella)
  • Volunteer coordinator will review and select candidates based on their applications for the interview process. The volunteer coordinator will make final selections regarding acceptance to the program by May 24. During the interview, the applicant will learn the day-to-day duties of a hospital volunteer and what is accepted in the program. Attending an interview does not assure acceptance into the summer program
  • Commit to a session and time per application
  • Attend volunteer orientation on the first day of your session. 
  • Please do not apply if you are not able to make the commitment. Only complete applications will be accepted and considered. Applicants with incomplete applications will not be considered for the program. 
  • Teen volunteers will not shadow or participate in observation of medical staff or procedures

If you have any questions please contact Helen Villasenor by email or at 713-793-3702.