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Volunteer

Volunteer

Volunteer

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, individuals from all walks of life share their time and talents to enrich the lives of others. Whether working directly with patients, in an office setting or at events, volunteers support the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital in its mission to provide the highest quality of care to children with orthopaedic conditions. 

As a volunteer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, you will discover a wealth of benefits, including:

  • An opportunity to assist the hospital’s efficiency, helping to ensure more resources for patient care and programs
  • Experience working with kids and families
  • Working in an environment that fosters creativity and independence
  • Exposure to a unique health care environment
  • A sense of satisfaction that comes from giving of yourself to others

Requirements

Individuals 16 years of age and older may apply to become a hospital volunteer, which includes a commitment to serve 75 hours (50 for students). The volunteer services department reviews all applications to match skills and availability with hospital needs. Applicants are required to take a two-part TB test and get a flu shot, both of which are covered by the hospital. Vaccination records are required to show proof of immunization against mumps and pertussis (MMR and TDAP) and chicken pox. The screening process also includes a background check and drug test. 

Volunteer placement 

Volunteer placement is based on the needs of our 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 opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reception desk – greeting and assisting visitors at the front lobby, answering phones (long-term commitment)
  • Greeters – greeting/assisting incoming patients and families and assisting with preliminary registration
  • Pet therapy – Sometimes a friendly, cuddly animal offers comfort and support like no human can. Pet therapy volunteers must complete all individual hospital volunteer requirements and their pet must be a member of a formal therapy animal program such as Intermountain Therapy Animals.
  • Child life (for child life students only) 
  • Inpatient nursing department – primarily clerical work
  • The hospital's Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – West, LLC department (orthotic and prosthetic laboratory) (orthotic and prosthetic students only)
  • Interpreters – assist the staff with interpretation, primarily Spanish
  • Hospital vehicle drivers (long-term commitment) 
  • Security desk – early evening assistance to security staff
  • Clerical support
  • Sewing
  • Recreational therapy – assisting the department and providing activities for patients and families
  • Performance groups at specified dates and times during the holiday season 

The hospital volunteer experience begins with the application process. Contact the volunteer office at 801-536-3711 or by email.

Community participation

  • Special events: Service clubs, business volunteers and other organizations are invited to support Shriners Hospitals for Children by participating in special events and fundraising activities. To learn more, visit our Fundraising events page. Volunteer needs and activities vary by event. To learn more about opportunities available, please contact our development department at 801-536-3749.
  • Eagle Scout projects: Eagle Scouts have made wonderful contributions to our care of children for years with their projects. A few project examples include making 25 fleece blankets, holding a toy drive and art projects. All Eagle Scout projects must be approved in advance. Solicitation of neighbors or businesses for monetary contributions is prohibited.  Contact the volunteer desk at 801-536-3711 about planning, organizing and approving your project.
   
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