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Volunteers are an invaluable part of our philosophy of care, whether working behind the scenes or interacting with patients, family and staff. Every volunteer position is important and provides a genuine service to our hospital and patients. As a volunteer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa, you will discover a wealth of benefits, including:

  • An opportunity to provide support to patients and their families
  • Experience working with patients and families from diverse cultures
  • 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

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.

Here are the requirements for becoming a volunteer:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must commit to volunteer a minimum of six months
  • You must commit to a minimum of three hours per week
  • You must submit to a complete background check, including references, criminal records and child abuse history
  • You must have up-to-date vaccinations, including tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • You must take a drug and alcohol screen
  • You must attend a comprehensive orientation prior to beginning your volunteer position

If you would like to apply to become a volunteer,download the Volunteer Application. You may submit your application in the following manner:

  • Fax to 813-975-7125
  • Mail to volunteer services, c/o the hospital address on the application
  • Email
  • Drop off at the front desk reception or volunteer office at the hospital

If an appropriate volunteer position is available (view a list of volunteer job descriptions), you will be contacted for an interview and hospital tour. If no appropriate openings are available when your application is received, we will keep your application on file for three months, if requested.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the hospital, contact Maria Bataclan in the volunteer department via email or at 813-975-7159.

Volunteer program for teens

We offer a limited program that provides an opportunity for high school students ages 14-17 to volunteer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa during the summer.

Volunteen volunteer requirements:

  • Volunteens must complete an application and a student agreement form.
  • Parents must sign two consent forms for transportation and PPD skin test.
  • Students must commit to at least six weeks of volunteering.
  • Volunteens must do a single step PPD or chest X-ray for tuberculosis screening, as well as a health questionnaire annually that is provided by the employee health department.
  • Volunteens must attend a mandatory one-time orientation in early June. The agenda covers the following topics:
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Risk management
    • Confidentiality
    • Occurrence reports
    • Infection control
    • HIPAA
    • Assignments
    • Dress code for teens
    • PPD tuberculosis test
    • Photos for identification badges
  • Volunteens must adhere to the same rules as regular volunteers.

To apply, please download the VoluntTEEN application and job description table.

You will be notified by mail of your application status by April. If accepted, orientation is scheduled in June and teens may volunteer until school resumes in August.

Visiting group program

Shriners Hospitals for Children allows outside visiting groups to volunteer with patients in the outpatient clinic waiting area. We can take groups with up to five volunteers. You will be required to provide a structured activity (arts and crafts) for the patients and siblings. You may have as few as one child participate or up to 10, so please plan accordingly.

Our patients embody a wide variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. We ask that you keep this in mind when planning your program and ask that no religious doctrines be promoted during your visit.

If your group would be interested please contact Tara Paustian via email or call 813-972-2250 ext. 7326 to check for availability.