Volunteering

Are you interested in working with hospitalized children?

Child Life is looking for individuals to lead activity groups and work bedside with patients! 

We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to come in at least three hours a week for the entire semester. If you are a student, we are looking for a multiple semester commitment.  All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Step 1 – Apply

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the application below and submit to childlife@shands.ufl.edu.  

Child Life Volunteer Application (.pdf)

Some reasons why your application would not be accepted:
  • No experience with children
  • Cannot commit to a minimum of 3 hours once a week
  • Cannot commit to 2 semesters per year 

All applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for an interview or not.  If you have been selected for an interview, be sure to bring all necessary paperwork to the interview.

Step 2 – Requirements BEFORE your Interview, please bring all documents to interview

  • Pick up a copy of your Service Record from Volunteer Services office Room G153
  • Bring a copies of your Immunization Records
    • You will need two (2) copies of medical records from your doctor, high school, parents, or college verifying the following:
      • Measles/Mumps/Rubella:
        Documentation of two (2) measles/mumps/rubella vaccinations or serological (laboratory testing) proof of immunity to measles (rubeola) and rubella (German measles)
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox):
        Verification of having Chicken Pox through medical documentation of the disease OR documentation of two varicella vaccinations
      • Complete Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 vaccinations):
        Required for those interested in volunteering in the Emergency Room, or Dental Clinics
      • tDap: Documentation of tDap vaccination received when 11 years or older
      • Proof of current flu vaccination (Required September – April)
      • UF students and UF Health patients may use myUFHealth to obtain their records. Non-degree seeking adult applicants who are unable to obtain immunization records should contact Volunteer Services.
  • Go to Occupational Health (located at UF Health Shands Hospital Room 1004 first floor ) to get medical clearance to volunteer
  • Please reference the volunteer website for the following documents and instructions on how to access the training website.

https://ufhealth.org/volunteer-requirements

Step  3 – Interview

  • You will be notified by Child Life staff whether you have been accepted for an interview or not.
  • If you have been accepted for an interview, you will receive instructions on how to reserve an interview spot.
  • You must bring all documents and paperwork from Step 2 to your interview in order to be eligible to volunteer.
  • Volunteer interview dress code is business casual or your volunteer uniform (volunteer assigned polo shirt, name tag, and khaki pants).
  • You will be notified by Child Life staff if you have been accepted as a volunteer in the program and given your assigned shift time and hours. 
  • You will be required to sign up for and attend a three hour orientation session on the pediatric unit.
  • You will receive an email with instructions on how to make a placement appointment with volunteer services this appointment is required, if you do not attend you will not be eligible to volunteer.

Parking - UF students, staff, and faculty may NOT park in UF Health visitor garages garage and should use your regular method of getting to campus (decal parking, bus, bike, and/or scooter).

For any additional information please contact the Child Life department 352-594-6470 or send an email to childlife@shands.ufl.edu.

Please contact the volunteer services office for more information on volunteer opportunities or view more information about student volunteers here.