How To Volunteer

Maybe you’re a student or professional who wants to learn more about the field of medicine. Or maybe you’re a retired senior or stay-at-home parent who would like to get more involved with your community. Regardless of your age, occupation, or background, volunteering at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center can be a wonderful and rewarding experience.

We have volunteer opportunities all over the hospital, including:

  • Assisting in playing with children and providing support for family members
  • Assisting at the Children’s Hospital information desk
  • Staffing the gift shop
  • Visiting with families in the surgery waiting area
  • Taking on special projects, such as helping with events

Please note that our greatest need for volunteers is weekdays during business hours. Only limited evening or weekend placements are available.

Whatever your area of interest, you will be helping to support our mission to improve the life of every child.

Becoming A Volunteer

There are two programs for volunteers: one is for adults, and the other is for teens, called Teen Connection. The first step toward becoming a volunteer in either program at Children’s is to fill out an application. Applications are available online or by calling the Volunteer Services Department at 402-955-4010.

Apply Online

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Volunteer Application – Adult / College
Volunteer Application – Teen

Adult Volunteers — For Volunteers Age 19 And Older

After submitting an application, please:

  • Wait to receive a letter from Volunteer Services, and then you will be contacted for an interview.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation.
  • Complete a health screening with the employee health department. This screening consists of two appointments that must be attended within a required amount of time. You will be provided with health screening forms during your initial interview. Be sure to bring these forms to your initial employee health appointment.
  • Pass a criminal and adult/child abuse background check. Your Social Security number is required to perform the background checks.

If you are approved for a volunteer position, you will be invited to attend a new volunteer orientation session, as well as any additional required training sessions. The application process can take 4 to 6 weeks to complete from the time of the initial interview.

Volunteering With Teen Connection

If you’re looking for a great place to build skills and get professional experience, you’ve come to the right place. Our Teen Connection volunteers learn a lot, make new friends, and have fun in a secure and compassionate environment.

We accept and orient our new Teen Connection Volunteers in groups several times a year, primarily in the summer and fall. As a result, we usually have a waiting list to get started in the program.

After submitting an application, you will be contacted by Volunteer Services for an interview when openings occur in the program. At that point, you must:

  • Provide a letter of recommendation.
  • Complete a health screening with the employee health department. A parental or guardian consent is required to conduct the health screening. This screening consists of two appointments that must be attended within a required amount of time. You will be provided with health screening forms during your initial interview. Be sure to bring these forms to your initial employee health appointment.

If you are approved for a volunteer position, you will be invited to attend a new volunteer orientation session, as well as any additional required training sessions. The application process can take 4 to 6 weeks to complete from the time of the initial interview.

Teen Connection volunteers will be asked to purchase a uniform shirt from Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Family Advisory Council Nominations

Family Advisory Council

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center strives to provide an exceptional experience for every patient and family. We know this means establishing a relationship built on trust, courtesy and respect, and from the earliest stage of treatment, partnering with our patients and families.

Since 2008, Children’s has invited parents to join us as family advisors. The advisory network has expanded to consist of many groups:

  • Family Advisory Board (all specialties)
  • Children’s Physicians Family Advisory Council
  • Cardiac Family Advisory Council
  • Endocrinology Family Advisory Council
  • Hematology/Oncology Family Advisory Council

All help to support and guide our efforts to deliver the highest standard of family-centered care throughout our organization.

Our family advisors:

  • Provide a vital link between Children’s and the community
  • Provide supportive channels of communication between families and hospital staff
  • Provide input and feedback on delivery of services for children and their families
  • Provide input regarding program development
  • Assist in planning for new facilities and services

Family advisors have:

  • Redesigned care boards for patient rooms
  • Provided input on family space for the new Hubbard Center for Children
  • Created hospital murals, signage, and directories
  • Created inpatient admission folders
  • Guided communication around rapidly changing COVID-19 precautions and restrictions
  • Offered input on Children’s Connect, reporting quality and safety data, and more

Family Advisory Council Nomination Form

KIDS Nebraska

KIDS Nebraska is an advisory group created for kids, adolescents, and teens who are focused on understanding, communicating and improving medicine, research and innovation for all children.

KIDS stands for “Kids and Families Impacting Disease through Science,” a global consortium of children’s advisory groups. It operates within the International Children’s Advisory Network, Inc. (iCAN).

Young people ages 10-18 and living in Nebraska and western Iowa are invited to apply. They do not need to have experience as patients at Children’s or any existing medical conditions.

For more information and the application, visit our KIDS Nebraska page.

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