Step 2: Student Volunteer Requirements
All volunteer applicants are required to complete the following steps through Volunteer Services to become a volunteer at Children's. Students must complete all of these requirements by the start of the session to which they are applying to. The requirements are as follows:
1. Information Session: This is a one hour meeting hosted monthly by the Volunteer Services staff. Sessions for the summer program are held January & February and sessions for the school year program are held during June & July. Students are required to attend an information session to apply to the Student Volunteer Program. If a students is under 16 years-of-age we ask that a parent or guardian attend the information session with their child.
2. Application: After attending an Information Session, volunteer applicants are provided access to the Student Volunteer Application. Each application requires at least two professional or personal references. Student applicants must also complete a series of essays. The completed application must be submited by the due date indicated on the application. Incomplete or incorrectly completed applications will not be considered.
3. Background check: Volunteers 18 years-of-age or older must submit to having a background check. Students under 18 years-of-age at the time they begin to volunteer will need to provide consent to run a background check on their 18th birthday.
4. Health Form: Just like Children's staff, all volunteers are rquired to prove immunity to the following either by immunization or a postive blood antibody titer: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Chicken Pox. Volunteer are required to complete TB screening and obtain an Influenze vaccination annually. Tetanus must also be up to date. Costs associated with medical requirements are the responsibility of the volunteer. Volunteer Applicants will be told when the health form is due. The health form must be completed by the due date indicated.
5. General Orientation: All volunteers are required to attend a 3-hour training session hosted by Volunteer Service. General Orientation dates will be provided on the application. General Orientation is completed on the Dallas Campus. The following topics are covered at General Orientation:
Children's Medical Cetner History, Mission & Mission
Patient and Family Centered Care
Working with Hospitalized Children
Child Abuse and Neglect
Code of Conduct
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Hospital Safety and Secuirty
Code of Ethics
To participate in the Student Volunteer Program, volunteers must also meet the following criteria:
Commit to serving a regularly scheduled volunteer schedule.
Be a minimum of 16 years of age by the beginning of the session you plan to apply to.
Purchase a volunteer uniform ranging from $25-$30
Adhere to the volunteer code of ethics