Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re considering becoming a volunteer at Gillette, you might have questions about our opportunities and the application process. Below are some of the questions that potential volunteers ask most frequently.
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How long does the application and review process take?
The entire application and review process takes two to three weeks to complete.
I need 10 volunteer hours for a school project. Can I come in a couple times and play with or read to your patients?
We ask adult volunteers (18 and over) to make a commitment of six months or one college semester. Student summer volunteers (ages 16 and 17) make a nine-week commitment during the summer.
Is there an age limit for volunteering?
We accept adult hospital and clinic volunteer applicants who are 18 and over. Students ages 16 and 17 may apply for our student summer volunteer program.
For how long will I volunteer?
We ask adult volunteers (18 and over) to make a commitment of six months or one college semester. Student summer volunteers (ages 16 and 17) make an eight-week commitment during the summer.
How many hours do most volunteers work?
Most volunteers come in once a week for a three-hour shift.
Will I get the volunteer position I asked for on my application?
We can’t guarantee open positions at all times. If the position you want isn’t available, we’ll put you on a waiting listing and contact you when we have an opening.
Can I request to volunteer in a department that isn’t listed on your website?
Sure! Let us know about your idea and we’ll see what we can do.
Do you have evening or weekend volunteer opportunities?
Yes, we have evening shifts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the week. Our Saturday shifts are scheduled in the morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and in the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Can I get community service hours at Gillette?
We are unable to accommodate people who need to collect community service hours or meet court-mandated service requirements.
Can I volunteer in physical therapy or occupational therapy specifically?
Yes, volunteers in our Rehabilitation Therapies department assist all of our therapists, including physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.
Can I rock babies?
We do not have a baby-rocking program at Gillette.
Can I work specifically with kids with cancer?
We serve children who have disabilities and complex conditions at Gillette.
Can my church/employee/school group come in and play with your patients?
Groups sometimes provide one-time activity sessions for our inpatients or participate in the Ronald McDonald Family Room Cooks for Kids program. Groups that wish to participate in Cooks for Kids should visit the Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteer page for more information.
Can I bring my certified therapy dog in to visit your patients?
Yes, be considered for our program, your dog must be certified by Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International (TDI) or Alliance for Therapy Dogs. You may submit an application and follow our normal application process. Please also submit a reference letter from someone who has seen you and your dog share time together. In addition, please submit your dog’s vaccination records. When we receive your application, we will contact you to set up an interview with you and your dog. Most of our therapy dog teams volunteer during weekday shifts. Some weekend and early evening shifts are also available.
What is the dress code for volunteers?
Our volunteers reflect the professional attitude of Gillette. Clean and neat business-appropriate clothing is required. Good personal hygiene is expected. Prohibited dress includes blue jeans, t-shirts with slogans and pictures, flipflops or other sandal-type shoes, face piercings (such as nose, eyebrow and tongue rings), ear lobe stretchers, artificial nails and nail wraps. Dress code is discussed in volunteer orientation.
Can I donate gently-used stuffed animals and toys that my kids have outgrown?
For infection control and other health reasons, we only accept new stuffed animals (with tags attached) and new games and toys. If you are interested in purchasing new games and/or toys for our patients, please contact Child Life at 651-726-2694 for suggestions.