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.

If you have questions about volunteering at Gillette, email volunteer@gillettechildrens.com or call 651-578-5004.

The entire application and review process takes two to three weeks to complete.

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.

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.

We ask adult volunteers (18 and over) to make a commitment of 100 hours of service, volunteering for one, three hour shift each week. Student summer volunteers (ages 16 and 17) make a 10 week commitment during the summer.

Most volunteers come in once a week for a three-hour shift.

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.

Sure! Let us know about your idea and we’ll see what we can do.

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.

We are unable to accommodate people who need to collect community service hours or meet court-mandated service requirements.

Each department coordinates its own internships. Please visit our Careers section for information on internship opportunities.

Yes, volunteers in our Rehabilitation Therapies department assist all of our therapists, including physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.

We do not have a baby-rocking program at Gillette.

We serve children who have disabilities and complex conditions at Gillette.

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.

Yes, be considered for our program, your dog must be certified by Pet Partners. 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.

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.

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.