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Our summer volunteer program is for 16 and 17 year olds. The program is ten weeks from mid-June through mid-August. We accept applications January through March. Applicants who submit material after March 31 will go on a waiting list.

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

Volunteer Requirements

We have a limited number of high school summer volunteer openings. High school volunteers must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old. Applicants over 18 please apply for our adult hospital and clinic volunteer opportunities
  • Be able to volunteer for three hours, once a week, for the entire ten-week summer program
  • Attend a personal interview at the hospital
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session 
  • Be available to volunteer Monday- Friday, between 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Be comfortable interacting with children who have disabilities
  • Commit to maintaining patient confidentiality
  • Complete a background check and fingerprinting
  • Provide vaccination information, including but not limited to documentation of COVID-19 vaccine, Influenza vaccine, and QuantiFERON®-TB Gold blood test (QFT-G) within the last 30 days.

Volunteer Application Process

When we are accepting volunteers, teens must:

  • Complete an online application (only for students who are ages 16 or 17). Note: the teen application is inactive currently. Applications are only accepted from January-March each year. 
  • Submit one teacher or guidance counselor reference form by March 31.

  • Have a parent or guardian print, sign and return a parent release form by March 31. 

Applications are complete when these forms  are submitted to Gillette Child and Family Services, Volunteer Program through volunteer@gillettechildrens.com:

  • Online application.
  • Reference form.
  • Parental release form.

Volunteer Interviews and Selection

We will contact applicants who have submitted all required paperwork to provide them with additional information about the interview date, orientation session, background check and medical and health requirements.

Volunteer Opportunities

Teen volunteers interact with patients and families as either an ambassador or by offering crafts in our waiting room.

  • Daytime crafts: Feeling artistic? Offer arts and crafts activities we provide to patients and their siblings. Craft activities are a great way to interact with our patients and their families. 
  • Greeter: Welcome patients and families to the hospital. Assist them with strollers and wheelchairs, escort them to appointments, and deliver flowers and gifts to patient rooms. You must be able to push wheelchairs and lift up to 20 pounds.