Arkansas Children’s Hospital depends on volunteers to provide assistance for the patients, their families and
hospital staff. Whether you’re a retiree wanting to give back to the community, a student hoping to fulfill a service
requirement, or just have a simple desire to help others during your free time, there’s a wide array of opportunities
at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Because of the nature of care Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides, all volunteers are carefully screened,
processed and placed in appropriate assignments. This process includes the candidate’s undergoing a criminal background
check, providing a current TB (tuberculosis) skin test, attending a hospital orientation and interviewing individually
with a volunteer services representative. All volunteers in high school between the ages of 14-18 are eligible for the
ACH Junior Volunteer Program and must follow a separate screening process. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age
and adhere to all hospital policies and procedures. The process for becoming an Arkansas Children’s Hospital volunteer
takes time, but it is meant to ensure the safety of patients and families as well as the success of our volunteers.
For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 501/364-1825 or e-mail us at
All volunteer assignments at Arkansas Children's Hospital can be classified as either direct patient care areas or
indirect patient care areas. Volunteers wishing to serve in a direct patient care area are required to attend a Volunteer
and Child Life orientation. Volunteers interested in indirect patient care areas (i.e Gift Shop or clerical) will attend
an individualized orientation.
We ask all volunteers to commit to one three-hour shift per week, at the same day and time, for a minimum of three months.
Weekday, evening and weekend shifts are available in most areas.
Direct patient care areas include:
- Art Cart
- Infant and Toddler Unit
- Hospital School Program
- Nursing Units
- Teen Rooms
- Animal Assisted Therapy
Indirect patient care areas include:
- Play-A-Way Gift Shop
- Waiting Rooms/Surgery Waiting
- Clerical Areas
Requirements for Volunteering:
- Must be at least 14 years of age.
- Must provide a current TB (tuberculosis) skin test.
- Must attend hospital orientation. Patient care volunteers and indirect patient
care volunteers attend separate orientations.
- Must adhere to all ACH policies and procedures.
- Junior volunteers (high school students ages 14-18) must provide two letters
of teacher recommendation on letterhead.