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Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Florida Hospital for Children. We are very pleased that you want to contribute to our efforts to provide superior care in the community. We are proud to offer our volunteers some unique and highly rewarding opportunities. 

Below is a list of potential roles for our volunteers throughout the hospital. Please click on the opportunity you are interested in for a short role description:

To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available, please view orientation sessions below in order to determine which two-hour session to attend. 

Before attending orientation, thoughtfully consider the following:

1. Can you follow our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ to children and their families?

2. Do you agree with our vision to be a global pacesetter delivering preeminent, faith-based healthcare?

3. Is Florida Hospital for Children the best fit for me to volunteer?

4. Are you able to give the gift of self (adults 18 years and up: 100 hours per year; four hours one day per week;  teens 16 & 17 years of age: 72 hours per year, three hours one day per week; pet therapist: 36 hours per year, two hours per month)?

Volunteer Orientation Locations and Times:

2014 orientations will be held once a month at the Creation Conference Center. There will be open spots for 60 potential volunteers on a first come, first serve basis. We will be handing out numbered tickets one hour prior to orientation (no earlier than 5:00 p.m.). Please plan accordingly as child care will not be provided.

2014 Volunteer Orientation Dates: (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

  • January 16, 2014
  • February 6, 2014
  • March 20, 2014
  • April 17, 2014
  • May 15, 2014
  • June 19, 2014
  • July 17, 2014
  • August 21, 2014
  • September 18, 2014
  • October 16, 2014

If you have any questions, please contact Florida Hospital for Children Volunteer Services at (407) 303-5600 ext. 1106392 or email fhfc.volunteers@flhosp.org

Florida Hospital Creation Conference Center

601 East Rollins Street Orlando, FL 32803

What to expect at the initial orientation at the hospital’s campus:

  • Meet and greet with your volunteer manager
  • Review our Florida Hospital for Children’s Policy and Procedure manual
  • Most of all, have fun!

Please park at Alden parking garage located next to the Ronald McDonald House. The hospital entrance is located on the third floor of the parking garage. Once you reach the bottom of the escalator, make an immediate left to the Creation Conference Center. **Please bring your parking ticket to orientation for validation.**

Disclaimer: It will take approximately one month to be on boarded as a volunteer.

Pet therapy volunteers only:

Before you can begin the volunteer process at the hospital as a pet owner, you and your dog must be licensed and bonded through one of the following agencies:

Once you have completed the licensing and bonding procedure through one of the above agencies you will need to attend a Florida Hospital for Children volunteer orientation. Please see the volunteer orientation dates above. Once you have completed all the Florida Hospital for Children requirements, please contact Volunteer Services to set up your start/observation day to come and observe pet therapy. (The Pet Therapy program is offered to patients and families on Tuesday at 9:30am and on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30am.)

You will be asked to observe without your dog in order to become familiar with the units and pet-therapy guidelines.  On or before your start/observation date please provide copies of your dog’s up to date medical records (Rabies, Distemper, Bordatella, Heartworm, and Fecal). You will also need to provide a copy of the agency membership/license identification card. We will decide together which day you and your dog will come each month to volunteer.

Important Information

  • Prospective Emergency Department volunteers will need proof of hepatitis B vaccine series or will need to begin the series.
  • Prospective volunteers will need proof of vaccinations for mumps, measles, varicella, and rubella. Volunteers that are not immune will be responsible for obtaining the necessary vaccinations prior to start date.

After Orientation

Contact the volunteer manager via email to fhfc.volunteers@flhosp.org.  You will be informed at that time if you have been accepted to interview for a volunteer position at Florida Hospital for Children.  If you are being considered to join our team, additional steps will be necessary prior to your start date.

1. Interview with the volunteer manager. Please bring the following items to your interview:

  • Your Social Security Card
  • Your picture ID
  • Proof of vaccinations (you can obtain your vaccination records from your college, your high school, the Health Department in the state where you were born, or your doctor's office)
  • A copy of your birth certificate (if you are 17 years of age and under)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed documents from your volunteer folder obtained at orientation

Note: Please make sure that you arrive to your interview on time. Anyone who is more than 15 minutes late will have to reschedule. Any missing documents from the above list will result in having to reschedule your interview.

2. Two-part tuberculosis/PPD test and drug screen (volunteer manager will provide paper work)

3. Final appointment:

  • Collect remaining volunteer documents
  • Discuss your area of service
  • Establish volunteer schedule location, day and time of volunteering
  • Provide your staff and training contact information
  • Provide departmental guidelines
  • Review additional important issues
  • Purchase volunteer shirt ($20 - cash or check only)
  • Obtain badge

Steps to take for your tuberculosis TB test:

The whole process takes 10 days. Additionally, there will be no cost to you for your TB testing.

1. For your first TB test injection, make an appointment at any Centra Care location (www.centracare.org) or Florida Hospital Employee Clinic (407)303-7135 (call ahead for hours of operation). Please take your Centra Care authorization form that you received from the volunteer office.  The registered nurse will use this form.

2. For your second TB test injection, seven days later, you can walk in at any Centra Care location or Florida Hospital Employee Clinic (407)303-7135 (call ahead for hours of operation). Note: you do not need to make an appointment.

3. Forty-eight to 72 hours after your second TB test injection administered, you must have it read by a registered nurse and have them complete the form.  You can walk in to any Centra Care location or Florida Hospital Employee Clinic (407)303-7135 (call ahead for hours of operation) without an appointment to have the final TB test read.  There may be a wait to see a nurse.

4. Deliver a copy of your test results to the volunteer office.

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