Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

3333 Burnet Ave Cincinnati, OH 45229
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Our mission Cincinnati Children’s will improve child health and transform delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Ways to help

Emergency Department

Help with families and children in the emergency department.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

School Program

Help a patient with school work.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Activity Center

Play with children in the activity center, read to patients & bring toys and activities to outpatient clinics.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Dog Visitation Program

Bring comfort and affection to children and families during a stressful or lonely time.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings
Items we need now

Amazon Wish List Items needed

This list was created and is maintained by our Child Life team, and it contains the most commonly-used items for patients and families— age-appropriate toys, craft supplies, special items for celebrations, activities that distract kids during procedures and more. To purchase something from our Wish List, follow these three easy steps:
  1. View our Amazon Wish List.
  2. Order online and your gifts will be delivered to the medical center.
  3. Fill out a donation form.
If you would like to ship items from another business or in a different way, please email [email protected] for more details.
  • Wishlist – Amazon, etc
Amazon Wish List
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Hospital Volunteer

Volunteers at Cincinnati Children’s are an integral part of everything we do. Their energy, commitment and dedication help Cincinnati Children’s change the outcome for patients. Cincinnati Children’s volunteers fill a wide variety of roles throughout the hospital and our neighborhood locations, as well as at events benefiting the medical center.  Each role is crucial in advancing our vision to be the leader in improving child health. Before You Apply to Volunteer: We want to help you find the volunteer activity at Cincinnati Children’s that is the best fit for you.

Part 1: Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I carefully and realistically considered my schedule to make sure that I am able to commit to a weekly volunteer time for six consecutive months?
  • Am I comfortable in a clinical environment where I will see children who are sick or in pain and parents under stress?
  • Will I be able to treat my commitment to volunteer similarly to the seriousness with which I treat work or school obligations?
  • Am I comfortable submitting personal references and having a background check?
  • Do I enjoy new situations and the challenges of a large and dynamic hospital campus?
  • Am I willing and able to maintain professional boundaries with patients and families?
If you answered yes to all of the questions, please continue.  If you answered no to any of the questions, Cincinnati Children’s may not meet your goals as a volunteer.

Part 2: Consider these statements and decide if they are true for you:

  • I want to gain clinical experience by practicing the skills I have learned at school.
  • I hope that by volunteering I will be better able to work through my grief at the loss of a loved one.
  • I have a story to tell and want to share my experiences with others.
  • I have a month or two of unexpected free time and would like to volunteer on a short-term basis.
  • I hope that volunteering will lead directly to employment at Cincinnati Children’s.
  • I need to be busy all the time.
If any of these statements are true, Cincinnati Children’s might not be the best volunteer experience for you.  If you have thoroughly read the above information and have considered whether a weekly volunteer commitment is what you are looking for, we welcome you to continue the application process by seeing the opportunities on our website.
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 2 Hours/Week
  • Anytime
  • In-depth
How you help Volunteers help children and families during these difficult times by helping them through the process, by reading to children, playing with children, helping them with homework, and in many other ways.
About us Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be the leader in improving child health. For patients from our community, the nation and the world, the care we provide will achieve the best medical and quality-of-life outcomes; patient and family experience; and value today and in the future.
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