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Helping Kids be Kids

Gifts of Service

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at AdventHealth for Children, formerly 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 happy to offer our volunteers some unique and highly rewarding opportunities.

Giving Back

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Arts in Motion

    Providing creative opportunities for patients, families, and visitors at the bedside, playrooms and lobbies.

  • Holiday and Events Assistant

    Provides organizational assistance during special events and activities.

  • Holiday and Events Assistant

    Provides organizational assistance during special events and activities.

  • Music Therapy

    Assists music therapist during musical interventions at the bedside and in the playrooms.

  • Pediatric Surgery Concierge

    (12 bed unit) Greets and directs patients and families, engages patients and siblings in play opportunities, provide additional family and patient needs.

  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

    (8 bed unit) Facilitate playroom and bedside activities for patients and siblings.  Assisting the Child Life Specialist when needed e.g. organizing, restocking, cleaning, etc.

How to Volunteer

Taking the First Step

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Volunteer Application
  1. Print and complete the Volunteer Application packet. Please bring the completed application packet to your volunteer interview.
  2. Please bring the following items to your interview:
    • The completed volunteer application packet
    • Your Social Security Card (Noncitizens without a social security card: I-20 and passport of I-95 and an F1 or F2 Visa)
    • Your picture ID
    • Proof of vaccinations for measles, rubella and varicella (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. Volunteers that are not immune will be responsible for obtaining the necessary vaccinations prior to start date. NOTE: Individuals born before 1957 do not need to provide proof of vaccinations.)
    • A copy of your birth certificate (if you are 17 years of age)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Prospective Emergency Department volunteers will need proof of hepatitis B vaccine series or will need to begin the series
  3. Reasons why your application would not be accepted:
    • No experience with children
    • Cannot commit to a minimum of 4 hours once a week
    • Cannot commit to 100 minimal total hours within a year
    • 18 years of age or younger --If under 18 years younger, please consider joining the Teen Advisory Council
    • You do not have your required documents: Proof of varicella, measles and rubella. NOTE: Individuals born 1957 and below are exempt
    • Government issued identification
    • Social security card
    • Noncitizens without a social security card: I-20 and passport or I-95 and an F1 or F2 visa.
Pet Therapy Opportunities

Before you can begin the volunteer process at AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, as a pet owner, you and your dog are required to be assessed and registered through one of the following AdventHealth approved agencies:

Once you have completed the assessment and registration through one of the above agencies and obtained proof please schedule a volunteer interview. NOTE: We would like to meet both you and your pet at the time of interview.

Arts in Motion

The purpose of the Arts in Medicine program "Arts in Motion" (AIM) is to enrich the lives of patients, families and staff by providing the healing power of creative expression. The importance of creative expression is to impact our patients and their families through the healing of mind, body and spirit. The AIM Team is comprised of dedicated, trained and skilled artists and craftpersons who support our hospital's overall mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ. They offer art experiences for patients, families and health care staff at AdventHealth for Children.

Getting Involved

Our Arts in Motion program relies on the generosity of our community. To get started as a volunteer, schedule an interview. To make a financial contribution, visit our donation page.

Volunteer Orientation

Orientation Locations and Times

AdventHealth for Children
601 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

2019 orientations will be held once a month from 12 pm to 2 p m (lunch will be provided). After you have interviewed and are accepted into the volunteer program at AdventHealth for Children, we will discuss orientation details. For more information regarding volunteer interviews please visit the interview page. There are 30 available slots at orientation for volunteers. Please plan accordingly as child care will not be provided.

For additional 2019 volunteer orientation information, or if you have any questions, please contact AdventHealth for Children Volunteer Services at Call407-303-5600 x1106392 or email FHFC.Volunteers@adventhealth.com.

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

  • Question and answer session with your volunteer manager
  • Review our AdventHealth for Children Policies and Procedures
  • Review of AdventHealth's Volunteer Policies and Procedures
  • Most of all, have fun!

Please park at Alden parking garage located next to the Ronald McDonald House on Alden Road or McRae parking garage located next to the Alden garage off of Rollins Street. The hospital entrance is located on the third floor of the parking garages. Once you reach the bottom of the escalator, follow signs to the Walt Disney Pavilion. You may check in at the information desk and explain you are here for the AdventHealth for Children volunteer orientation.

Please bring your parking ticket to orientation for validation. We apologize but we cannot validate valet parking.

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

After Orientation

  • Contact the volunteer manager via phone at Call407-303-5600 x1106392 to schedule your start date/final appointment
  • Submit your remaining volunteer documents
  • Discuss your area of service training
  • Provide your staff and training contact information
  • Review additional important issues
  • Purchase volunteer shirt ($20 - cash or check only)
  • Obtain badge

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.

Your Volunteer Interview

Before scheduling a volunteer interview, 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: AdventHealth will be a global leader providing highly advanced, faith-based healthcare and will lead a sustainable community health system that will be:
    • CONNECTED - Connecting the dots from A to Z.
    • WHOLISTIC - Healthy mind, body and spirit.
    • AFFORDABLE - Cost transparency, efficiency and options.
    • VIABLE - Sustaining resources for the future.
    • EXCEPTIONAL - Care and service to our team and our patients.
  3. Are you able to give the gift of self?
    • Adult volunteers 18 age and older: minimum of 100 hours per 6 months, one four hour shift a week.
    • Pet Therapy Volunteers 18 years of age and older: minimum of 24 hours per year, two hours one day per month. 

Before scheduling and arriving at your volunteer interview please complete the following steps:

  1. Read AdventHealth orientation manual thoroughly
  2. Read AdventHealth for Children orientation manual thoroughly
  3. Print and complete the Volunteer Application Packet.

Please bring the following items to your interview:

  • The completed volunteer application packet
  • Your Social Security Card
    • Noncitizens without a social security card: I-20 and passport of I-95 and an F1 or F2 Visa
  • Your picture ID
    • Noncitizens without a social security will need a police clearance certificate from your countries consulate/embassy in Washington DC.
  • Proof of vaccinations for measles, rubella and varicella (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). Volunteers that are not immune will be responsible for obtaining the necessary vaccinations prior to start date. NOTE: Individuals born before 1957 do not need to provide proof of vaccinations.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Prospective Emergency Department volunteers will need proof of hepatitis B vaccine series or will need to begin the series

Pet Therapy Volunteers

  • Your pet
  • Copies of your dog's up to date medical records (rabies, distemper, bordetella, and negative fecal exam).
  • Copy of the agency membership/registration )Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, Intermountain Therapy Animals and Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

Once you have completed the steps above please contact the volunteer services office to schedule your volunteer interview at FHFC.Volunteers@adventhealth.com or Call407-303-5600 x1106392.

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. Please park at Alden parking garage located next to the Ronald McDonald House on Alden Road or McRae parking garage located next to the Alden garage off of Rollins Street. The hospital entrance is located on the third floor of the parking garages. Once you reach the bottom of the escalator, follow signs to the Walt Disney Pavilion. Please check in at the information desk and explain you are here for the AdventHealth for Children volunteer interview.

**Please bring your parking ticket to the interview for validation. We apologize but we cannot validate valet parking.**

What to expect during your volunteer interview:

  • Meet your volunteer manager
  • Questions and answers regarding the policy and procedures manual information
  • Be informed if you have been accepted for a volunteer position at AdventHealth for Children
  • Establish volunteer schedule location, day and time of volunteering
  • Provide departmental guidelines
  • Provide your volunteer orientation information
  • Obtain tuberculosis documents

If you are being considered to join our team, additional steps will be necessary prior to your start date.

After your interview

  • Complete your two-part tuberculosis/PPD test and drug screen (volunteer manager will provide paperwork)
  • Complete an online orientation and quiz (volunteer manager will provide the information)

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). 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. Note: You do not need to make an appointment.
  3. 48 to 72 hours after your second TB test injection is administered you must have it read by a registered nurse and have them complete the form. You can walk into any Centra Care location without an appointment to have the final TB test read. There may be a wait to see a nurse.
  4. Keep a copy of your test results and contact the volunteer office to set up your start/training date.

What to expect during training:

  1. Your volunteer manager will schedule a date for you to shadow an existing pet volunteer team to familiarize yourself with the role and the expectations without your pet. Note: You may need more than one shadowing opportunity.
  2. A staff member and/or a volunteer will lead and assist you for multiple volunteer shifts to ensure proper procedures and protocols are being followed.
  3. You are cleared to lead independently!

What to expect during training for Pet Therapy volunteers:

  1. Your volunteer manager will schedule a date for you to shadow an existing pet volunteer team to familiarize yourself with the role and the expectations without your pet. Note: You may need more than one shadowing opportunity.
  2. A Florida staff member and/or a volunteer will lead and assist you for multiple volunteer shifts to ensure proper procedures and protocols are being followed.
  3. You are cleared to lead independently!