Volunteer Services Texas Medical Center

Texas Children's is honored to consistently rank as the best children's hospital in Texas and among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We take immense pride in this achievement, which is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our exceptional team, including our amazing volunteers. Our volunteers play a crucial role in providing the best possible care to children, women, and their families, and we are incredibly grateful for their contribution. 

At Texas Children's, we believe that our volunteers are an essential part of our team, and we assign volunteer positions based on the hospital's current needs, as well as the volunteer's availability, interests, and skills. We welcome volunteers who are at least 18 years old and can commit to serving a minimum of one, three-hour shift every week for at least six months, at the same day and time. Join us today and be a part of the best children's hospital in Texas. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Looking to make a positive impact in your community? 

We're looking for compassionate and committed individuals to join our team. Take a moment to review our Volunteer Applicant Overview and learn more about the requirements for our program. As a volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to fill any of our open positions, including:

  • Guest Services: If you're a person who enjoys multitasking, our hospitality team could use your help. Greet families, provide directions and wayfinding assistance, and delivery of patient mail and comfort items. 
  • Child Life Playrooms: If you love working with children, our Child Life Playrooms are the perfect fit. Help engage patients and their siblings in meaningful activities that brighten their day. 
  • Bed Rest Buddies: If you're creative and enjoy spending time with soon-to-be moms, consider becoming a Bed Rest Buddy. Provide bedside crafting activities to patients on bed rest in the Pavilion for Women.
  • Outpatient Clinics: Help ease patient anxiety by providing distractions in waiting areas, such as card games, puzzles, and coloring. 
  • Tea Cart: Join our Volunteer Services team and help support caregivers by serving tea and treats to the staff of Texas Children’s. 
  • CVICU: Provide meaningful and engaging interactions with patients in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. 

Make a difference in the lives of others and join our team of dedicated volunteers today! Apply here.

2024 Summer Junior Program

The Texas Children’s Hospital Summer Junior Volunteer Program in the Medical Center offers a unique opportunity for teen volunteers to gain experience supporting patients, families, and staff in a hospital setting. 

While we do NOT offer shadowing or observing experiences, Summer Juniors will participate in exciting and rewarding volunteer assignments and educational opportunities. 

Please be mindful of the time commitment required to participate. To gain the most from the Summer Junior Program you must be present. If you are attending other camps or traveling, please consider applying for the Summer Junior Program in the future when you are available to successfully complete the program.   

To help determine the applicant’s readiness to participate as a Junior Volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital, all communication is encouraged to be handled by the applicant directly.

* The application window is Monday, February 12th at 8 am through Wednesday, February 21st at 5 pm. Please see the program and application guidelines below.*

2024 TCH Medical Center Program Requirements

  • Commit to participating in the full program. Summer Junior Volunteer Program Dates:  Monday, June 10th  – Thursday, July 18th, 2024
  • Program days are Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Complete 144 hours of service
  • Weekend/evening/make-up shifts are NOT available 
  • Junior volunteers are allowed to miss 4 shifts (2 full days) during the six-week session
  • Teen volunteers are encouraged to schedule appointments and other commitments on Fridays

2024 Applicant Requirements

  • Must be at least 15 years of age by June 1, 2024
  • Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior for the 2024-2025 school year
  • Completed online application by the teen applicant by the submission deadline
    • The application must have the teen applicant’s email address and phone number listed
  • Must include two Recommendation Forms
    • Letters from family members will not be considered
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Submit a one-minute video (see Summer Junior program packet for details)

Key Dates to Remember

  • February 21st - Submission deadline for the full application, video, and both letters of recommendation
  • March 8th- Volunteers will be notified of acceptance
  • March 25th- Selected candidates must submit health requirements by this deadlin

Contact Texas Children’s Volunteer Services - Medical Center Campus

Volunteer Services Department
6621 Fannin Street, Suite A1125
Houston, TX 77030