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Volunteer Program


We love your support. The HSC Pediatric Center is a unique place for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of children. As a volunteer, you play a very important role in helping our patients prepare to return to their homes, schools and communities. We are committed to matching your skills and interests with the variety of opportunities available.

All volunteers at The HSC Pediatric Center must:

  • be at least 16 years of age,
  • have a health screening,
  • complete an interview, and
  • participate in a training program.

Patient Care Volunteers work directly with our children, extending the care of our nurses and therapists. You might cuddle a baby or toddler whose family cannot be here. You may read a story or help with schoolwork. You may also help recreation therapy staff plan and organize special parties, activities or outings for our patients.

Administrative Volunteers are vital to the successful operation of the hospital. We turn to these volunteers to lend a helping hand with administrative tasks such as typing and filing. We may ask for help with special events and fundraising activities, too.

We also welcome friends, co-workers and community service organizations who wish to volunteer their time together by sponsoring a special event, such as a seasonal party or arts and crafts activity.
To learn more, download the Event Form - opens PDF or call Volunteer Services at (202) 635-6191.

PLEASE NOTE: The HSC Pediatric Center has currently reached its capacity to accept patient care volunteers and the program is temporarily closed for new sign-ups. However, there may be administrative opportunities or other volunteer experiences available on an as needed basis. The goal of our program is to supply volunteer opportunities that provide a lasting impact, while enhancing the experiences of our patients and families. Please call us at (202) 635-6191 if you are interested in learning more about volunteer alternatives, and you will be contacted if a position opens.

The following steps are part of the volunteer application process:

  1. Download and complete the Volunteer Application Packet - opens PDF
  2. Mail the completed forms (or email them to ):
    ATTN: Denice Bess, Volunteer Services
    The HSC Pediatric Center
    1731 Bunker Hill Road NE
    Washington, DC 20017