Opportunities & Benefits

Ongoing volunteer opportunities are available across several units at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. We work with volunteers to match our changing needs with their personal schedules and preferences.

ArtReach

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old
Weekdays, 1:30-4:30pm

On weekday afternoons, ArtReach volunteers help lead patients, siblings and families in creating art or craft projects in one of Connecticut Children’s inpatient playrooms. For patients who are unable to come to the playroom, ArtReach volunteers deliver a package of materials to their room so they can participate on their own schedule.

Child Life

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old
Weekdays, Evenings and Weekends

Child Life volunteers provide play activities to children of all ages that might include cuddling, arts and crafts, games, or reading. They also make rounds on patient floors to distribute items from our entertainment cart. When children are unable to physically go to a playroom or activity center, volunteers provide activities at the patient’s bedside. 

Pet Therapy

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old 
Weekdays only 

Connecticut Children's uses trained volunteers and their own adult dogs to visit with consenting patients on patient care units and waiting areas. All dogs accepted into the Pet Therapy program must have current certification in a program specifically geared towards therapy dogs. Additionally, dogs must be at least 2-years-old and weigh more than 25 pounds.

Surgical Lounge

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old
Weekdays, 7:00am-1:00pm only

Volunteers facilitate a supportive, empathetic environment to the families of children undergoing surgery. They must be extremely mature and able to provide support to family members who are experiencing stress. These volunteers serve as a liaison between parents and the medical staff.

Emergency Department

Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old
Weekdays, Evenings and Weekends

Volunteers provide clerical assistance to the office staff in the Emergency Department. Duties may include photocopying, filing, delivering materials to the mailroom or other clinical areas in the hospital, and reading a story or playing a game with children receiving care in the department.

Gift Shop

Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old
Weekdays, 10am-1pm or 1-4pm

Volunteers staff our gift shop located on the second floor in the atrium lobby. The gift shop offers a large selection of personal and gift items, cards, crafts, toys and games, snacks, and flowers.

Clerical Support

Volunteers must be at least 15-years-old
Weekdays, 9:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-3:30pm


Volunteers are placed in offices throughout the medical center and provide support to the staff by running errands, photocopying information, filing, assembling mailings, and more.

Volunteer Benefits

The volunteer experience at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is rewarding for our generous volunteers and for the patients and families who benefit from our team’s quality care. In appreciation of their service, Connecticut Children’s volunteers enjoy:

  • A meal pass valid on days when they volunteer three hours or more
  • Free parking onsite or at a nearby lot with shuttle service
  • Access to our Fitness Center, located at the main campus (volunteers must be at least 18-years-old)
  • Access to Hartford Hospital’s Medical Science Library and Robinson Library