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Volunteer Engagement

Arkansas Children’s depends on volunteers to provide assistance for our patients, their families and hospital staff. Whether you are a retiree wanting to give back to the community, a student hoping to fulfill a service requirement; would like to get your business or group involved, or just have a simple desire to help others, we offer a wide array of opportunities.

Arkansas Children's active volunteers can click here to access the Volunteer MyPortal.

Why I Volunteer at Arkansas Children's - Marilyn Ewing

Each Wednesday, I volunteer in the teen room at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and each week is a bittersweet moment for me as soon as I walk through the front door of the hospital. The smells, the sounds, the people, are all reminders of the more than 18 years our family has spent at this hospital with our son, Spencer, as a patient.

In 1999, Spencer was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor that affected both his neurological function as well as his spinal cord function. Through the years, I have seen firsthand the impact that the doctors, nurses, therapists, and even the janitorial crew have made on Spencer and our family. I volunteer because Spencer is a junior at Ouachita Baptist University and without our Heavenly Father and Arkansas Children’s, I know that he would not have been able to achieve this tremendous goal.

As I visit the units to check the needs of the patients, I am reminded of when I was the mom and Spencer was the patient. I remember the knock on the door and the anticipation on our faces as we waited to see who was visiting and what their visit would bring. I remember that feeling so vividly.

Now, when I knock on a patient's door to see if they would like to visit the teen room or to see if I can bring them a game, I make certain that my face does not give away the pain I feel for them as I witness their sickness, their anguish and sometimes their anger at their situation. My number one goal as a volunteer is to bring a smile to their face as well as their parents or guardian.

Volunteering fills a void that I didn't even know I had. The joy I see on the faces of the patients is a constant reminder of what a remarkable facility Arkansas Children's is to our community and to our state.