Your support is a direct investment in our mission to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. We provide volunteer opportunities in special programs like Animal Assisted Interventions, Group Volunteer Projects, Festival of Stars and more! Your volunteer efforts are very important to Arkansas Children's. Consider additional ways to help our patients and families.
Please contact Volunteer Engagement to find out more about program participation options.
Therapeutic Animal Interventions Lift Spirits (TAILS) volunteers are certified therapy dogs and their owners who visit hospitalized patients. In addition to owners meeting standard volunteer requirements, all TAILS volunteers must adhere to the following:
When visiting the hospital the dog and handler will be met at the front entrance of the hospital. The dog will be crated to go into the hospital and taken out of the crate upon arrival at their destination. Scheduling and placing of TAILS volunteers are completed after the fulfillment of requirements. For questions regarding the Animal Assisted Interventions Program contact the Child Life and Education Department at 501-364-1412.
Host a party for your organization or group, request that your guests bring new and unused gifts suitable for children, and then donate gifts to Arkansas Children's. You might even ask friends or family members to bring items for the hospital instead of gifts for you!
View our wish lists to see what we need for our patients & families.
Project SEARCH® Arkansas: ACCESS® Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and Arkansas Children’s Hospital welcomed its inaugural class in August of 2015. The program is for young adults, ages 18-35, with developmental disabilities. Candidates for the program must have graduated high school, received a GED or certificate of completion. Each year, up to 13 interns are accepted into the program and take part in three 10-week internship rotations on the Arkansas Children's Hospital campus in Little Rock. The goal of the program is to help these individuals develop employment readiness skills, social skills, and soft skills to prepare them for meaningful, competitive employment within the surrounding community.
While interning at Arkansas Children's Hospital, interns have the opportunity to work with more than 25 different departments that are signed on to serve as an internship site. Upon completion of the nine-month program, Arkansas Children's Hospital Project SEARCH graduates receive follow-along services to help with the transition as they move to employment.
To learn more about the program or the application process please visit Project SEARCH Arkansas or contact our Arkansas Children's Hospital Instructor/Coordinator, Dee Vittitow at Debra.Vittitow@accessgroupinc.org.