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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, Knitting for Noggins, 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 (e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-364-1825 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 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 a list of items 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, 13 interns are accepted into the program and take part in 3 internship rotations on the Arkansas Children's Hospital Campus, in Little Rock, each lasting 10 weeks. 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 Project Coordinator, Dee Vittitow.
Each year, a class of young adults with developmental disabilities learns how to achieve career success in the professional environment at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Through Project SEARCH Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative in partnership with Arkansas Rehabilitation services, young adults prepare for the workforce. Many of them are past patients and find purpose and fulfillment through the nine-month intern program. Check out this video for more information!