Arkansas Children’s depends on volunteers to provide assistance for our patients, their families and hospital staff. Whether you’re a retiree wanting to give back to the community, a college student hoping to fulfill a service requirement, or just have a simple desire to help others during your free time, we offer a wide array of opportunities.

We ask all adult volunteers to commit to one three-hour shift per week, at the same day and time, for a minimum of three months. Weekday, evening and weekend shifts are available in most direct patient care areas.

The process for becoming an Arkansas Children’s volunteer takes time, but it is meant to ensure the safety of patients and families as well as the success of our volunteers.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Office at volunteer@archildrens.org or 501-364-1825.

As we at Arkansas Children's continue to monitor COVID-19, your health and safety remain a top priority. For the safety of our patients, families and volunteers, our team of medical professionals has advised that we continue to limit who enters our hospitals and clinics, and we therefore regret to inform you that all junior volunteer programming has been put on hold until further notice.

We request your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor CDC recommendations in our continued commitment to your health and safety and the health and safety of our patients and families. Please know that we value and appreciate your interest in being a champion for children at Arkansas Children's.

Arkansas Children’s volunteers are carefully screened, processed and placed in appropriate assignments. This process includes a criminal background check, a 2-step TB (tuberculosis) skin test, hospital orientation and interview with Volunteer Engagement staff. All volunteers between the ages of 14-18 are eligible for the Arkansas Children's Junior Volunteer Program and must follow a separate screening process. The process for becoming an Arkansas Children’s volunteer takes time, but it is meant to ensure the safety of patients and families as well as the success of our volunteers. For more information, contact Volunteer Engagement at 501-364-1825 or e-mail volunteer@archildrens.org.

Requirements for Volunteering

  • Be at least 14 years of age
  • Provide immunization records and provide a 2-step TB (Tuberculosis) skin test
  • Proof of current Tdap vaccine (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) within the past ten years
  • Provide proof of a current flu shot (October - March)
  • Undergo a criminal background check
  • Attend hospital volunteer orientation
  • Adhere to all Arkansas Children's policies and procedures
  • Submit an online application

All volunteer assignments at Arkansas Children’s can be classified as either direct patient care areas or indirect patient care areas. Volunteers wishing to serve in a direct patient-care area are required to attend a Volunteer and Child Life orientation. Volunteers interested in indirect patient care areas (i.e. Gift Shop or clerical) will attend an individualized orientation.

Direct patient care areas include:

  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Animal Assisted Interventions
  • Emergency Room
  • Hospital School Program
  • Infant and Toddler Unit
  • Inpatient Units
  • Pastoral Care
  • Playroom/Crafts
  • Teen Room 

Indirect patient care areas include:

  • Clerical Areas
  • Patient and Family Advisors
  • Foundation
  • Playaway Gift Shop
  • Waiting Room