Volunteer Engagement FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

First, you will need to fill out our online application


What are volunteer requirements?

Adult Volunteers

  • Must be 18 or older

  • Are welcome to begin at any time during the year

  • Are requested to make a minimum commitment of three months (36 hours)

Junior Volunteers

  • Are 14-18 years old

  • High school community service project students must call the Volunteer Engagement office at (501) 364-1825 for specific details and guidelines.

  • See Junior Volunteers/Program Dates for specific deadlines for Junior Volunteer programs


How will I be trained?

Our volunteers will attend a general Volunteer and Child Life orientation and will also receive a specific departmental overview.


How old do you have to be to volunteer?

You must be at least 14 years old to begin volunteering at Arkansas Children's. Teenagers who are at least 14 years old are invited to apply for our Junior Volunteer Program.


Once I apply, how long does it take to become a volunteer?

This process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our patients through a thorough screening process, as we are a children’s hospital.


I would like to volunteer because I am considering a career in healthcare. Will I be able to do this?

Volunteers do have a wide range of contact with a variety of staff members, however, the volunteer program is not structured to provide a shadowing/observational/mentoring experience. All volunteer assignments are non-clinical. Learn more about our job shadowing program.


Can my group/organization/school/company come for one day and visit the children?

We, as always, appreciate your generosity, however, due to patient confidentiality purposes, we cannot accommodate group visits. Learn more about corporate or group volunteer opportunities


When do you need volunteers?

Our greatest need for volunteers is Monday-Friday before 6 p.m. Limited evening and weekend placements are available.


What items does Arkansas Children's need?

Please visit our Guidelines for Donating Toys and Gifts and Donations for suggestions.


Are my donations tax-deductible?

All donations will be acknowledged for your tax purposes. For more information, visit our donation guidelines


How do I deliver my donation?

Please call the Volunteer Engagement office at (501) 364-1825 to inform us of your donation. You may park at the main entrance to the hospital and come in our lobby. The Welcome Center desk will direct you to the correct place. Please note that donated items must be new, and should NOT be gift-wrapped in order for us to distribute the items.


May I deliver my gifts/donations directly to a patient?

Because of patient privacy, infection control and security guidelines, donors are not permitted to visit patient floors. Please be assured that our patients are appreciative of your donation.


Will someone pick up my donation?

Due to staffing and transportation limitations, we are not able to pick up donations. However, in-kind donations can be delivered to Arkansas Children's, 1 Children's Way, Slot 108, Little Rock, AR 72202.


Can I donate food?

No food (including candy) may be given to the patients. According to the Public Health laws, all food given to patients must come from a certified kitchen. Please do not bring any edible donations to the hospital. We also ask that you not include any food with other donations.


What about used toys?

Due to infection control and safety guidelines, we are only able to accept newly purchased items. It is recommended that donated items be in original packaging.


I’ve heard that collecting pull-tabs from soda cans can help provide chemotherapy or dialysis treatments. Does Arkansas Children's participate in such a program?

Arkansas Children's does not participate in an aluminum recycling program. You may donate the proceeds from recycling aluminum cans (not just pull-tabs), but we are unable to accept actual pull-tabs or cans.