Houston volunteer opportunities


What Is It?:  A not-for-profit organization, recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the U.S.whose mission is “to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education, and research.”


Help Needed: Serve as a Junior Volunteer for 8 weeks in the summer, or during the school year, create activity kits for patientsor donate other needed items.


Minimum Age to Volunteer: Junior Program volunteers must be aged 15-18.

Help Needed


This program gives high school students the opportunity to gain experience providing customer service and support to patients and their families in a hospital setting.  “While we do not offer opportunities for clinical exposure and/or shadowing Hospital staff, Junior Volunteers will learn about the healthcare environment through certain assignments.”

Summer Junior volunteers are asked to serve for 12 hours a week, for a minimum of 8 weeks during June to mid-August.  All volunteers must complete a minimum of 96 hours over the summer.  Shifts are Monday to Friday 9-12 and 1-4; students typically commit to 4 shifts a week.



In this program, high school students serve after school and/or on weekends for at least 2 hours a week.  As with the summer program, duties include customer service and patient/family support and do not involve clinical exposure or shadowing.

Application information for the 2019-20 school year will appear on the Junior Volunteer Program web page in August.



The hospital welcomes:

Craft packets that include all supplies so that patients can work in their rooms unsupervised. Examples include door hangers, nametags, or small crafts. Place all items in a Ziploc bag with simple instructions a child can follow.

Activity books that contain a few coloring pages, word finds, or crosswords. You can make packets with 5 pages, hole punch one corner and connect with a ribbon for a customized, possibly seasonally inspired, activity packet.

Knitting supplies: cotton yarn – not bulky (any brand and color), size 7 circular knitting needles (small loops preferred, but not necessary), size I/9 crochet hooks.

More ideas and information are here.



Items for infants and adolescents are particularly appreciated.  All items must be new, in original packaging.

Infants: Crib mobiles Musical stuffed animals Cradle gyms Soft rubber dolls Fisher Price brand toys & rattles Infant mirrors Sassy brand items Receiving blankets Infant links

Toddlers: Wooden puzzles, musical toys & boxes, Fisher-Price brand toys,  Playskool brand toys,  push/pull toys, dolls & action figures, Play-Doh (non-toxic), Tonka brand toys,  Matchbox cars,  Buddy-L vehicles.

School aged: Board games- simple, 2+ players,  activity books,  50-piece puzzles,  craft/paint/model sets, Etch-a-sketch, coloring books, crayons & markers (non-toxic), DVDs (rated G and PG).

Adolescents: Sudoku puzzles, Hair supplies/accessories, cross stitch sets, Lego sets,  Playing cards (Uno, Skip-bo), Board games (Chess, Connect 4), PlayStation 2 and Wii games (rated G or PG- 13), advanced craft/paint/model sets, handheld video games, DVDs (rated G or PG), coloring books for adults, 100+ piece puzzles.

More ideas and information are here.




Care kits including: travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, comb, hairbrush, and/or lotion.

New clothing such as plain colored pajama pants, elastic waist shorts, t-shirts, socks, slippers, underwear and onesies.

Fun colored blankets and pillows to brighten patient rooms.

More ideas and information are here.



Blankets comfort patients of any age. Infant flannel blankets should measure 30” x 30”.  Fleece and quilted blankets can measure from 36” x 36” up to 72” x 90”.  Material should be pre-washed.

Volunteers can also make cheerful patterned pillowcases made from soft prewashed fabric or fleece the size of a standard pillowcase.  These are given to patients.

Fun-shaped handmade pillows can bring joy and comfort to patients. Pillows should not be larger than 7” x 10″.

The hospital also welcomes handmade telemetry device holders, finger puppets, hats, and other items.

Guidelines and more information are here.

Time Commitment:
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Training Needed:

“This is Texas Children’s Hospital” Video (3 minutes 35 seconds) (2014)

Available For Scout Eagle or Gold Award Project?

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