Volunteer Programs at Le Bonheur

Published On 07/11/2011

We offer a variety of opportunities for individuals, groups, high school and college students to volunteer or shadow at Le Bonheur.  Please read below for an overview of our current opportunities to get involved.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Activity Cart - Volunteers take a cart of arts and crafts, games, and activities room to room on the inpatient units and engage in activities in the patient’s room. 

Baby Hugger - Volunteers interact with patients on the intensive care unit floors by rocking, soothing, cuddling, reading books and providing other age-appropriate activities.  The intensive care unit floors include patients ranging from newborns to toddlers.  Our baby hugger position is full at this time. We will update this website as soon as our availability changes. 

Child Life Rooms– Volunteers facilitate play in the Pre-Teen/Teen room, provide creative outlets for our patients and families in the Creative Arts room or host movies in the Room of Magic movie theater.

Emergency Department – Volunteers assist staff, families, and patients by helping with the following: respite care for parents, entertainment or supervision of siblings, staff errands, and cleaning toys.

Unit Buddy -- Volunteers interact with patients on the inpatient floors by playing games, reading books and providing other age-appropriate activities.  The inpatient floors include patients ranging from infants to teens.

Reach out and Read – Volunteers read books aloud to patients, siblings and family members in Le Bonheur's outpatient center waiting areas.

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above please click here to apply online!

Looking for a one time volunteer event?  Volunteer at a Le Bonheur Foundation special event, like the Pumpkin Run 5K or Enchanted Forest.  View a list of upcoming Foundation events by clicking here.  Contact Joanie Taylor at joanie.taylor@lebonheur.org to assist with fundraising events

Summer College Program

Summer College Program 2017

The application deadline for Summer 2017 has passed.  Notifications for the 2017 Summer Sessions will be made by Wednesday, May 17th.  Please check back with our website in February 2018 for Summer 2018 information.  For questions or additional information, please contact the Volunteer Services team at lbvolunteers@lebonheur.org.

Group Opportunities and/or Special Events

Arts & Crafts Activity - Plan crafts for patients and siblings ages 2-18. Host the activity by assisting patients in assembling the crafts. The group/organization is responsible for providing the activity and supplies. Volunteers of any age welcome. Group size: 8-10 people

Event Space Performances - Perform puppet shows, musical presentation, dancing, magic show, etc. Please provide song list for all performances. Activities/performances must be family-friendly. Volunteers of any age are welcome. Group sizes will vary.

Game Day - Host a game day in the event space. Your group is responsible for providing the games. Volunteers of any age are welcome. Group size: 8-10 people.

Room to Room Visits - Collect non-medical items for patients, such as books, toys, or stuffed animals, and deliver them room to room. Groups may also host a special event in the main event space to distribute items. Volunteers must be 14 years old to visit the hospital units. Group sizes will vary.

For more information on hosting a special event or to fill out the application, download the Group Volunteer/Special Event application.

Summer VolunTEEN Program

Summer VolunTEEN Program 2017

The application deadline for Summer 2017 has passed.  Notifications for the 2017 Summer Sessions will be made by Thursday, May 25th.  Please check back with our website in February 2018 for Summer 2018 information.  For questions or additional information, please contact the Volunteer Services team at lbvolunteers@lebonheur.org.

Alternative Break Groups

Le Bonheur is fortunate to be a volunteer site for college students spending their spring, fall or winter break participating in community service activities. College and university students from across the United States come to Le Bonheur to give of their time to support the patients and families. Opportunities include providing activities to patients on nursing floors and waiting areas, assisting Child Life in the Creative Arts Room and Pre-Teen/Teen Room, sitting with patients as a Unit Buddy, and holding babies as a Baby Hugger.

Interested colleges/universities must schedule dates at least two months ahead of time to ensure a spot. Applications must be in at least one month prior to visiting. Contact Volunteer Services at (901) 287-5225 for more information.