At the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, individuals from all walks of life share their time and talents to enrich the lives of others. Whether working directly with patients or in an office setting, volunteers support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to provide the highest quality of care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are several ways to volunteer.
How to help: More information can be found here.
Individuals 18 years of age and older may apply to become a Hospital Volunteer. The Volunteer Services Department reviews all applications to match skills and availability with volunteer needs. Applicants are called for an interview when a potential match is found. When selected by a department, volunteers are required to provide a current TB test and vaccination records to show that they have been immunized against measles, rubella, and chicken pox. The screening process also includes a background check, and drug test.
The Hospital volunteer experience begins with the application process. Apply online by clicking here.
Or, you may request an application by calling the Volunteer Services Office at 916-453-2087.
- Patient Entertainment: The Sacramento Ballet, the California Highway Patrol Academy, the Cal Aggie Football Team and local Debutantes are just a few of the many groups which enrich the environment of care through volunteerism. If your group is interested in a patient entertainment activity, please call the Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life Department at 916-453-2232.
- Special Events: Service clubs, business volunteers and other organizations are invited to support Shriners Hospital by participating in special events and fundraising activities. Volunteer needs and activities vary by event and include everything from hospital events to help with fundraisers. To learn about opportunities available, please contact Volunteer Services at 916-453-2087.
- Atrium Series: Amateur and professionals alike are invited to fill the hospital with music and song as part of the Atrium Series. School choirs, jazz bands, piano players and others are invited to perform in the hospital lobby throughout the year. The music floats through the atrium to positively impact all patients, families, staff and visitors. To schedule a performance, call Volunteer Services at 916-453-2087.
For more information on our Community Outreach, please visit here.
Summer Youth Academy
The Summer Youth Academy is available for students 16 and 17 years old. The Academy runs for 6 weeks from the middle of June through the end of July with participants working an average of two 4-hour shifts a week. While participating in the program, students are placed in a variety of departments within the hospital to assist staff. Applications/essays are accepted from January 15th until noon April 1st.
If you would like to apply for the program, please visit our Summer Youth Academy page for more information. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process. Finalists will be selected from that group. We look forward to receiving your application! If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at 916-453-2087.
Pet Therapy Program
There’s no bark about it. Dogs, cats, bunnies and other outgoing animals bring smiles to the faces of children daily through the hospital’s extensive pet visitation program. All candidates must complete a Pet Partners International workshop and evaluation conducted by the Shriners Hospital Pet Therapy Coordinator. Pet therapy volunteers must complete all individual hospital volunteer requirements. Please call 916-453-2087 or go online for an application.