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how do I apply to volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the appropriate online application.

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once I submit my application how long will it take to hear from someone?

While we do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible, please allow up to two weeks to hear from us before calling to inquire about your application.

what happens after I apply?

The volunteer resources department operates on an application-interview process. Personal interviews are scheduled after applications have been received. If selected, the prospective volunteer is scheduled to complete new volunteer onboarding appointments. Please note that it can take up to eight weeks from the time we receive your application until your first day of volunteering.

I’d like to come volunteer next week, what do I need to do?

All volunteers must go through the application, interview and onboarding process so we are unable to accept new volunteers for last minute requests.

my college student wants to volunteer. how can I sign them up?

All college students must submit the online volunteer application and contact us with questions themselves. We will not accept an application or phone call on behalf of someone else. Please have them submit the application online and have them contact us with specific questions.

my son/daughter wants to volunteer. How old do they have to be?

Throughout the year you must be 18 and have completed high school to volunteer at Dayton Children’s. During the summer, we offer our volunteen program for high school students ages 16 to 18. Applications for the volunteen program are accepted and available on February 1 each year. If there are additional questions, we ask that the student contact us directly rather than having a parent call. 

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do you offer job shadowing or observation opportunities?

We do offer a job shadow programs to junior and senior high school students and undergraduate college students to shadow various clinical and non-clinical roles during set coordinated dates. 

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I want to rock babies in the NICU. How can I sign up to do that?

Rocking babies in our NICU is our most popular requested volunteer positions. Due to the large demand for this position, this opportunity is not always available. If you are interested in volunteering in another area in the hospital we can get you started there.

my church/school/work group wants to volunteer. What kinds of things can we do and how do we sign up?

Group volunteers are limited at this time. Visit here for more information and to inquire further.

If your group is interested in showing your support with in-kind donations, visit here to learn more about the greatest needs within Dayton Children's.

I have just a few weeks off for Christmas/summer break. can I come volunteer then?

We are unable to accept short term volunteer requests. All volunteers must go through the application, interview and onboarding process and also commit to either 100 hours or one year of volunteering.

when do you begin accepting applications for your volunteen program?

Applications for the summer volunteen program are accepted and available on February 1 each year.

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The volunteer resources department is open M-F from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. They can be reached by phone at 937-641-3333 or by email.

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Anyone interested in volunteering at Dayton Children’s must submit an application online. We look forward to reviewing your application and will be in touch shortly after it is received.

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