Volunteers are an important asset to the Child Life Program. They help provide typical play activities to children visiting the University of Maryland Children's Hospital on the inpatient units and outpatient clinics. They also help child life staff maintain a clean and safe environment.

Volunteer Positions

Inpatient Volunteer: Volunteers on the inpatient unit assist in the play rooms or at a child's bedside by providing play or recreational activities for children and families. Typical activities may include holding infants and toddlers, playing with children in our playroom, facilitating arts and crafts activities, playing board or video games, or assisting the child life team with special events.

Outpatient Volunteer: Volunteers in the outpatient clinic assist with play activities in the waiting area with children, adolescents and parents as they are waiting to see the doctor. Outpatient clinic volunteers help children feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit through the use of activities like reading stories, facilitating arts and craft activities, playing board games, watching a movie together, or playing with toys.

Volunteers must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Commit to a schedule of 3-4 hours per week for at least a total of 75 hours

*Please note that our volunteers provide services that are strictly comforting in nature and are not able to shadow nurses, doctors, and clinicians or to take vital signs or observe procedures.

Volunteer hours occur between 10am and 7pm Monday ”“ Friday. Weekend volunteer opportunities are possible after 3 months of volunteering with the Child Life Program. Please call Renee at 410-328-7440 for current volunteer openings. 

Apply to become a child life volunteer through our Volunteer Services Department or call 410-328-5600.

To volunteer for the NICU Cuddler Program, call 410-328-4598 or 410-328-6716.