Welcome to the Volunteer Program at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola. We have a variety of opportunities available for adults interested in volunteering in a pediatric health care environment. Volunteers provide invaluable support to our pediatric patients, their families, and our staff in our waiting rooms, care settings and even satellite locations. Our goal is to match your interests and skills with the needs of the children we serve.
All volunteers receive online and in-house training to prepare them for their volunteer positions. Below are brief descriptions of positions available. Volunteer opportunities are available in four-hour shifts Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon or 1–5 p.m. Openings for these positions change constantly.
We strive to match volunteers with an assignment, day and time that best meets their needs as well as ours. Positions are subject to availability.
Recreational Activities for Children
Volunteer pet visitation teams provide lots of "puppy love" to patients and their families in the waiting rooms. All dogs must have an annual certification and insurance from a pet visitation accrediting organization. Pets must be bathed within 24 hours of visiting our patients. Teams usually volunteer for a two-hour shift twice a month.
Optional Additional Service: On alternate weeks, volunteers may volunteer in the play areas with the children for four hour shifts during the weeks that they are not bringing their pet to visit.
Play Areas Assistance
This is a very popular and fun volunteer activity. Volunteers provide recreational activities to patients in our waiting rooms. If you like to play, do arts and crafts and color, then this is the volunteer position for you. Children love to shape fuzzy sticks into flowers, turtles and other cute designs. Do you enjoy reading? Share that love with children gathering a group together and reading out loud to the patients.
Magical Mobile Puppet Theater
Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Here is your opportunity to perform short skits with books using puppets for the patients in the waiting rooms.
If you have previous experience as a clown and want to entertain pediatric patients, you will have a new volunteer home at Nemours. Whether you do hand and face painting, perform magic tricks or tell funny stories, your talents are sure to delight children of all ages.
Greet patients, families and visitors as they enter the lobby. Help new patients and their families feel special by escorting them to their clinic on their first day.
Off-Site Distance Volunteering
Hand-Made Items for Our Patients
Children feel special when they receive items that are handmade just for them. Volunteers who wish to participate in our distance volunteering program can sew, crochet and knit afghans, lap blankets, hats and Boo-Boo cloth dolls for our children at home. Woodcrafters can carve handmade cars, twirling tops, magic wands and other delightful toys. It's all about bringing a smile to a child's face.
Office Staff Support
Assist staff by copying, filing and answering telephones. Your time and skills will be put to good use!
How to Apply
Please note: We are currently accepting for adults, college students, and high school students (must be 16 years old by June 1st.)
All volunteers must:
- contact the Nemours Volunteer Services Department to request an online application
- gain medical clearance including a tuberculosis test, an immunization titer, and a urine drug screening (all costs covered by the clinic)
- clear background screenings, including — but not limited to — two personal references
- participate in an interview with the Director of Volunteer Services
- complete an online orientation prior to volunteering
- make a commitment to serve at least 50 hours per year
- serve a four-hour shift once per week in a designated time slot
All applicants must:
- be able to speak and understand English
- be willing to learn the skills necessary to be competent in their duties
- have a helpful and caring attitude and a respect for confidentiality
Becoming a Nemours volunteer allows you to:
- explore career opportunities
- contribute to your community
- meet interesting people and learn new skills
- receive a free annual flu vaccine
- gain invaluable learning experiences in a health care setting