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Junior Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in the Junior Volunteer Program!  

The application deadline for the 2019 program has passed. If you are interested in being considered for the 2020 Program, please check this website in January 2020 for application instructions and materials.

If you applied for the 2019 program by the deadline and need a reminder of the general information, see below.

General Information about the Program

The Junior Volunteer Program is an opportunity for high school students to provide valuable, voluntary service in their community. Applicants must be 14 years old and have completed 8th grade by June 17, 2019 in order to be eligible to participate. All applicants must have a social security number and plan to be in the metro area of Richmond, VA for the summer of 2019.  Acceptance can be quite competitive, depending on how many applications are received.  This year there are spaces for seventy-five (75) participants in the program. 

The program will last for ten weeks, from June 24, 2019 to August 30, 2019. Volunteer shifts will be set in three-hour blocks between 9am and 4pm on weekdays (Monday-Friday).  Each participant will have a designated, weekly shift, on the same day at the same time, and will be expected to participate for at least eight (8) of the ten (10) weeks. Every volunteer must be able to attend mandatory training the week of June 17-21, and participate during the first week of the program, June 24-June 28Please look at all of these dates carefully before applying. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation.

Volunteer Opportunities for Junior Volunteers

  • Welcoming and Wayfinding: Our large, urban campuses can be difficult to navigate. One of the most important and appreciated roles of our volunteers is to welcome patients and visitors and assist them in locating their appointment or loved one. This type of task is a great way to interact with a variety of people, learn about our complex facility, and gain experience talking with patients and their families.
  • Child Care: The care of well infants, children, and adolescents is an important part of the work that goes on at VCU Health. Volunteer opportunities may include tasks such as reading, engaging in creative activities, playing, and comforting children. Opportunities at our child care facilities offer experience interacting with children and learning about the stages of child development.
  • Clerical and Office Tasks: Volunteers may assist in a variety of ways finding resources, updating information, and completing organizational projects. This is a great way to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on how a healthcare organization works.
  • Working with Children with Disabilities: Volunteers help to provide playtime and companionship to severely disabled children in both group settings and one-on-one sessions. Activities will vary based on the child’s developmental age and abilities. Volunteers must be comfortable working closely with children who may be limited in ability to move, speak, and/or interact.

Note: There will be a limited number of placements in each opportunity during each shift.


How the Application Process Works

The application process is to help find volunteers that are the best fit for a limited number of volunteer assignments.

An application and personal statement must be COMPLETE and submitted by March 1, 2019 in order to be considered for an interview. Late materials will not be accepted. 

Interviews will be offered to a select number of applicants and will take place in March 2019 (we will contact applicants in late February and early March to schedule interviews). This step gives us an opportunity to meet each other.  It will help you, and us, decide if this is the right place for you to volunteer. On your application, you must provide an email address that we will use for communications including an interview invitation, if offered.

Acceptance into the Program

Due to the volume of applications expected, it may take some time to complete interviews.  Once interviews are complete and all decisions have been made, Volunteer Services will notify applicants by email. Individuals who are not offered a placement initially may be placed on a waiting list.

If you are accepted into the Program

Individuals who are offered a placement in the program will be given detailed instructions to complete the participation requirements. Participation is contingent upon meeting our deadlines for completing the following:

  • Submitting a participation agreement form
  • Submitting health screening documentation
    • Immunizations and tuberculosis testing; detailed information will be provided to those accepted into the program
    • It will be the responsibility of each selected applicant to complete the requirements and cover any associated costs
  • Attending a Volunteer Training
    • Multiple dates and times will be offered for the mandatory Volunteer Training the week of June 17-21; detailed information will be provided to those accepted into the program 


If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@vcuhealth.org or (804) 828-0922.