Junior Volunteer Program

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 18, 2018 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 2018.  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 25, 2018 to August 31, 2018. Volunteer shifts will be a three hour period between 8am-4pm on weekdays.  Each participant will be expected to arrange transportation to volunteer during their designated shift, on the same day at the same time, for at least eight (8) of the ten (10) weeks. Every volunteer must be able to attend mandatory Volunteer Orientation the week of June 18-22, and participate during the first week of the program, June 25-June 29.  Please look at these dates carefully before applying.

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.

  • Pediatrics and Child Care: The care of infants, children, and adolescents is a large 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 our pediatric patients. Opportunities at our child care facilities offer experience interacting with young 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.

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 2, 2018 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 2018 (we will begin contacting applicants on February 19 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 communication, including interview invitation (if applicable).

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 Orientation

    • Multiple dates and times will be offered for the mandatory Volunteer Orientation the week of June 18-22; detailed information will be provided to those accepted into the program 

Ready to apply?

Check to make sure you:

  • Will be 14 by June 18, 2018

  • Have a social security number

  • Will be available the weeks of June 18-22 and June 25-29

  • Are able to commit to volunteering for 8 of the 10 weeks of the program (June 25- August 31)

  • Will have transportation to and from your regular, weekly 3 hour shift

After the applicant and parent/guardian has reviewed the information on this page:

  1. Click here to fill out the application

  2. Click here to complete the personal statement form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

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