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Junior Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Junior Volunteer Program!  The deadline for submitting application materials has now passed.  If you are interested in being considered for the 2019 program, please check this site in January.

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 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.  Acceptance can be quite competitive, depending on how many applications are received and how many spaces are available. 

If you applied for the 2018 program, here are some reminders:

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 Training the week of June 18-22, and participate during the first week of the program, June 25-June 29.

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.

  • 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, or interact.

  • 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.

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

  • Complete Volunteer Orientation and Attend Assignment Training

    • Review Volunteer Orientation materials and complete forms prior to Assignment Training

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

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

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