Volunteers make a difference for patients and families at Cook Children's every day by giving the gift of their time and energy in more than 50 departments in the medical center, community clinics and locations throughout Tarrant and Denton County.
Making a difference
When you become an adult volunteer at Cook Children's you'll make a huge difference in the lives of our patients
Playing with patients and siblings in the playroom or at bedside, comforting infants and toddlers, directing visitors, distributing comfort items to parents, and helping in the gift shop are just a few of the many ways our volunteers support patients, families, and staff.
Become an adult volunteer
Adult volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, out of high school, and meet screening and orientation requirements. Volunteer opportunities are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, seven days a week. Placements are scheduled according to staff requests and the volunteer's availability.
Other ways to join our volunteer family
- Employee volunteer application
- Parents as Partners application
- Child Life Summer Student Volunteer Application
Applications for the Summer Student Volunteer Program are open from April 1 – May 1.
College and junior volunteers
Volunteering during college is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain valuable experience. The College Student Volunteer Program runs from September 1st- May 30th.
If you're a teen and you'd like to be part of a program that makes a difference in the lives of patients, become a junior volunteer at
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|Hospitality Cart Ambassador||Offer parents and caregivers a friendly smile and free self-care and comfort items from the Hospitality Cart.||Weekdays
|Panda Care Center of Hope Sibling Center||
Provide companionship and play opportunities to siblings 3 years and older while their brother/sister visit their clinic specialists. (experience with children required)
|Ronald McDonald House Family Room (PICU waiting room)||Provide a comfortable, supportive environment for PICU families. Provide snacks and coffee or activities, books, and toys for siblings. Escort visitors into the unit.||Weekdays
|Patient Registration Escort||Walk families to their destination from registration as you help them feel welcome and at ease. Most escorts are to the same few areas: surgery, radiology, special procedures area (SPA), and ECHO.||Weekdays|
|Emergency Dept. (ED) Waiting Room Ambassador||Provide support and comfort to ED families waiting to be seen. Distribute blankets, snacks, activities, etc. Escort families to and from the patient’s treatment room. Help assure that the experience is as positive as possible.||Weekdays (late afternoons & evenings)
Safety is of the utmost importance in protecting the patients and yourself as you volunteer in the medical setting. Please view the volunteer safety information as part of your training. When you have finished viewing the presentation, please complete the safety review test.
After completing the safety test, you may call or email the volunteer office to set up your orientation date/time.
Existing volunteers, thank you for this past year of dedicated volunteer service. Please click on the following link to complete your annual review paperwork. We look forward to having you with us during the coming year.