The mission of the Department of Volunteer Services and the Children's of Alabama Auxiliary is to "Put our hearts to work to enhance the services and mission of Children's of Alabama by serving the children, families and visitors with respect, love and compassion."
In order to meet this mission, as a volunteer, you must have a servant's heart, put others first, and have a genuine love for children while respecting the diversity of the population we serve. It isn't all about us and our needs, those might not even come second or third. It is about keeping a commitment to the patients and their families.
Most volunteer organizations measure success in the number of hours volunteers give in a year. At Children's we have an additional and more personal way of measuring your success! Success at Children's of Alabama is measured in the difference volunteers make. As a Children's volunteer, each time you leave you should feel that you have made a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and our guests. Service is our measure of success; and no matter how you measure it, our volunteers consistently exceed the expectations of our patients, families and guests.
Some examples of successful volunteer service include:
- Giving a smile to everyone you see - you never know how important that may be.
- Stopping to take a few extra minutes to escort a family to their destination - we are a large campus and they are stressed enough just to be here, how much worse is it when they are lost too?
- Playing Wii in the activity room - kids of all ages love it when you take the time to play and when they beat you.
- Staying with a child while the parent goes to get a meal, take a quick break or to check on the other children.
- Helping keep families informed during a surgical procedure - you can really ease someone's mind about their child with just a little information.
- Assisting professional staff so they can concentrate more on patient care—we aren't licensed or certified, but we can help.
- Extending common courtesy such as allowing our patients and guests to get on the elevator first - seriously this is HUGE. They have appointments to keep, or a sick child to get back to.
Of course we do still keep a record of your volunteer hours, and we are enormously proud of more than 60,000 hours of volunteer service last year, but we do so much more than can be measured by a time clock. Think of why you want to volunteer. It really has very little to do with getting credit for time served...does it? Come join the excitement, and learn more about how to become a volunteer at Children's of Alabama by following the steps below.
All prospective volunteers can now apply online.
To apply on-line, please do the following:
- Review the volunteer opportunities by clicking on the tab in the upper left hand corner
- Click on and read the Information All Volunteers Should Know
- At the bottom of that page, click on and read the DOs and DON'Ts of Volunteering
- At the bottom of that page, click on the application link
- Remember you are responsible for knowing all of this information
You can also contact at 205-638-9695 for to volunteer.