Steps to Become a Volunteer

Volunteer at Children's of AlabamaNow that you know information about volunteering at Children's, it is time to take the next step.  Each of these steps must be completed in order before you can go to the next one. Please note: Children’s of Alabama is concerned about the health of our patients, families, guests, employees and volunteers. For this reason, we require an annual flu shot and establishing a negative TB test baseline.  The use of nicotine will disqualify you from employment or volunteer service.

  • Visit Volunteer Opportunities to select your interests.  Make sure what you list on your application in assignment preferences is available at the time you can volunteer.
  • Make Application.  A social security number is required.
  • Please print the Immunization Form and complete section 1 to go with your application.  Your healthcare provider can complete section 2 and return the completed form. The Health Department “Blue Form” or College Medical Record Forms that list all areas on our immunization form are also acceptable and may be attached to fulfill section 2 of our form. You have a maximum of 30 days from your date of application to return a completed form.
  • Complete Online Orientation. Once we have received your application and your completed immunization form, you will be assigned to an online orientation.  You will have 30 days to complete the orientation. Should you need to use another computer to complete the orientation, we can make arrangements for you to use ours. Also if you know of someone who wants to volunteer who is not computer savvy, please have that person contact us at 205-638-5169.
  • Interview/PrePlacement Screening/Photo Made for ID. You must bring your driver’s license to this event. 
  • TB test requirement -  Beginning September 9th, all applicants will be required to establish a baseline TB test at Children’s of Alabama.  This baseline will be established by the two-step TB testing at Children's.  You will receive your first TB test during our interview process, and then will be required to receive a second TB test no sooner than 7 days later but completed before the 22nd day from the first test.  Failure to complete the second test in time will result in your dismissal from the volunteer program.  
  • Volunteer Assignment (Placement).
  • First TB test reviewed two days after given. You may also purchase your volunteer uniform at this time.
  • A specialized training class may be required based upon your assignment.
  • First day to volunteer – Introduction to procedures and requirements.

When can I start?

As you can imagine, we must do everything we can to protect our patients. It takes a while to complete all of the above steps. In ordinary circumstances, onboarding can take as long as a month, so you should allow 45 days to complete the process before you plan to arrive at your first day to volunteer.  We onboard new volunteers every month except December.

If you are applying now, the earliest you will start volunteering Early January 2020 and will complete the 16 week requirement Late April 2020.  Of course you can continue to volunteer for many years,

What else do I need to know?

  • The  usual commitment to volunteer is 3 hours the same day of each week for 16 consective weeks for a total of 48 hours.  For more information contact the appropriate volunteer coordinator.
  • You cannot use nicotine products of any type and volunteer.
  • You must have an annual flu shot.
  • You will have to “unplug” from all electronics while you volunteer - no cell phones, tablets, or personal computer use.  And you must NEVER take a photograph while you are volunteering.
  • Failure to complete a task within 30 days results in you being ineligible to volunteer for one calendar year from the date of your appliction.
  • By no means is the information presented here all the rules, policies and procedures for the Volunteer Services Program.  If you have specific questions, please contact the appropriate volunteer coordinator.  The contact information for the coordinators is listed under each type of volunteer.