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 TB test.  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.
  • 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/TB Screening. You must bring your driver’s license to this event. If you had a TB test within the past 12 months or have a previous positive TB test with documentation that you are disease free, please bring this documentation with you to this event.
  • Volunteer Assignment (Placement).
  • 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 February 2018 and will complete the minimum 16 week requirement in Early May 2018.

What else do I need to know?

  • The minimum commitment to volunteer is 3 hours the same day of each week for 16 consective weeks for a total of 48 hours.
  • You cannot use nicotine products of any type and volunteer.
  • You must have an annual TB skin test.
  • 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.