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MWPH has two campuses that offer volunteer positions. Our main campus, in Baltimore, is located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood, just off Northern Parkway. The satellite campus is located within the UM Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Patient Contact Positions

Child Life Department: Provides therapeutic development and rehabilitation through play with the patients. Volunteers work with the therapists in two different areas:

  • School Aged and Adolescent (SA/A) Program (children ages 2-18) – Baltimore campus only)
  • Infant and Early Childhood (IEC) (newborn to age 3) – Baltimore campus and PG campuses)
  • Note: A limited number of Summer IEC and SA/A positions are  available for those students only able to work between May and August. 

These rewarding positions focus on helping each child reach their growth and development milestones. Each program requires significant orientation and training. The following outlines the duties and responsibilities of these two positions:

  • Must be 18 years or older 
  • Requires a minimum of 100 hours a year of service.
  • Ideally, volunteers will provide a two hour commitment on the same day and time, each week for one year. The consistency allows us to plan your time so you can be fully engaged with each child and assist our staff with an important rehabilitation activity. (We understand circumstances may require you to change your time commitment and we work to ensure you are able to find the right schedule for you.) 
  • You must be able to lift up to 25 pounds. 
  • You must be able to get down on the floor and have strong balance and support to interact and play with the children. 
  • Extensive training is provided to work with our medically fragile children. You may care for a child who has an active illness. Part of our training teaches you how to use personal protective equipment (gown, gloves, and mask) to keep you and the child safe during your visit.
  • Each child is unique and special in their own way. You may be assigned a child that is not as responsive as another child, but will benefit from the same care, nurturing and attention.
  • In addition to your time with the children, you will also be needed to assist with toy washing, documentation of visits and picking up after play. 

Nursing Department: Provides the day to day nursing care for patients on the units. Volunteers work with patients in two areas. Shifts are in two hour increments and the needs are 7 days a week, 8 am-8 pm.

  • Cuddlers - cuddle, swaddle and rock our babies to soothe and comfort them when their parents or caregivers cannot be with them. These positions provide enormous support to our nursing staff as well as the infants. (Baltimore and PG Campuses)
  • CPAR Buddies – provide companionship to our older patients (toddler – 18 yrs). Time spent with these children may include playing cards or board games, reading stories, coloring, arts and crafts or creative play. (Baltimore campus only)

Outpatient Feeding Day Program: A multidisciplinary program that helps children, (typical ages 2-6 years) with feeding disorders to overcome them. The program operates 8am-4pm, Monday thru Friday. 

  • Feeding Day Playroom Assistants - Volunteers would help in the playroom by reading stories and playing games with the patients. Shifts are in two hour increments Monday - Friday, 10 am - 2 pm.

Requirements for Nursing and Feeding Day program positions:

  • Must be 18 years or older 
  • Require a minimum of 100 hours of service a year.
  • Ideally, volunteers will provide a two hour commitment weekly. Our online scheduling allows for a variety of options to volunteer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • You may care for a child who has an active illness. Part of our training teaches you how to use personal protective equipment (gown, gloves and mask) to keep you and the child safe during your visit. 
  • Volunteers do not feed, diaper or bathe infants

Volunteers also assist with folding and straightening of our linen and clothing closets.


Non-Patient Contact Positions 

Hospitality is an essential aspect to making our patients feel welcomed and at ease during their visit with us. 

  • Hospitality Cart: Delivers comfort items to parent/caregivers on our inpatient units and outpatient waiting areas. The items on our cart include magazines, coffee, tea and toiletries. (Baltimore campus only)
  • Donation Organizer: MWPH receives clothing, books and toiletry donations throughout the year. These items are passed along to families visiting with us and those in the community in need. Managing the donations and keeping them organized helps our staff be able to stay on top of the items and provide them in a timely fashion. (Baltimore campus only)
  • Clerical: Have computer skills using Excel, MS Word, filing, restocking inventory. Departments in the hospital use this service to help them with the administrative elements of the hospital. Positions are Monday thru Friday 8 am – 5 pm.

Requirement for Non-Patient Contact Positions: 

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Require a minimum of 100 hours of service a year.
  • Ideally, volunteers will provide a two hour commitment on the same day and time, each week for one year. (We understand circumstances may require you to change your time commitment and we work to ensure you are able to find the right schedule for you.) 
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs.