Volunteers are an essential part of the Children’s Mercy family. Our volunteers provide support in a variety of hospital areas and provide services that greatly enhance the hospital experience for patients and families.

How do I apply?

There are more than 900 individuals who volunteer at Children's Mercy; however, we are always in need of more volunteers to assist patients, families and staff. To learn about the application process, please identify yourself by volunteer type. Are you:

High School and college students interested in volunteering at Children's Mercy must complete a health form before consideration into the program. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Volunteer Program

What training will I receive?
Once you are accepted as a volunteer, a member of the Children’s Mercy staff will sign you up for New Volunteer Orientation where you will receive valuable information about volunteering in the hospital. Within a few weeks of your orientation, you will be contacted by your volunteer supervisor to set up your volunteer site-specific training. Volunteer shifts are a weekly three-hour commitment assigned and scheduled over a period of time. 

Do you offer college internships and shadowing opportunities?
No, Volunteer and Guest Services does not offer college internships or shadowing opportunities at this time. 

Where do I park?
Volunteers will receive a parking pass at New Volunteer Orientation if they volunteer at Children's Mercy South or Children's Mercy - Adele Hall Campus. At other Children's Mercy locations, parking passes are not necessary. Parking passes should be clearly visible on the driver's side dashboard. Volunteers receive free, preferential parking at all locations.

Are there short-term volunteer opportunities at Children's Mercy?
Yes! Learn more about corporate and community engagement volunteer opportunities at Children's Mercy. 

Who do I contact if I need more information about volunteering at Children's Mercy?
For general questions and volunteer application status inquiries, please contact Cindy Roberts, Onboarding Manager of Volunteer and Guest Services at volunteer@cmh.edu or (816) 234-3541.

May I bring donations I've purchased or collected and personally deliver them to patients?
Because of privacy laws, you may not personally deliver items to Children's Mercy patients. Learn more about donating toys and other items to Children's Mercy.

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