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Opportunities for Volunteers with Disabilities

Children’s Mercy volunteers play a critical role in providing a positive experience for our patients and their families. There are volunteer opportunities available for all of our community members, including individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions.

As a volunteer, you can make a difference for our patients, families, visitors and staff every day. The kids at Children’s Mercy are counting on you!

Making an impact is accessible for everyone

Our special P.A.V.E. (Providing Accessible Volunteer Experiences) program offers additional application support and training to individuals with disabilities who are interested in volunteering, especially former or current patients of Children's Mercy.

If you'd like to know more about our P.A.V.E. program and how you can join the team, please fill out the Project RISE form below.

Volunteer requirements for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions


  • Age: Volunteers are over the age of 16.

  • Health and background clearance: The health and safety of our patients and their families is paramount, so volunteers will be required to pass a background check, complete a health form and maintain current vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Independence: Our volunteers are expected to perform core volunteer duties independently, after an initial training period.

Making a difference in her own way

As a former Children’s Mercy patient, Catherine is grateful for the outstanding medical care she received to treat challenges related to her cerebral palsy. But she also knows the importance of a smile when patients and families arrive for a visit or treatment. That’s why she volunteers at the Kreamer Resource Center. “We all can make a difference in our own way,” Catherine said. “I try to make the day a little brighter for our families.”

Catherine tells her story about being a patient at Children's Mercy.