You may apply to become a hospital volunteer if you are 18 or older. Our volunteer services department reviews your application to match your skills and availability with our volunteer needs and you'll be called for an interview if a potential match is found.
If selected, you are required to provide a current TB test and vaccination records to show that you have been immunized against Tdap, COVID-19, measles, rubella and chicken pox. The screening process also includes a background check, and drug test.
Apply to volunteer today and obtain more information by emailing the volunteer services office or calling 916-453-2087.
Patient Entertainment Volunteers
The Sacramento Ballet, the California Highway Patrol Academy, the Cal Aggie Football Team and local debutantes are just a few of the many groups that enrich the patient experience at Shriners Children’s Northern California. If your group is interested in participating, please call the therapeutic recreation & child life department at 916-453-2232.
Special Event Volunteers
Service clubs, business volunteers and other organizations are invited to support Shriners Children’s Northern California by participating in special events and fundraising activities. Our needs and activities vary from hospital events to help with fundraisers. You can learn about the available opportunities by emailing the volunteer services office or calling 916-453-2087.
Musical Performance Volunteers
As part of the Atrium Series, both amateurs and professionals are invited to fill the hospital with music and song. School choirs, jazz bands, piano players and others are invited to perform in the hospital lobby throughout the year. The music floats through the atrium for patients, families, staff and visitors to enjoy. To schedule a performance, email volunteer services or call 916-453-2087.
Pet Therapy Volunteers
Dogs, cats, rabbits and other friendly animals bring smiles to the faces of children through the hospital’s extensive pet visitation program. You'll need to complete a Pet Partners International workshop and evaluation. Pet therapy volunteers must complete all individual hospital volunteer requirements. Please email or call 916-453-2084 for additional information.
Summer Youth Academy Volunteers
If you are a 16- or 17-year-old student, you may be selected to assist staff in a variety of departments within the hospital. The Summer Youth Academy runs for six weeks, from the middle of June through the end of July, with participants working an average of two four-hour shifts per week. Potential candidates will need to complete the Summer Youth Academy Application, which includes an essay section. Please read and learn more about the specifics of your essay submission. Applications are only accepted between February 1, 2024 and 4 p.m. on April 1, 2024. Applications submitted outside of this time frame will not be processed. If selected, we will invite you to participate in an interview process. Finalists will be selected from that group. If you have any questions, please email volunteer services at SHCNCVolunteer@shrinenet.org or call 916-453-2087
Burn Prevention Programs
Teaching children and families how to prevent the devastating effects of burns is an important part of the Shriners Children’s mission and its Be Burn Aware campaign. The Burn Team at Shriners Children’s Northern California makes learning fun with Safety Begins at Home, an interactive prevention program geared to kindergarten through third grade audiences. The program includes a media presentation, a visit from local firefighters and interactive games. Students who attend receive a T-shirt and coloring book. Teachers are invited to engage students beyond the program with prevention games and other exercises. To schedule, email Joseph Ramos or contact him by phone at 916-453-5049.