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Volunteering at the Hospital

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Whether you work directly with children in playrooms or help delivery the day’s mail, your work as a volunteer through the hospital helps support our full-time staff and our continuing mission:

“Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.”

Becoming a volunteer is easy, but it does involve a few steps which can take some time. This process helps guarantee the safety of our patients, staff and other volunteers. It also allows us to ensure that the needs of the hospital and the volunteer are both met with a good volunteer/position match.

There are different application deadlines and time requirements, depending on whether you’re an adult or student, or if you’ll be participating in a service project. Learn more about these guidelines.

Our application process involves the following steps:

  • Complete the SSM Health volunteer application
  • Meet all of the current SSM Health medical/health requirements for volunteers
  • Provide all necessary information for a background check
  • Submit two references
  • Interview with our Volunteer Director
  • Attend New Volunteer Orientation
  • Now, you’re ready to volunteer!

Contact Us

For more information on becoming a volunteer at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, view our frequently asked questions below or call the Volunteer Office at 314-577-5696. When calling, please leave your name, phone number and indicate your availability and interests.

Other opportunities to support SSM Health Cardinal Glennon

If you’re a former patient or patient family member and feel that volunteering within the hospital is not right for you at this time, consider working with the Glennon Ambassadors. The Glennon Ambassadors are grateful families giving back to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon through physician and employee recognition, family support and overall awareness of the exceptional care at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon.

Frequently Asked Questions

To safeguard the health of our patients and comply with Infectious Disease Prevention Protocols, all volunteers must comply with current health requirements to include: mandatory annual influenza vaccination, annual TB skin testing and the provision of immunization records. SSM Health Employee/Volunteer Safety coordinates these screenings and the filing of all health information provided.

To learn more about how high school students may count volunteer hours to service projects, please see our application processes and guidelines.

Volunteer services at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon does not discriminate against applicants based on disability. However, for patient safety, those interested in volunteering must be able to assist patients in various capacities in the event of an emergency.

You can apply online. For additional information, please contact volunteer services department at 314-577-5696.

Yes, opportunities are available in waiting rooms, our gift shop, activity areas and at the reception desk.

The majority of infants at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are treated in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), surrounded and cared for by our clinical staff and our infants’ parents. The primary tasks of a volunteer in our NICU include, but are not limited to, escorting and communicating with parents, assisting at the Welcome Desk, with simple clerical tasks, straightening materials in an area, organizing infant clothing and linen closets.

The personal, professional appearance of SSM Health volunteers is just as important as that of our employees. Volunteers are required to wear a hospital-issued identification security badge at all times, in addition to a volunteer uniform provided by the volunteer services department.

All group efforts or events must be coordinated through the Child Life Department.

The visitor’s parking garage is reserved for our families and patients. Volunteers park free of charge in the designated staff/volunteer off-site west parking lot, located at the intersection of Park Ave. and Spring, behind the hospital. A shuttle transports staff and volunteers back and forth between the parking lot and the main hospital.

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