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How to Become a Volunteer

Find a volunteer program that fits your interests - we have several on-site volunteer opportunities for you to help St. Jude patients.

COVID-19 Notice to Volunteers

For the safety of our patients and families, we are not accepting applications for new volunteers at this time. 

We hope to open applications in early 2022.  


Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are selected following a four-step process. Before applying, please review the eligibility for a St. Jude volunteer:

  • Live within 50 miles of the hospital.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older and not enrolled in high school.
  • Make at least an eight-month commitment, which includes three or more four-hour shifts each month. 
  • Pass a criminal background check. St. Jude does not accept volunteers performing court-ordered community volunteer service hours. 

For more information on eligibility and requirements, please visit our FAQ page.

*Current volunteers may be placed on a stand-by list for available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. For details, please email


Volunteer Application Process

  1. Before completing our online application, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our volunteer requirements and volunteer opportunities. The online aplication will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete, and we encourage applicants not to leave blanks in the application. 

    We are fortunate to have a large number of applicants interested in volunteering with St. Jude. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer volunteer positions to all who apply. 

  2. Once your application has been reviewed, you will need to complete training via our online videos and training manuals. This may take up to three hours, but it does not have to be finished in one sitting. You will also need to complete and provide health and immunization screenings and tests: 

    • Flu vaccination during flu season (September-April)
    • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
    • TB screening and clearance
    • COVID-19 vaccination*

    All vaccinations and TB tests are free through the hospital's Occupational Health department. You can also complete the screenings at your healthcare provider or walk-in clinic. 

    *Current volunteers may be placed on a stand-by list for available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. For new volunteers, proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required for your application to be approved. For details, please email

  3. You must attend volunteer orientation before you are able to volunteer at the hospital.

  4. You must pass a background check through Volunteer Resources before you can start.

  5. After your criminal background check is completed, you will receive a volunteer position and meet your supervisor. Volunteer positions require a secondary, specialized training before you can begin. 

    For Current Hospital Volunteers

    Visit our Volunteer Community for resources and information created just for you.

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