Target House Volunteer Opportunities

Target House is the primary long term housing option for patients at St. Jude. Patients are assigned to Target House if their treatment is scheduled to last more than three months. This house features 96 fully-furnished, two-bedroom apartments, and is sponsored by Target.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

(Placements vary in availability.)

  • Elephant Keeper Volunteers help keep the Arts & Crafts Room ready to use by stocking art supplies, preparing craft kits and neatly displaying artwork. Elephant keepers may also assist with bulletin boards and hanging artwork in the Art Gallery. In addition, they may ready the House for an event, process and organize donated items, help by putting away toys, making welcome bags for new residents, or by replacing games and toys in the common rooms with the new, donated items. Elephant keepers are an important part of the patient experience.
    Requirements: Must have good communication and organization skills. Also, must be able to work independently. Experience with arts and crafts is helpful but not required. Shift times available Monday through Thursday, anytime between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm and Friday between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Event Volunteers lead episodic volunteer events offered by numerous groups generously giving time and effort and sometimes meals to the Target House. They work with Volunteer Coordinator to ensure appropriate orientation to policies and procedures and provide assistance to the group as needed.
    Requirements: Must be able to effectively communicate HIPPA, infection control, and hospital/Target House guidelines to newly recruited volunteers. Must be able to demonstrate leadership while working with volunteer groups. While performing the duties of this placement, the volunteer is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The volunteer must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this volunteer placement include close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Shift times available weekdays, anytime between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

The above individual volunteer positions are for adults ages 18 and up. They require a weekly commitment of 2–4 hours, served on a regular day and time, for a minimum commitment of one year.

For more information or to apply for one of these positions, please see our shift program checklist.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dinner Donors are groups that donate dinners to our families and patients staying at Target House. They provide healthy meals for patients and their families, as well as entertainment and educational activities.
  • Craft/Activity Groups conduct crafts and activities at Target House. Previous activities include paint parties, scrapbooking, karaoke night, bingo, etc.

Group volunteers help make Target House a more welcoming environment for our patients and families. If your group is interested in volunteering in one of the above positions, see Target House Volunteer Events.

Please email for more information about our group opportunities.

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