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Helping Hands Volunteers

Happy Hands volunteers help patient families by providing parents with a few minutes of peace.

Helping Hands volunteers go around the hospital offering the valuable service of sitting with children whose parents need a break.

Volunteers will visit most clinic areas and all inpatient units. As a volunteer, you may be providing special attention to patients while also giving parents or guardians with a needed break or brief respite care. Helping Hands volunteers also assist our nurses and clinical staff by providing amenities to patient families on a needed basis. 


Shifts are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Some shifts are offered on weekend afternoons as well. Each shift lasts three hours.

Helping Hands volunteers must be over 26 years old. Experience with children is strongly preferred. Volunteers in this position should be self-motivated and comfortable with autonomy, as well as being self-directed and able to follow strict guidelines. 

Each volunteer must attend orientation. Additionally, all Helping Hands volunteers must also attend one three-hour detailed training and up to three shadow sessions.

Review our volunteer eligibility requirements and application process >>


Being able to bring a smile to the face of a child in pain or a weary, yet hopeful, parent is my goal. It is a joy to see the St. Jude community work together to make it all work seamlessly. I am glad to have been a part of it all.

- Bridget Beckley

Helping Hands Volunteer, Bridget Beckley

Bridget Beckley
Former Helping Hands Volunteer
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