Community Service Groups

community service group visiting children

At The Children's Institute, we welcome visits by community service groups and organizations. Not only is it fun for our children to interact with new friends, but it is a rewarding experience and a great way to serve the community in a meaningful way. Our children enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, parties, karaoke and game nights.

If you are interested in volunteering as a community service group, please contact Sarah Miedel, Therapeutic Activities Department Manager, at 412-420-2337 or [email protected].

Your community service organization will be responsible for:

  • Providing all of the materials needed for the activity (excluding select audio and video equipment)
  • Arriving at least 20-30 minutes before the start of the activity to set up and receive any special information or instructions about the patients with whom you will be working
  • Completing confidentiality forms prior to volunteer activity
  • Providing a Pennsylvania Criminal History Clearance and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Background Clearance (both current within 12 months of the event) for each member. If a member is not a PA resident, he or she must obtain an FBI fingerprinting clearance.

Our Developmental Play and Activities Program staff will:

  • Assist in helping to find the most appropriate activity for our current inpatient population
  • Advertise your event to our patients and families and work with staff to transport them to the event
  • Provide a room, tables and chairs

Important Information:

  • Many of our patients have dietary restrictions so we ask there be no food or beverage items brought to the activity. This includes foods which are sometimes used in crafts like macaroni and rice.
  • Structured activities should be one hour or less in duration.
  • The maximum number of community service group volunteers for one evening is six. Depending on the type of event, exceptions may be made as determined by the Developmental Play and Activities staff.
  • Community Service Group activity nights need to be scheduled at least one month in advance.
  • No photographs may be taken on the premises.

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