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At The Children's Institute, volunteers play a vital role in all of our programs. We are proud of the individuals who choose to give their time and abilities to help others. The hours they contribute and the help they provide are an amazing gift to the children and families we serve.

The Children’s Institute at this time is accepting applications from volunteers, interns, and work-study students who are available to assist with our Day School Program. We accepted applications for the Spring through the beginning of March. The Day School volunteers and interns should be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday- Friday one day during the week. We also are looking for students interested in volunteering at our Pleasant Hills satellite on Thursdays.

If you are unavailable to volunteer during this window of time, please wait to submit an application until more opportunities become available.

We will begin accepting applications for summer internships and volunteers at the end of March.

If you are unavailable to volunteer during this window of time, please wait to submit an application until more opportunities become available.

Volunteer Requirements

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 Applications may emailed, mailed or dropped off:

[email protected]

The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Attn: Monica Smith

Drop off:
Drop off your application at the Information Center at the main door. 
Importance of “The Match”

Because our volunteers are so valuable, we take the time to carefully match their needs and skills with available positions. We ask that all applicants note their specific area of interest in volunteering (e.g.: The Day School Classrooms, Patient Care, administrative/office, etc). Noting your area of interest will help to facilitate a better match between our volunteers and the Children's Institute.

Volunteers may interact with children, families, therapists, and teachers. Because we are focused on rehabilitation, most of our children are not as medically dependent or fragile as those in an acute care setting. Because of this, volunteers at The Children’s Institute enjoy more direct contact with children than they may experience in other settings.

The Children’s Institute is currently experiencing a high volume of inquiries from individuals interested in volunteering. At this time, we are placing volunteers and students on a first come, first serve basis, determined by the date the application is received. Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, it may take several weeks to schedule a volunteer interview following your application approval. Thank you for your patience!

Examples of Volunteer Placements:

  • Providing assistance in instructional and recreational programs, either during the day or in the evening in the swimming pool areas.
  • Spending time with young patients, providing companionship or assisting with therapy programs in various units of The Hospital.
  • Acting as a classroom aide, fulfilling a variety of needs in The Day School. This is a great opportunity for college students studying special education.
  • Assisting in the pediatric physical, occupational or speech therapy departments. Volunteers may help with everything from computer programming to working hands on with the children.
  • Providing essential clerical services in various departments throughout The Children's Institute. Some volunteers prefer not to interact directly with the children but still want to contribute. They provide valuable support services that keep The Children’s Institute running smoothly.


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