At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we are closely monitoring updates from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

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What to expect at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City.

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At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, individuals from all walks of life share their time and talents to enrich the lives of others. Whether working directly with patients, in an office setting or at events, volunteers support the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital in its mission to provide the highest quality of care to children with orthopaedic conditions. 

As a volunteer at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, you will discover a wealth of benefits, including:

  • An opportunity to assist the hospital’s efficiency, helping to ensure more resources for patient care and programs
  • Experience working with kids and families
  • Working in an environment that fosters creativity and independence
  • Exposure to a unique health care environment
  • A sense of satisfaction that comes from giving of yourself to others


Individuals 16 years of age and older may apply to become a hospital volunteer, which includes a commitment to serve 75 hours (50 for students). The volunteer services department reviews all applications to match skills and availability with hospital needs. Applicants are required to take a two-part TB test and get a flu shot, both of which are covered by the hospital. Vaccination records are required to show proof of immunization against mumps and pertussis (MMR and TDAP) and chicken pox. The screening process also includes a background check and drug test. 

Volunteer placement

Volunteer placement is based on the needs of our hospital, the kind of work you wish to do and the times you are available. We work hard to match your interests and talents with the needs of the hospital so that you will have a meaningful volunteer experience.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the majority of our volunteer positions are suspended. While we hope to reinstate all positions in the future, our current opportunities are as follows:

  • COVID-19 screener – volunteer performs temperature checks and asks questions to all personnel entering the hospital. Availabilities most weekday mornings 8 a.m.–10 a.m. and afternoons 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
  • Therapy sanitization – volunteer assists the therapy department with equipment sanitization and organization. There will be occasional observation opportunities. Availabilities Mondays and Fridays 1 p.m.–4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.–noon.

These positions are subject to availability. To inquire further, please contact the volunteer office by calling 801-536-3711 or send an email. Prior to COVID-19, we offered a range of volunteer opportunities, which are listed below. We are hoping to eventually reinstate these positions in a safe and informed manner. Dates for reopening these positions have not yet been determined.

  • Hospital vehicle driver – drives hospital vehicles transporting patients and their families. This is a one day per week commitment with the following time slots available: 8 a.m.–noon, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. (Monday – Friday.) Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and willing to commit to more than the traditional 75-hour commitment due to the additional training involved.
  • Reception desk – directs phone calls to hospital departments. This is a long-term commitment.
  • Greeters – greet and assist incoming patients and families as they arrive and assist with preliminary registration.
  • Pet therapy – sometimes a friendly, cuddly animal offers comfort and support like no human can. Pet therapy volunteers must complete all individual hospital volunteer requirements and their pet must be a member of a formal therapy animal program such as Intermountain Therapy Animals.
  • Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – West, LLC department (orthotic and prosthetic laboratory). This program is for orthotic and prosthetic students only.
  • Sewing – there is an on-site sewing room for all sewing volunteers. Volunteers meet about once a week to work on projects for the hospital. Subject to availability of projects.
  • Recreational therapy – planning and facilitating activities for patients and families.
  • Hospitality Cart volunteer – assists in running the Hospitality Cart (a cart that is stocked with snacks, hygiene items and toys), helping families make selections, restocking and cleaning.

The hospital volunteer experience begins with the application process. Contact the volunteer office at 801-536-3711 or by email.

Community participation

  • Special events: Service clubs, business volunteers and other organizations are invited to support Shriners Hospitals for Children by participating in special events and fundraising activities. To learn more, visit our Fundraising events page. Volunteer needs and activities vary by event. To learn more about opportunities available, please contact our development department at 801-536-3632.
  • Eagle Scout projects: Eagle Scouts have made wonderful contributions to our care of children for years with their projects. A few project examples include making 25 fleece blankets, holding a toy drive and art projects. All Eagle Scout projects must be approved in advance. Solicitation of neighbors or businesses for monetary contributions is prohibited. Contact the volunteer desk at 801-536-3711 about planning, organizing and approving your project.