Volunteer Opportunities: Health & Medicine

Below, I have listed links to different organizations that allow children to volunteer. Most places that take adults will also take teens, but many times they won't take younger volunteers. I have tried to find as many places as I can that let children help out in some way or another. I hope you find my links helpful. And if you know of a place not listed here yet, please let me know by going to my Submit A New Site page.


Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children who travel far for medical attention, and support initiatives to improve pediatric health.

To accomplish all of this, they rely on the generosity of thousands of donors, the ingenuity of local volunteers, and the dedication of their staff.

I have made a few donations to the Ronald McDonald house locally and have made dinner for everyone staying there.

Age Requirement: None, but you do have to have adults volunteering with you.

Ronald Mcdonald House | Find one in Oregon |

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Hospital Volunteers

Relay For LifeSome hospitals will allow youth volunteers to help out on a regular basis. Others will allow specially pre-arranged visits. You will need to call your local hospital to find out for sure.

To become a regular volunteer at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, you are asked to make a minimum commitment of six months of service in most of their volunteer positions. A one-year commitment is required for volunteering in their Emergency Department.

Volunteers are a diverse group of individuals with varied interests, who choose to give of their time and energy to the patients and families at Doernbecher in many different ways. As a volunteer, you are screened for your interests and abilities, and matched with assignments that are well-suited for you.

Age Requirements: To volunteer at Doernbecher, you must be at least 16 years of age for all volunteer opportunities, except for Volunteer Guide. Guides must be at least 14 years of age and in high school. Contact your local hospital to find out their requirements.

Doernbecher Children's Hospital
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Youth Programs for Red Cross

American Red CrossSince 1881, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization.Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

Most states have their own Red Cross websites and their own youth programs. Do a search for your state and check your local website for youth opportunities or give them a call to find out what your local Red Cross offers for kids.

I really like to do fundraising for Red Cross. Something easy to do is a penny drive. You can use a can or jar or big water jug and decorate it with a poster that explains what the money is for. You can set it on a table at a garage sale or sit in front of a grocery store exit (get permission from the manager first!), or even go door to door with a parent. I managed to raise $100 for the tsunami survivors in Japan this way and then Living Social met my donation and doubled it!

Age Requirement: Red Cross does not list an age requirement as it is different for every activity. Most of their "regular" volunteer activities do require you to be 16, however. Make sure to call your local chapter to find out what opportunites will be available to you for sure.

Find Your Local Red Cross | Oregon Red Cross | Oregon Youth | Volunteer Form

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