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Child Life & Music Therapy Program

Volunteering at MU Children’s Hospital

As a child life volunteer, you play an important role in providing recreational, educational and emotional support to patients and their families. Your primary function is to assist child life specialists in providing diversion activities that support normal growth and development for hospitalized children and adolescents. With your help, we hope to promote a positive sense of self-esteem and a positive hospital experience for our patients.

Specific Duties:

  • Work with children individually and in groups in the playroom, activity room or at bedside
  • Supervise activities within the playroom and activity room
  • Provide positive reinforcement to hospitalized children
  • Provide Playroom maintenance and clean up during scheduled shift
  • Ensure the safety of all pediatric patients in the playrooms
  • Communicate with child life specialists in order to discuss the census and other issues concerning your shift
  • Various other tasks assigned by child life specialists

For more information about volunteering at Children's Hospital, please contact Kay Steward at (573)-882-4714.

Visit the University of Missouri Health Care volunteer page.

Send a Cheer Card

Do you have a friend or family member that you wish to send your thoughts and wishes to? Send them a card.

Giving to Children's Hospital

MU Children's Hospital strives to provide the highest quality care for children throughout Missouri - regardless of their family's ability to pay. Thousands of people like you have helped Children's Hospital in this mission through gifts of talent, time and financial support. Learn more about our giving opportunities. Donate today!

Contact Us

If you have specific questions about how to best plan your gift to MU Children's Hospital, please contact:

Keely McDannold
Senior Director, MU Health Advancement
573-884-2229

Kristen Fritschie
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events
573-882-5686

Katie Zimmer
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events
573-882-6245