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  • Volunteering at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Each year, about 1,000 people volunteer at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital. Volunteers must be 14 years old or older, commit to at least 100 hours of total service, be willing to help others and have an interest in the health care community.

    The volunteer department at Rhode Island Hospital offers volunteer positions for both teens and adults. The following positions are sometimes available for adult volunteers:

    • Greeters
    • Family liaisons
    • Emergency room
    • Gift shop
    • Nurse aides
    • Office support
    • Pet therapy
    • Physical therapy
    • Patient visitors
    • Recovery room
    • Art Therapy


    All volunteers at Rhode Island Hospital must:

    • Attend a one hour volunteer information session  
    • Submit a complete application with references
    • Interview with volunteer services staff
    • Provide an updated immunization record
    • Submit to two tuberculosis tests
    • Complete an orientation about hospital policies and procedures
    • Commit to a minimum of two to four hours each week for at least 100 hours
    • If under the age of 18, submit a signed permission slip
    • Adhere to uniform and dress code policy
    • Complete a criminal background investigation.
  • High School Summer Volunteers

    Please check this website for information about volunteer opportunities.

    High school students interested in volunteering during the summer at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's hospital must first attend a one-hour information session. Students must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at Rhode Island Hospital. To volunteer at Hasbro Children's Hospital, students must be 17 and a senior in high school, or 18 and older. Students under 18 must submit a signed permission slip. Students who are new to the Rhode Island Hospital volunteer program will be placed as a volunteer greeter.  

    The summer program typically starts in the third week of June and ends the second week of August. Students must complete at least six weeks out of the eight-week program. Certificates will be given after the student has successfully completed the program.

    Volunteers will be asked to complete the following, after attending an information session:

    • Interview with the volunteer manager or coordinator
    • Provide an updated immunization record
    • Undergo two tuberculosis tests
    • Submit signed permission slips
    • Complete an orientation
    • Commit to eight hours per week
    • Adhere to uniform and dress code policies

    For more information, call the volunteer office at 401-444-5530 or e-mail

  • There will be no volunteer information sessions in July or August.

    Fall volunteer information sessions will be posted at the end of the summer.