Ways to Give
Volunteer Your Time
Pediatric volunteers play an important role in the healthcare experience of many children and families by sharing of their time and talents. A hospitalized child or teen can be fearful, anxious, and lonely. Friendly, caring volunteers help make this a more positive experience. Volunteers spend their time in a variety of tasks, from rocking an infant to chatting with an adolescent to handing out toys donated through the Pirate Fund. Their time and commitment are greatly appreciated by both families and staff. Parents or guardians often need a break or are simply not able to be here all of the time and the presence of a volunteer can make a big difference.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, but generally must be 18 or older. Opportunities for high school students exist in the drop-in care and toy lending areas. A summer program is also offered for students ages 14-17. Summer student volunteers commit to a minimum of three hours per week for 10 weeks. Other volunteers are asked for a year-long commitment.
For more information, please call Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.
Full-time internships in child life are offered to those who meet the academic requirements for national child life certification. Call the Child Life office at (585) 275-9878 for applications.
The vast majority of the toys and materials we use in our daily programming are donated. We only take toys that are plastic and can be washed.
View our Wish List on the Golisano Children's Hospital Giving site.
We do accept donations of funds to help support the ongoing activities offered both in the hospital and in the out-patient areas. Many of the items in the play areas have been graciously donated by the community.
Visit the Golisano Children's Hospital Giving site to make an online donation.