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The entire staff of The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center is committed to providing patients the highest level of compassionate care, but they can’t do it alone. It takes smiling faces, happy words, and cheerful hallways. It takes a toy from the Toy Cart, a bingo game, or a movie party. It takes wonderful stories and art activities. It takes volunteers – and that’s where you come in!
Here at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, we have many volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers focus on one simple idea – that the children at the hospital are children first, and patients second. To help decide which volunteer opportunity is the best match for you, we give you the opportunity to consider your interests, your working style, your special talents, and the hours you will be available. Volunteer opportunities are available in both direct-care areas and support areas as well.
Volunteer Opportunities In The Hospital
Neonatal Intensive Care Cuddlers provide special care to newborns through rocking and the power of a soft touch. Volunteers must be at least 25 years of age.
Patient Pals help meet the social and emotional needs of the hospitalized child using free play, arts and crafts, games, and stories in a one-on-one or group setting.
Ronald McDonald House Family Room provides families a home away from home during the day. This area offers laundry and kitchen facilities, as well as sleep rooms. Volunteers help maintain the area, and provide families with information regarding the use of the area.
Surgery Waiting Area volunteers provide information to families while a child is experiencing a surgical procedure.
Wayfinding volunteers provide needed support to families.
Wishing Well Gift Shop volunteers help visitors select from a multitude of items, and all proceeds from the Gift Shop benefit the projects of the volunteer auxiliary.
Volunteers Opportunities Outside the Hospital
Stitch of Love Sewers provide booties, blankets, small pillows, and treatment dolls for patients.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to commit to volunteering three hours a week for twelve months. A Junior Volunteer program is available during the summer for those 14-18 years of age.
All applicants are required to participate in an individual interview. Applicants accepted into the volunteer program must attend an orientation session to prepare them for their volunteer position. New volunteers must also complete a health screening process, the photo ID procedure, and pass a background check. All requirements are provided by the hospital at no cost to the volunteer. Volunteers are asked to make a twelve month commitment to their program.
Ready to start? Contact us to receive a volunteer application.
The Children’s Hopsital Volunteer Services
1200 Everett Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
*Message from TBI Founder & Coordinator Alicia Payne*
You are cordially invited to a joint collaborated meeting on June 17 for a discussion on leading the way to improve the lives for TBI survivors.
Traumatic Brain Injury affects 1.4 million Americans every year. This is a disability that will affect more people than what Breast Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Spinal Cord Injuries, and Multiple Sclerosis will affect COMBINED. But oddly enough you hear more about those topics and other ones than you will hear about TBI.
You can learn a lot from my disability because after sustaining a TBI one acquires other disabilities.
On June 17 from 10-11 a.m. a joint meeting will be held in 106A Classroom Building, which is on Hester Street north of the Student Union. Those of who are at the state level, at OSU, medical professionals and those who are members of TBI Raiders will be attending.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, we will also be using a teleconference number for the event. The information for this is below.
Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7100
Participant Access Code: 966326#
Participant: When prompted, enter the assigned access code, followed by the # key.
Once connected to the free conference call, every caller will be able to talk. Every caller will also have access to the touch tone commands listed below.
Topics that will be discussed are going to be as follows:
- History & data on TBI
- Service-Learning Volunteer Center
- Laws & Legislation
- Online Newscast
- TBI Raiders – non-profit/healthcare business Awareness Initiatives
This is not the order they will be in but all of these topics will be discussed in some length. I hope to bring everyone to the table and begin the discussion for change. I am not expecting any solutions to be made, but would like Oklahoma to lead the way in creating a better life for those of us living with disabilities. I really want us to get more attention in the next election. Those of us living with disabilities are the largest minority group. We can make a difference in who wins.
Since fall ’99 when I began college and becoming politically active, I have enjoyed learning from all of you. So please come to this meeting and let’s collaborate on finding ways to make Oklahoma truly a great state to live in!
Project Linus is a non-profit with a two-fold mission:
- Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
- Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities for the benefit of children.
Project Linus has distributed more than 3 million blankets since its founding in 1995. National Headquarters are located in Bloomington, Illinois. The three Oklahoma chapters are listed here.
How can YOU help?
- Make a blanket and donate it to your local chapter.
- Make a donation.
- Donate fabric and other blanket making materials to your local chapter.
You know a child who needs a blanket…
- Contact the chapter most convenient to the child’s location.
- Check out the Web site FAQs.
National Alliance on Mental Illness needs volunteers to work with on developing the National Alliance of Mental Illness on Campus (NAMI on Campus) and up the scheduled activities for Mental Awareness Week, which is Oct. 4-10. Students with promotional skills or interests are highly needed.
To get involved, contact:
Sandrel Jones Webster