Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to volunteer only with infants. Is this possible?
The majority of infants at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center are treated in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), surrounded and cared for by the clincial staff. Parents are also present. Main tasks of a volunteer in the unit include, but are not limited to, escorting and communicating with parents, assisting at the Welcome Desk, assisting with simple clerical tasks, straightening materials in an area, organizing infant clothing and linen closets.
I work during the day. Can I volunteer during the evening or on weekends?
Yes. Opportunities are available in waiting rooms, the gift shop, activity areas, and at the reception desk.
How do I get to Cardinal Glennon from the highway?
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is located at 1465 S. Grand Blvd., between Highways 40 and 44. It is bordered by Park Avenue on the south and Vista Avenue on the north.
From US 40/I-64: Take US 40/I-64 to the Grand Blvd. exit. Travel south on Grand for five blocks. Turn right on Park Avenue and follow the signs to the parking lot.
From I-44: Take I-44 to the Grand Blvd. exit. Take Grand Blvd. north three blocks to Park Avenue. Turn left on Park and follow signs to the parking lot.
How do I get to Cardinal Glennon?
Where do I park?
The Visitor's Parking Garage is reserved for our families and patients. Volunteers park free of charge in the designated staff/volunteer off-site West parking lot, located at the intersection of Park Ave. and Spring, behind the Medical Center. A shuttle transports staff and volunteers back and forth between the parking lot and the Medical Center.
Can I count my volunteer hours toward a service project?
School Service Projects for Juniors and Seniors in High School are completed in partnership with the area schools, following the requirements and guidelines prepared by the participating schools. Service Project hours can only be completed Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. Students must be 17 and older and be supervised by a hospital staff member.
My church youth group would like to volunteer. Can this be arranged?
All group efforts or events must be coordinated through the Child Life Department.
Can people with disabilities volunteer at the Medical Center?
Volunteer Services at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center does not discriminate against applicants based on disability. However, for patient safety, those interested in volunteering must be able to assist patients in various capacities in the event of an emergency.
Is there a dress code?
The personal, professional appearance of SSM Heath Care Volunteers is just as important as that of our employees. Volunteers are required to wear a hospital-issued identification security badge at all times, in addition to a volunteer uniform provided by the Volunteer Services Department.
Are there required immunizations and TB skin test requirements?
To safeguard the health of our patients and comply with Infectious Disease Prevention Protocols, all volunteers must comply with the current health requirements to include: mandatory annual influenza vaccination, annual TB skin testing and the provision of immunization records. SSM Employee/Volunteer Safety coordinates the screenings and the filing of the health information provided.
How do I become a volunteer?
Apply online. For additional information, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at Cardinal Glennon at (314) 577-5696.