When you volunteer with Arts For Life, you join a dynamic network of hundreds of people across the state making a real and lasting difference in the lives of young patients and families battling illness. Arts For Life’s volunteers help our young patients and families in two important ways: Teaching Volunteers and Community Volunteers.
Our teaching volunteers have skills in the arts and a love for working with children. They teach art, music, or creative writing lessons weekly to patients and their family members in our hospital or clinic settings. Sound of interest to you? We accept teaching volunteer applications year-round! However, we only interview and train new volunteers a few times a year. When you submit your application, we will let you know when the next round of interviews will be held.
Teaching Volunteer FAQs
What do you mean by “interviews”?
We always meet with potential volunteers first, not just to make sure that you are a great fit for Arts For Life, but, just as importantly, that Arts For Life is a great fit for you. Consider it an informational interview: We tell you all about our programs, what it’s like to volunteer, and the training process, and you tell us more about yourself. If it’s not the best fit for you to teach art in the hospital, we can tell you about the other volunteer opportunities we offer at Arts For Life or help match you somewhere else.
What is the time commitment required of teaching volunteers?
If the time is right and you have found the perfect volunteer opportunity with Arts For Life, we ask for a weekly commitment of three to four hours. We also require a minimum nine-month commitment, in order to provide consistency and dependability for our patients and families, and so you gain the full amazing benefits of being a teaching team member. If you cannot make that commitment, we may have other opportunities available on a periodic basis.
I’d like to teach art. Can I start next week?
Many of our volunteers are surprised by how long it takes to simply be able to teach art in the hospital! The overall process can take between one and three months to complete, from your initial interview with Arts For Life to your first solo teaching shift.
We send all of our volunteers, fellows, and staff through hospital volunteer training in addition to our Arts For Life training. This includes a hospital orientation and interview, immunization check and TB testing, background check, and hospital training—and that’s not including Arts For Life’s training sessions and shadowing.
We want you to be fully prepared for this special opportunity to work with our young patients and families. We offer lots of support to our volunteers, from training and preparation to ongoing program-related and emotional support.
What ages can volunteer in the hospital?
Our partner hospitals’ policies dictate that volunteers must be 18 years old (and as Arts For Life volunteers are also technically hospital volunteers, we adhere to that as well). If you are 18 or older, we have teaching volunteer opportunities, community volunteer opportunities, and a great internship program.
Want to teach in the hospital? It’s a simple 2-step process:
Then, send an EMAIL to the staffperson in your chapter to introduce yourself and get the ball rolling!
- Asheville: Annie Rogers / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Charlotte: Sarah Ness / email@example.com
- Durham: Alison Griffin / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winston-Salem: Kelsey Brown / email@example.com
Our community volunteers are invaluable in many ways: They increase awareness about our work, help us raise critical funds, assist in important administrative tasks, and directly support our work with children and families. These volunteers help with:
- work in the community (organizing talks/presentations, helping with exhibits/displays of patient artwork, teaching art at community events, and organizing house parties, art sales, or other small fundraisers);
- event planning + implementation;
- program support: preparing projects for use at art tables in the hospital and assembling training notebooks;
- and more.
Sound interesting to you? Drop us a line!