New volunteer applications are currently being accepted at our Asheville and Winston-Salem chapters. We are not onboarding new volunteers at our Charlotte chapter at this time.
When you volunteer with Arts For Life, you join a dynamic network of creative people across North Carolina making a real and lasting difference in the lives of young patients and their families.
Our volunteers have a passion for the arts and a love for working with children. The large majority of Arts For Life volunteers teach visual art, which may include (but is certainly not limited to): crafts, drawing, painting, printmaking, origami, paper craft, collage, and sculpture. All chapters offer placements for creative writing volunteers, and our Asheville and Winston-Salem chapters offer placements for music volunteers as well.
At Arts For Life, we are committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment for all participants and volunteers in our programs, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religious and political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We invite you to join us in our effort to create a fully inclusive workplace where everyone’s skills and abilities are appreciated.
(Pssst…need a little more info? Scroll down to the Volunteer FAQs below.)
Want to be an Arts For Life volunteer?
It’s a simple 2-step process.
Then, EMAIL the staff person in your chapter to introduce yourself and get the ball rolling!
Asheville: Madeline Geier / firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte: Katharine Phlegar Broughton / email@example.com
Winston-Salem: Betsey McLawhorn / firstname.lastname@example.org
This sounds great! 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.
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. An interview allows us the opportunity to see where your skills and passions might fit into our programs, and it allows you the opportunity to evaluate how Arts For Life might fit into your weekly schedule.
What is the time commitment required of volunteers?
Arts For Life volunteers commit to a once-weekly volunteer shift 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.
What ages can volunteer?
Arts For Life volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.