Teens are a valuable resource for the Junior Volunteer program at Hospital for Special Care. They bring enthusiasm and vitality as well as their computer skills and fresh ideas. Patients enjoy many activities with teens: playing video games, having their nails done, doing arts and crafts, playing table games, hanging out, watching movies, reading, checking e-mail and more. Volunteering at Hospital for Special Care gives you a way to change people’s lives, including your own.

You Get to Pick

When it comes to volunteering, it’s not like school: instead of having choices made for you, you get to pick. You can choose what really interests you and what’s most deserving of your time.

You might know someone who has a medical problem or disability. You might be inspired to help but don’t know what you can do. There are many opportunities at Hospital for Special Care.

If you like children, you can play, read, do puzzles, video games, sing, be silly, and make a child smile on our Pediatric Unit. If you like people your own age, there are people you can buddy up with. If you are concerned about adults, there are older patients who would enjoy your visits too.

Teens who volunteer at HSC, say they get more than they give. The truth is, the patients you visit get way more out of spending time with you than you can imagine.

What's Right for You?

Some teens may want direct patient contact, but others who might not, can help with clerical support in the different departments: filing, collating, data entry or copying. Later on, if they want to try something else, they can tell the Director of Volunteers. We encourage open communication, want your feedback, and we can work together to expand your opportunities.

No matter where you volunteer you will make new friends with patients and staff. The main thing is you’re making a difference. Every volunteer, no matter what their job, is part of the big picture, accomplishing our mission to rebuild lives.

What Fits Your Schedule?

Take a look at your schedule and figure out when you have open time. Teens volunteer during the school year: after school, evenings and on week ends. 3pm to 5pm is a popular time slot. Others like to serve on the week end for 2 hours for example, as Therapeutic Recreation volunteers. The minimum commitment for teens is a two to three hour block each week for three to four months for a minimum of forty hours. In the summer, teens can volunteer during the day Monday through Friday.

What's in it for Me?

Expand your mind

  • Learn new skills.
  • Work as a team.
  • Learn new things about yourself: what you enjoy; what you’re good at; get ideas for your career.

Feel good

  • Know you have the power to make a difference in someone’s life

Take responsibility

  • The people you volunteer for depend on you. When you meet that responsibility, it can change the way you look at yourself.
  • Get perspective on your own life: take a break from peer pressure, parent pressure like getting good grades, or a fight with a friend; volunteering lets you focus on others and see that you are doing something meaningful.

Get away from being bored

  • Have a place to go, have fun and be busy doing something worthwhile.

Making good impressions should not be the main reason to volunteer, because if you are volunteering to please others or to look good, you won’t enjoy it. But volunteering shows others (and yourself) that you have made a commitment and are reliable.


  • Looks good on employment or college applications.
  • Shows you’re interested in making the world a better place and willing to give of your time and energy to do it.

What to Expect

When you call the Director of Volunteer Services, 860.827.4774, at Hospital for Special Care feel free to ask any questions you have about volunteering. We may ask you the following questions:

  • Why do you want to volunteer at HSC?
  • How did you hear about us?
  • What are your interests and special skills?
  • What would you like to do as a volunteer?

You can submit an application on line. After review, we invite you in for an interview, which is pretty casual. We’ll talk about your availability and what volunteering you’d like to do then work on placement. When it’s a good fit, volunteering is an incredible experience.

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