Howard Phillips Center Volunteer FAQ

How old do I have to be to volunteer? 
Because of the nature of our services, you must be 18 years or older.

Will volunteering help me secure a paid job at The Howard Phillips Center or a hospital at Orlando Health? While you will gain great experience in a healthcare/social service setting, volunteering is not a means for securing employment.

I want to work with abused children (or children with developmental delays, or teens, , etc.). Can I be placed in an area with clients?
Because of our need for extreme client confidentiality, volunteers do not work directly with our clients. However, our volunteers are a critical part of the services we provide and therefore they indirectly provide support for all of our clients.

Do my hours carry over to another Orlando Health facility? 

Can I volunteer in more than one area? 
We ask that you stay in your assigned service area for at least 12 weeks, unless you are completely unhappy.

Can I volunteer more than one day per week? 
We would be delighted to have your help more than one day a week. However, to ensure that your volunteer service fits well into your schedule, we will start with just one day each week until you've been with us for six months.

What if I am going on vacation or otherwise need to take time from my volunteering schedule?
We ask that you notify us in advance so an alternate can be assigned.

Do I have to wear a uniform? 
We do ask you to adhere to our dress code. We don't allow denim, sleeveless shirts, or shorts. You will be given more information on the dress code at the Volunteer Orientation.

Can my spouse volunteer with me at the same time? 
Yes, if shift availability allows.

Can I serve my court ordered community service hours at the hospital? 
We do not accept applications from those attempting to complete court ordered community service hours.

Can I come in whenever I have the time to volunteer? 
Due to scheduling of staff and other volunteers that may be assigned to a certain timeslot, a regular schedule is required.

Can I begin volunteering tomorrow? 
Due to the sensitivity and intensity of issues encountered here, we have an extensive screening process that includes:

  • Criminal Background Check and fingerprinting
  • TB Test
  • Drug/Alcohol Urinalysis
  • Verification of two references
  • Interview with the volunteer coordinator
  • Volunteer Orientation class

I can definitely make a commitment and want to volunteer. What do I do now? 
Please click on the link below to complete an application.  Once that has been received, we will contact you for next steps.  Please allow a few weeks for applications to be reviewed.  Thank you.