Volunteer in Our Family Room

Our Family Room volunteers are vital to providing a comfortable ‘home away from home’ for our families within the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite.

Ways to Volunteer

Individual Volunteers


Volunteers maintain a set schedule of two to three hour shifts weekly or biweekly. Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old and commit to a minimum of 1 year of service, subject to our needs.

Hospital Requirements

  • Pass a criminal background check. (paid by Hospital)
  • Provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chickenpox, and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap). (paid by Hospital)
  • Be willing to receive an annual tuberculosis (TB) screening (via blood test).
  • Be willing to receive annual flu vaccination.
  • Adhere to the Children’s policies and procedures.
  • Complete the online volunteer application and orientation process.

Volunteer Shifts Offered

  • 9 a.m.-NOON
  • NOON-3 p.m.
  • 3-6 p.m.
  • 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays:
  • 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Noon-3 p.m.
  • 3-6 p.m.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Welcoming, assisting and orienting new families and volunteers
  • Answering phones and providing front desk reception when needed
  • Helping Family Room Coordinator assist families in and out
  • Answering basic questions about Family Room and/or ARMHC
  • Cleaning out refrigerator & throwing away old food
  • Take inventory of supplies and items
  • Clean, organize and restock

Meal Volunteers

Family Room Cure

Provide a well-balanced meal to warm the hearts and bellies of families who have children receiving care within the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite. This program allows for a maximum of four volunteers serving within our Ronald McDonald Family Room. All volunteers must be 18 years and older to volunteer within the Family Room and hospital. All volunteers must bring their driver’s license or government issued ID with them to enter hospital.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Exclusion Policy

  1. Aflac patients, parent/guardians and siblings must wait two years from the date the patient completes treatment or transitions to another health-care facility to volunteer through Volunteer Services.
  2. Bereaved Aflac parent/guardians and siblings must wait at least two years from the death of their child/sibling to volunteer through Volunteer Services.
  3. After a period of two years, bereaved Aflac families may host meals and patient parties where direct patient interaction will occur. Prior to implementation, the proposed event must be approved and coordinated with an Aflac family support team member. Events may not exceed four times per calendar year and will be supervised by an Aflac staff member.
  4. Bereaved Aflac parents and siblings can volunteer through volunteer services at CHOA, but will be placed on non-Aflac patient care areas.

Volunteer Opportunities

All food must be prepared or purchased from a commercial kitchen establishment such as a restaurant, caterer or deli.

  • Weekly Breakfast: The most important meal of the day is breakfast! Help make a family’s morning by providing and serving a warm, delicious breakfast to start their morning. Program available from 9:30-11 a.m. seven days a week.
  • Weekly Lunches: Sometimes we all need a little pick me up! Schedule to cater and serve lunch to help break up a family’s long day within the hospital. Program available from 11:30a.m.-1 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Weeknight Dinners: Dinner is an important meal of day for families to come together as one. Secure a night to provide and serve dinner for our families within the hospital. Program available from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.