Kidz Need Hugz


The Kidz Need Hugz program devotes time and service to children of all ages who are hospital patients.

Volunteers coordinate with hospital staff to provide help with:

  • playtime activities
  • verbal interaction
  • feeding
  • rocking
  • dressing
  • other caregiver tasks

Volunteers visit a child with special ongoing needs every week or meet new children every week.

We need volunteers who have:

  • great emotional stability
  • a capacity for compassionate listening to children and their parents
  • flexibility
  • self-motivation
  • an ability to interact comfortably with children of all ages and cultural backgrounds

Time Commitment—one 2- to 4-hour day per week for 9 to 12 months or 2 semesters

Location—pediatric units at Duke University Hospital

Training—fire and safety and confidentiality, as appropriate for duties and (2) hands on training/skill assessments.

Application—required with references, background check, and health review

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