How You Can Help

Ways to Give

So many people play an important role in providing the very best care and comfort to our young patients and their families. Some are very visible, like the wonderful doctors, nurses, and hospital staff. But we are also blessed with a generous force of volunteers and benefactors from right here in our community. These people share their time, talents, and/or resources in order to make a difference in the life of a child.

Consider being a part of this invaluable resource. There are many ways that you can contribute.

Volunteer Your Time

Pediatric volunteers play an important role in the healthcare experience of many children and families by sharing of their time and talents. A hospitalized child or teen can be fearful, anxious, and lonely. Friendly, caring volunteers help make this a more positive experience. Volunteers spend their time in a variety of tasks, from rocking an infant to chatting with an adolescent to handing out toys donated through the Pirate Fund. Their time and commitment are greatly appreciated by both families and staff. Parents or guardians often need a break or are simply not able to be here all of the time and the presence of a volunteer can make a big difference.

Volunteers come from all walks of life, but generally must be 18 or older. Opportunities for high school students exist in the drop-in care and video lending areas. A summer program is also offered for students 14-17. Summer student volunteers commit to a minimum of three hours per week for ten weeks. Other volunteers are asked for a year-long commitment. For more information, please call Friends of Strong at 275-2420.

Full time internships in child life are offered to those who meet the academic requirements for national child life certification. Call for applications.

Donate Items

The vast majority of the toys and materials we use in our daily programming are donated. We only take toys that are plastic and can be washed.

View the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Child Life Wish List to see the items we are most in need of, and how you or your organization can help.

Visit the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Office of Development & Community Affairs site to view more items on our wish list.

Contribute Money

We do accept donations of funds to help support the ongoing activities offered both in the hospital and in the out-patient areas. Many of the items in the play areas have been graciously donated by the community.

Visit the Golisano Children’s Hospital Office of Development & Community Affairs site to make an online donation.

Give Blood

This is a gift of life that is always in need, and only takes minutes to share. Your local Red Cross sponsors blood drives throughout the community. Visit or call 1-800-GIVELIFE for upcoming blood drives.

Children’s Miracle Network

Golisano Children’s Hospital is part of the Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization that raises money and builds awareness to help children battle disease or injury. Funds raised locally for the Network help local children.

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