How can youth volunteer with kids and babies?

So you want to volunteer with kids and/or infants! There is a need throughout Utah for your service. Some opportunities have age restrictions, so be sure to double check. If you find an opportunity you love, be sure to share your service story!

Primary Children’s Hospital
Be a “Junior Volunteer” at Primary Children’s. Most volunteer positions have an age requirement (usually 14 or 16) and if you don’t meet the requirement yet, you can still help with fundraising! Read through the volunteer FAQ’s before you get started.  Positions include helping out at the gift shop, playing music, or even being on a Kids Crew! Search for open volunteer positions here!

Shriners Hospitals for Children
At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, individuals from all walks of life share their time and talents to enrich the lives of others. To volunteer you must be at least 16, commit to 50 hours of service, and be up to date on vaccinations & flu shots. You can be placed in a variety of roles, including pet therapy, recreational therapy, and more depending on your skill-set! Learn more and apply to volunteer here.

The Family Support Center
The Family Support Center has entry-level volunteer projects that you can complete on your own time in your own home, hands-on opportunities, and everything in between! The minimum age for a volunteer is 14, however, a volunteer must be at least 18 to work directly with children in the Crisis Nurseries. To become a volunteer you must attend a new volunteer pre-service training. Find out more here!

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The Road Home Family Shelter in Midvale
The family shelter in Midvale has many opportunities to help out with kids! You must be at least 16 for these opportunities. You can volunteer at the “Playgroup for the Littles” (kids ages 2-5), the “Kid’s Book Club” (kids ages 5-12), or volunteer with Playroom Activities (kids ages 5-12).  Learn more, and find an upcoming volunteer orientation here!

United Way of Utah County – Welcome Baby Kits
The United Way of Utah County is looking for volunteers to support their Welcome Baby program! In a family, group, or on your own you can collect the needed items and donate them to this valuable community program. Learn more here!

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Head to to find even more local volunteer opportunities! Type in your zip code, click on “+more search options,” and select “Children & Youth” under the “Great for people interested in” column.

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