Play Pals volunteers are medical students who are present on the pediatric unit every evening to spend time with hospitalized children who are alone. The goal of Play Pals is to supplement existing services, like Child Life and Hospital Volunteers, and to help support pediatric patients whose caregivers are restricted from the bedside. In addition, Play Pals volunteers help caregivers that are hesitant to leave their child alone in the hospital but could benefit from a much needed break.
Interested student must attend a short orientation by Child Life and NJ Cares (child abuse program) in order to participate.
Contact(s): Marissa Wozniak (M2), Sydney Topher (M2)
Frequency: (2-hour shifts scheduled individually)
Location: Cooper University Hospital