Care Partners

Care Partners volunteers provide nonmedical support to families of pediatric hematology/oncology and blood or marrow transplant patients receiving care at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Peer volunteers: For families facing a recent diagnosis, the early days of treatment can be dizzying and difficult. Transition volunteers provide an experienced and supportive presence, with the flexibility to run errands and provide other help to parents and caregivers as schedules allow.

Family volunteers: On a weekly basis, or as needed, trained Care Partners provide a break for parents or primary caregivers. They assist with transportation, picking up groceries, delivering welcome bags to new patients, supporting playroom and bedside activities for patients and siblings and much more.

Unit volunteers: These volunteers, available at posted hours throughout the week, can provide a short break for caregivers by entertaining patients and siblings with games, books, movies and more.

Clinic Volunteers: Volunteers provide supervised arts-and-crafts projects to patients and families during out-patient appointments at the Journey Clinic.

Single task volunteers: Occasionally, a family without an assigned volunteer may want help with errands, transportation or other one-time and infrequent needs. Single task volunteers offer the same type of help as Family volunteers without being assigned exclusively to a single family.

Care Partners also hosts the annual Picnic of Hope for patients and families at the hospital.

To request a Care Partners volunteer or learn more, call 612-273-4518 or 612-273-2951.

If you’re interested in becoming a Care Partners volunteer, complete this form. (Please note: hospital policy requires volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.)

Care Partners was established in 1983 through the collaborative efforts of the Junior League of Minneapolis and what was then called the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinic. Today, it is funded by individual, foundation and corporate donors of Children’s Cancer Research Fund.