Care Partners was established in 1983 through the collaborative efforts of Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the Junior League of Minneapolis and what was then called the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinic. They recognized the need for a support system for patients and family members who are undergoing blood and marrow transplant or treatment for cancer or blood-related disorders. Today, it is funded by individual, foundation, and corporate donors of Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Specially trained Care Partners volunteers provide nonmedical support to patients and families receiving care for pediatric oncology/hematology disorders or blood and marrow transplant at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Volunteer Opportunities include:
These volunteers, available at posted hours throughout the week, provide a short break for caregivers by entertaining patients or siblings with games, books, movies, arts and crafts or companionship. Unit Volunteers may also assist with hospitality offerings such as our Coffee Cart, Book Cart, and Care Cart on the unit.
On a weekly basis or as needed, trained Care Partners volunteers provide support for one single family during their treatment stay. Volunteers provide the support requested by the family. This may include providing breaks for parents/caregivers, entertaining siblings, picking up groceries/supplies, bringing in a requested meal, visiting for companionship, helping with a move to local accommodations once discharged, and more.
Sibshops events celebrate the siblings of children with healthcare needs, using a lively format of activities, crafts, games, special guests and field trips once a month on Saturday mornings. Volunteers provide assistance under the direction of the Sibshops-Certified Child Family Life staff, who lead the events.
If you are interested in becoming a Care Partners volunteer, please complete this online application. Please note: program policy requires volunteers to be 21 years of age or older.