Jane Bassawitz,
Cuddler Volunteer
"Helping in a meaningful way to meet the needs of the babies and their families as well as the NICU staff are my reasons for wanting to volunteer. Cuddling these precious little ones brings me complete joy, peace and satisfaction."


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Cuddler Program Currently Full


Cuddler Volunteer, Ilene Adams, holding baby Nova.

We currently have limited openings for the Cuddler Program.  Please apply only if your availability matches one or more or our openings, you can commit to a minimum of six months of service and you live within walking distance of the Hospital.

Current Openings

  • Mondays: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 5:30-7:30 p.m., 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

What is a Cuddler?

A Cuddler is a trained volunteer who is able to hold and comfort fussy babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Research has shown that the care Cuddlers give to babies helps lead to shorter stays in the Hospital, faster weight gain and improvements in development. 

Requirements

  • Required Experience: Life experience and a high level of maturity
  • Minimum Age:  At least 22 years old, or older.
  • Minimum Time Commitment: One and a half to two hours per week for a minimum of six months
  • Best Suited for the Program: Retirees and working professionals who live within walking distance to the Hospital.