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Learn More and Be Involved

Learn More and Be Involved


Through the Wish Gift Program, the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation provide donors the opportunity to purchase identified tangible items needed by departments and programs at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. These items bring joy, support and comfort to our patients while meeting the donor's wishes to make a difference and to touch the lives of thousands of patients and families each year.

View the Child Life Wish List.

Volunteer for Child Life

Learn more about volunteering for the child life team. We've also got great service project ideas.

Community Visitor Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time to provide an activity or performance for our patients and families. Before you plan a visit to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, please read our visitor letter and visitor guidelines, and then complete and submit an application.  In order to accommodate as many interested community groups as possible, we ask that you only request a visit once every 6 months.

Infant Massage

1st Floor Library 267 - 0100. Our staff will be able to put you in contact with one of the Certified Infant Massage Instructors on our Child Life team.

Child Life Professional Opportunities (Practicum and Internship Program):

Student Internship Program

Our next internship opportunity will be for the fall 2014 semester.  Application deadline is May 5, 2014.  Click here to apply.

Student Practicum Program

Our next practicum opportunity will be for the fall 2014 semester.  Application deadline is May 5, 2014.  Click here to apply.

Career Day

Not sure where to begin? Consider attending our Child Life Career Information Day. This 2-hour event will give you a comprehensive overview of the child life profession as well as provide you with the necessary information to get you started toward your future career in child life. This event is offered twice a year: April and October. Our next session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th from 2-4pm. Details will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the event via email. For further information, please contact our child life department at 616-267-0100 or To register for the event, please click here.