Volunteer Organizations

Volunteer Organizations

Cincinnati Children’s is honored to have auxiliary organizations that are dedicated to providing support to help our children and families receive the best possible care.  Essential to the success of Cincinnati Children’s, our auxiliary members have funded new equipment, supported pioneering research, increased community outreach and helped underwrite many programs.

Our largest auxiliary, Kindervelt is recognized as one of Greater Cincinnati’s outstanding volunteer organizations. Kindervelt has more than 600 members in groups around the region, linked by a citywide board of trustees. Its members “have fun while raising funds” to help the patients of Cincinnati Children’s. Since its inception in 1971, Kindervelt has provided more than $20 million in support of initiatives and programs that affect the lives of thousands of children. Previous gifts have supported programs in critical care, trauma, asthma and adolescent medicine and have provided the foundation for the development of major medical breakthroughs and state-of-the-art care.

Support Kindervelt’s City-Wide Events

Kindervelt hosts three city-wide fundraisers each year: Kindervelt Fall Event, Kindervelt Krafts and Let the Good Times Bowl. For more information about these events or to donate, visit the Kindervelt website.

Become a Member

For more information, call 513-636-0293 or visit their website.

Kindervelt check presentation.

Kindervelt currently supports our critical care, including the recently opened Critical Care Building and an endowed chair for the Division of Critical Care Medicine. This chair will allow the Critical Care team to recruit top talent who will further our mission advance clinical care, research and education, ultimately changing and saving lives. 

Our first auxiliary, the Co-operative Society, has served Cincinnati Children’s for more than 130 years. They have given more than $14 million to various programs at the medical center, including the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, the International Adoption Center and our Pediatric Primary Care Clinics. Additionally, members give generously of their time. They volunteer in an on-site sewing room where dedicated stitchers create children’s clothing, blankets and quilts for beds and cribs, toys for use by the Division of Child Life, soft helmets for patients with neurological disorders and teaching tools used by the nursing staff. They also brighten the medical center by decorating lobbies and public spaces for the holidays.

Become a Member

For more information, contact Joan Biggs, president, at

Established in 1910, the Junior Co-operative Society members volunteer in two gift shops, located at the main hospital and the Liberty Campus. The volunteers are fond of saying, “The more you shop, the more we give.” All proceeds from the gift shop are donated to the medical center.

Years of proceeds have enabled the Junior Co-operative Society to donated over $12 million to Cincinnati Children’s. Their funds have supported important endeavors such as the new Critical Care Building, our StarShine Hospice program, the expansion of our College Hill campus and many important research initiatives.

Become a Member

Contact Kathy Cassady, president, at 513-636-4310.


If you would like to volunteer in the gift shop, contact Anne Sutton at or 513-636-4310.

In 1964, the Association of Volunteers was organized to provide a coordinated volunteer force to raise funds and provide tender loving care for the patients of Convalescent Hospital for Children.

The Convalescent Hospital serves children with chronic conditions requiring long-term hospital care. Convalescent Hospital joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1973, and today houses four specialized services:

  • Pediatric rehabilitation program
  • Transitional care center
  • Children’s psychiatric unit
  • Adolescent and medical psychiatric services for teens 12 through 18 years of age

The Association of Volunteers committed $360,000 over three years to purchase a robotic device that helps children regain the use of their legs. They have also helped to fund Project SEARCH, providing supportive employment for people with significant disabilities. Funds raised by the group are currently supporting the Be Well Running Program in the Division of Occupational and Physical Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s.

Design Cincinnati: A Legacy of Antiques, A New Era of Style

After 50 years as the Cincinnati Antiques Festival, this event has reached a new era of style. Design Cincinnati features celebrity designers for a one-day celebration of interior design and home décor to raise funds.

Become a Member

For more information, contact Susan VanVleet, president, at

Members of the Association of Volunteers.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Keith Henize

Director of Auxiliary Relations
Cincinnati Children’s
MLC 9002
3333 Burnet Ave.
Phone: 513-636-0293
Fax: 513-636-7173