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Volunteer Services

If you desire to make a difference, touch a life, learn while helping others, or just to have fun, UNC Medical Center is the perfect place to volunteer your time and talents. Our mission is to assist the hospital in its goals to provide comprehensive health care to the communities we serve and give a meaningful outlet for the human need to be of service to others.

Making a Difference

UNC Medical Center volunteers play an integral role in delivering first-class health care to the entire state of North Carolina. It is the everlasting dedication from our volunteers that allows us to provide great health care making an invaluable difference to our patients, families and staff.

Our program is organized into two groups including the Medical Center volunteers and high school student volunteers. To best fit your interests, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that are available throughout the medical center.

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Read about our most current needs and opportunities for our UNC Medical Center volunteers.

We are fortunate to have a supportive volunteer community!  At this time we have very limited placements available.  The following areas are completely closed:

  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Pediatric Playroom
  • Pediatric Cuddler
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Hem/Onc Infusion Clinic

We are currently recruiting for our off-site locations, Memorial Hospital nursing units, and Hillsborough Hospital.

Required Time Commitment

All UNC Medical Center volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of a 9-month placement. If you are not available to volunteer consistently (including summer months) for the next nine months, we ask that you hold your application until you are available to fulfill this commitment.

Volunteer at UNC Health Care Hillsborough Campus

Volunteer at the new UNC Health Care facility at Hillsborough today. The hospital campus is an anchor for Waterstone, a 300-plus acre mixed-use development on the south side of Hillsborough at the I-40 interchange. Volunteer positions are available in the Emergency Department and Customer Service.

To learn more, email Volunteer Services or call the main office at 984-974-4793.

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Volunteer Services does not arrange any shadowing. Interested parties must contact hospital departments individually to set up shadow experiences. Once a department agrees to work with a shadow visitor, the visitor must fill out a confidentiality form and read the guidelines for shadowing.

Group Volunteer Program

We welcome groups to volunteer their time by assisting our patients and staff in our Pediatric Play Atrium. Group leaders are encouraged to apply. Please be sure your group is able to comply with all requirements prior to completing the application.

Other Opportunities

If we cannot accept you into our program at the hospital during this time, we highly encourage you to explore other volunteer opportunities affiliated with the UNC Health Care system including:

UNC Chapel Hill Clubs affiliated with the Hospitals:

UNC Hospice Volunteers

UNC Hospice volunteers come from various backgrounds and life experiences. Their reasons for joining our team are as varied as their lives, but they all share a strong send of compassion and desire to lesson the burden of others. The many skills they have to offer are matched to important work within our hospice program.

For more information, call UNC Hospice Volunteer Services at (919) 542-5545 or email Marketta Williams.

Current Volunteers:
Forgot to Submit Your Hours? Off-site Volunteer?

In case you forgot to log your volunteer hours in at the Volunteer Services kiosk or you volunteer off-site, you may submit hours for the UNC Medical Center volunteer program or the student volunteer program online.

Apply Today

Join our team and become a part of the community by completing our applications for UNC Medical Center, Hillsborough Hospital or high school volunteer programs.

Volunteer Stories

  • Capes-for-Heroes

    Many children dream of becoming superheroes. Thanks to California-based nonprofit Capes4Heroes and local collaborators in Chapel Hill, more than 80 pediatric patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital were able to live that dream.

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  • A Second Chance

    By rescuing Whiskey and giving her a second chance, Silvia Kreda, PhD, lung researcher at the School of Medicine, and Preston Parker are helping patients and families during illness and recovery.

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  • Elaine Hill Awards 2015

    UNC Medical Center and Volunteer Services gathered to honor Caroline Resnick and Bill Derey for the 2014 and 2015 Elaine Hill Awards.

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