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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. The Medical Center includes UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, the Hillsborough Campus, and surrounding clinics. 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

Volunteer Services is thankful to have such a supportive volunteer community. At this time, there are limited placements available on both the Chapel Hill and Hillsborough campuses. We currently have the greatest need in the areas listed below.  This is not an exhaustive list of opportunities available. General shift availability is noted next to each volunteer area per the key below. Please keep in mind this availability is subject to frequent change.


Cancer Hospital

Tea Cart- customer service, daytime

Oncology Lay Patient Navigator- patient interaction, additional training required, daytime

Chatham Hospital (Siler City)

Emergency Department- patient interaction, daytime, evening, weekend

Children's Hospital

Hospital School: Child Psych- tutoring, daytime

Bilingual Pediatric Navigator- must be able to pass Spanish proficiency test, daytime

Parent's Night Out Dinner volunteer- Tuesday evenings

N.C. Memorial Hospital

Cardiac Surveillance- no patient contact, very active, daytime

GI Motility- clerical and patient customer service, daytime

Urology Clinic- clerical, daytime

Volunteer Services Department- clerical, daytime

Gift Shop- customer service, retail, daytime, evening

Off Site Clinics

Eye clinic (Highway 54)- customer services, daytime

Family Medicine Clinic- customer service, daytime

Women's Hospital

Women's Nursing Units- patient interaction, daytime, evening, weekend

Patient Support Services

Occupational Health- clerical, daytime

Patient Visitation- patient interaction, daytime, evening, weekend

Hillsborough Campus

Nursing Units- patient interaction, daytime, evening, weekend

Emergency  Department- patient interaction, daytime (morning), weekend

Physical/Occupational Therapy- patient interaction, daytime (afternoon)

Information Desk/Navigation- customer service, daytime

Oncology Clinic- customer service, daytime

 See full list of volunteer opportunities. (not all opportunities are currently available)

Required Time Commitment

All UNC Medical Center volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of a 6-month placement AND 40 hours of volunteering. If you are not available to volunteer consistently (including summer months) for the next six months, we ask that you hold your application until you are available to fulfill this commitment.

If you are adding an additional placement (regardless of current length of time) you must make a 4-month commitment.

Shadowing

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.

Tar Heal Paws

Tar Heal Paws is an animal assisted activities and therapy program that delivers support and companionship for patients and visitors at UNC Hospitals. The purpose of this program is to provide patients, family members and staff at the hospital opportunity to interact with animals, and in so doing, reduce stress associated with hospitalization. Become a part of the Tar Heal Paws.

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 Volunteer Opportunities

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 984-215-2665 or email Marketta Williams.

Community Volunteer Organizations

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:

Current Volunteers:
Submit Your Hours Online

In case you forget to log in your hours at the Volunteer Services kiosk or if you volunteer off-site, you may submit your hours online.

Apply Today

Join our team and become a part of the community by completing our volunteer applications for the Medical Center or High School Student Programs.

Volunteer Stories

  • Sock Monkeys

    After decades crafting sock monkeys for pediatric patients at UNC Hospitals, Nidia Scharlock was honored in November with a ceremony at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and the dedication of a cow named Mookie.

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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 2016

    Volunteer Services honored Ann Kennedy with the 2016 Elaine M. Hill Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. Kennedy has volunteered with UNC Mammography since 1991 -- and with UNC Hospitals since the mid-1970s.

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