UNC Medical Center Volunteers
Each volunteer member assists in providing excellent care and understanding by taking the time to give patients and their families the extra help they need during their hospital stay. Give back to your community and donate your time, care and support and apply to our volunteer program today. Approval of all applicants is conditional upon background checks, which will be performed after the interview.
Requirements and Application Process
Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for 2-3 hours each week. We cannot accept freshman college students as volunteers due to the large number of applicants we receive.
Required Time Commitment
All 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 if applicable) 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.
Please review the following requirements of our volunteer registration process.
- Please choose only one location to apply to: UNC Health Care Hillsborough Campus or the UNC Medical Center. Then complete one of the online applications.
Once your application has been submitted, please complete the compliance test prior to orientation.
- Familiarize yourself with our opportunities list. Please note, if you are an undergraduate student we ask that you commit to one placement for 6 months AND 40 hours of volunteering.
- Attend the orientation session.
- Complete the immunization requirements given at orientation.
- Turn in all required paperwork and discuss volunteer placement with your volunteer coordinator.
When You'll Hear Back
An email will be sent immediately confirming receipt of your application and providing the link to the compliance module you must complete prior to orientation. You will also hear from your coordinator within 2-3 days inviting you to attend one of our upcoming orientation sessions. Please be sure to enter a valid email address and phone number with voicemail. We ask that you apply when you are ready to begin volunteering, as we expect you to be available to begin volunteering thirty days after you apply. See General Questions for more information.
Once we receive your application, a volunteer coordinator will contact you regarding the next orientation session. Orientations are held at N.C. Memorial Hospital and Hillsborough Hospital. You will not be allowed to attend orientation if you have not completed the pre-orientation compliance test. NOTE: After applying you should be prepared to begin volunteering within 30 days after attending orientation.
UNC Medical Center is fortunate to have such a supportive volunteer community. At this time we have very limited placements for both the Chapel Hill and Hillsborough campuses. We are currently have the greatest need in the areas listed below.
Tea Cart- customer service, daytime
Oncology Lay Patient Navigator- patient interaction, additional training required, daytime
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 Nursing Units- patient interaction, daytime, evening, weekend
Patient Support Services
Occupational Health- clerical, daytime
Patient Visitation- patient interaction, daytime, evening, weekend
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)
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.