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

UNC Medical Center is fortunate to have such a supportive volunteer community. At this time, we have very limited placements available on our Chapel  Hill campus and will only be accepting applications from our community (non-undergraduate) volunteers. We are not accepting further applications from undergraduate college students, unless you already have a confirmed volunteer placement at the hospital (e.g. CPALS, Doulas, ArtHeels). If you are not sure if you have a confirmed placement prior to applying, please contact the volunteer services office at  UNC Medical Center’s Hillsborough campus is accepting both community and undergraduate volunteer applications.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering at UNC Medical Center!

Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for 2-3 hours each week. We cannot accept incoming 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. 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.

Please review the following requirements of our volunteer registration process.

  1. Please choose one location to apply to: UNC Health Care Hillsborough Campus or the UNC Medical Center. Then complete one of the online applications.
  2. Once your application has been submitted, you will be provided a link to complete a prerequisite online compliance tests. You must complete the online prerequisite module before you can attend orientation.

  3. Familiarize yourself with our opportunities list. Please note, if you are a undergraduate student we ask that you commit to one placement for an academic year.
  4. Attend the orientation session.
  5. Interview with your volunteer coordinator to discuss your volunteer placement
  6. Complete the immunization form (provided by volunteer coordinator)
  7. Turn in all required paperwork

When You'll Hear Back

An email will be sent immediately confirming receipt of your application. Please be sure to enter a valid email address and phone number with voicemail. We will contact you within two weeks upon receiving the results of your prerequisite test to confirm your registration for the next orientation. 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.


When the scores for the prerequisite test have been received, a volunteer coordinator will contact you regarding the next orientation session. All orientations are held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at N.C. Memorial Hospital. NOTE: After applying you should be prepared to begin volunteering within 30 days after attending orientation.

The next orientation dates are:

  • August 25

  • October 13

  • November 10

  • December 8

Available Opportunities

At UNC Medical Center, you will have the chance learn more about your community and the people living in it. See full list of volunteer opportunities.

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 Playroom
  • Pediatric Cuddler

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

Most Current Needs

  • Various clinics at UNC Medical Center and off-site areas including customer service, greeting, navigating and assisting with check-in.
  • Working at the Gift Shop
  • Assisting the library with book processing and patient delivery
  • Sewers are needed to make sock monkeys as well as gowns for the Infant Grief program
  • Assisting in various waiting rooms
  • Baking cookies (one or two Wednesdays a month, 1-3 p.m.)
  • Serving dinner to visitors and caregivers (5-7 p.m.)
  • Nursing unit volunteers throughout all hospitals
  • Oncology Lay Patient Navigator

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 our community by submitting one of the applications for UNC Medical Center or UNC Health Care Hillsborough Campus volunteer program. Please apply to one hospital.

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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