Volunteer Services

Current Volunteers- Important Information about COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have paused most of volunteer roles until further notice.  While volunteers are extremely important to the essential business operations of UNC Health hospitals, it is equally important to protect the health of our volunteers and the people with whom they come in contact.

We are asking volunteers coming to the hospital to follow the same requirements as UNC Health employees.  As these do continually change, please contact our office for more information.

If your volunteer role has been paused and you would like to continue to volunteer in another capacity, please let us know.  We have compiled a list of volunteers who may be asked to help with special needs during this time.  

As always, thank you for everything you do to help our patients, families, and staff, especially during this time of stress and anxiety.  Should you have any questions, please reach out to your volunteer coordinator within Volunteer Services or call the main Volunteer Services number at 984-974-4793.                                                                                                                                

New Volunteers

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not onboarding any new volunteers.  Once we receive clearance to bring on new volunteers, we will begin accepting applications again.  At this time, we do not anticipate being able to orient new volunteers until 2021.  Please keep checking back for updates. Thank you for your patience!

Stay safe and healthy!

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 four distinct groups: Medical Center- Chapel Hill Adult Volunteers, Medical Center- Chapel Hill Undergraduate Volunteers, Hillsborough Hospital Volunteers and High School Student volunteers. To best fit your interests, we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

See full list of Volunteer Opportunities. This list includes all of our Triangle volunteer positions. Please remember not all opportunities listed may be available at this time. As part of the volunteer onboarding process you will talk with a volunteer coordinator about what placements may be a good fit for you.


Volunteer Services does not arrange any shadowing. Interested parties must contact hospital departments individually to set up shadow experiences. After a department agrees to work with a shadow visitor, the visitor must 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 and outlying areas. The purpose of this program is to provide patients, family members and staff the opportunity to interact with animals, and 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 our 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 you are unable to volunteer with our program at 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

If 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 an application for either our Chapel Hill Adult or Hillsborough Adult or Undergrad Volunteer Programs.  *All programs are currently paused to new volunteers due to COVID-19.

*Please review requirements for Chapel Hill and Hillsborough Volunteer Programs before applying.

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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  • UNC Tar Heel Paws Pet Dog

    Meet Maggie May, a soulful rescue dog who co-volunteers with Garry Lipson. Maggie began volunteering at UNC when she was two. From the beginning of her first assignment in the Children’s Hospital, she seemed to know her job. 

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  • Volunteer

    Why I Volunteer: By Angelina Gayle - Ronald McDonald House Volunteer

    I want to touch the lives of as many people as I can through volunteering. I encourage everyone to volunteer and impact the life of another as well as make a difference one day at a time, one person at a time.

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