Group Volunteers

If you would like to get your group involved in volunteering at the hospital, explore the available options UNC Medical Center's Volunteer Services has to offer. Please read the following requirements before completing an application. Our volunteer groups are invited to work in our Pediatric Play Atrium at the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Check Available Times

We ask that a group leader view the calendar to find available dates for your event and allow at least two weeks for your application to be processed. Group shift times are 2pm-4pm 7 days and week and 6pm-8pm Monday-Friday. Weekend Pediatric Playroom times are available to non-local groups only.

Prior to completing a volunteer application form, please make sure your group can comply with all of our requirements. As most of our groups are affiliated with UNC-CH, groups must complete new applications each fall school year.


We encourage each member of the volunteer group to carefully review all requirements of the group volunteer program.

  • You will receive confirmation by email after your activity time and activity are approved.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the Pediatric Play Atrium, please visit the calendar to view the available dates and times.
  • Six volunteers are accommodated for each shift at the Pediatric Play Atrium.
  • We ask that individuals only volunteer once a semester
  • Groups that do not bring a activity may not be allowed to stay during their shift
  • Each group member must complete the following steps unless they are a UNC Employee or UNC Volunteer. Employees and Volunteers must have IDs.
  • Volunteering in the Play Atrium requires a planned arts and crafts activity other than coloring books, board games or reading books.
  • For ideas, check out these arts and crafts activities.
  • Pediatric Play Atrium volunteers need to meet at the Children's Hospital Information Desk 15 minutes prior to their scheduled volunteer time to pick up a visitor's pass. We ask that the entire group remain throughout the planned activity.
  • The group leader must complete the online application.

UNC Health Care Policy Rules

  • Volunteers are not permitted to take photographs of any patient.
  • Volunteers are not permitted to bring any type of food to patients.
  • Volunteers must have graduated from high school and be at least eighteen years old.
  • Volunteers are not allowed to plan activities that are religious in nature.

Serve Others 

Serve others in a meaningful way and learn about the many career opportunities offered in a health care setting through UNC Medical Center's Volunteer Services.

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 Heal Paws, Sadie

    Sadie is one of the many four-legged volunteers in the Tar Heal Paws program who visit patients to help relieve the stress that can be part of hospital stays.

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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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