Volunteer Opportunities

UNC Health's mission is to provide high-quality patient care, educate health care professionals, advance health care research, and engage in community service. Volunteers are integral to the success of this mission.

We are grateful for your willingness to serve and invite you to learn about some of our available volunteer placements. 

Chapel Hill - UNC Medical Center

Adult Infusion Clinic: Provide customer service and comfort to patients during treatment and assist staff as needed. Available M-F 9am-6pm.

Blood Donation Center: Assist staff to provide comfort and nourishment to donors, as well as miscellaneous clinical duties as needed. Available T-Th 10-5pm, F 9am-2pm.

Breast Imaging Clinic: Assist patients who are receiving care in mammography with educational materials, emotional support, and customer service during their visit. Available M-F 8am-4pm.

Children's Specialty Clinic: Assist in supervising and interacting with children primarily 0-18 years of age through various games and play activities. Available M-F 9am-3pm.

Conexiones - Bilingual Pediatric Navigator: Provide support to Spanish-speaking patients and their families in the Children’s Hospital. Available 7 days/week M 8am-7pm, Tu- F 9am-5pm.

Deliveries: Deliver patient flower, mail, and food bags to patients' rooms. Be the joy in someone's day! Must be mobile and a people person! Available M-F 2-4pm.

Doula/Birth Partner: Doulas support the care given by clinical providers and friends and family and provide comfort to women in labor. Volunteers must be accepted into the Birth Partner program before applying to be a UNC volunteer. Email birthpartners@unc.edu to request an application for the Birth Partner program. Applications offered several times a year depending on need.

Emergency Department Aide: Perform supplemental services for the Adult ED staff. Act as a patient advocate to provide support during their stressful time, provide customer service and comfort, and assist staff as needed. Must be at least a junior or senior in college. Adult ED available 7 days a week 9am-12am.

Emergency Department Behavioral Health Companion: Provide support, recreation, and company to psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department. Support staff with unit needs. Additional training required. Available 7 days/week 9am-9pm.

Entertainer: Provide musical or other entertainment for patients and visitors through DooR to DooR. Please contact David Binanay before applying at doortodoorunc@gmail.com. Available 7 days/week 9am-8pm.

Gastrointestinal (GI) Procedures: Assist in busy procedural unit with stocking, assisting patients and family members, and putting together patient packets. Available M-F 9am-5pm.

Labor and Delivery Tour Guide: Provide walking tours of the Maternity Care Center, offer education on UNC's Baby Friendly Initiative and provide sibling classes. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. Schedules vary/not weekly. Must have have an additional volunteer area.

Nursing Units: Duties include visiting and rounding on patients, enhancing their experience, and assisting staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Please specify if you have any area of interest such as Burn Center, Cancer, Cardiothoracic, Children’s, Neurosciences, Orthopedic, Vascular. Availability varies based on unit but typically 7 days week 9am-9pm.

Oncology Volunteer Navigator: Interact with Cancer Hospital clinic staff, patients, and caregivers, providing them with comfort and resources to help them cope with their diagnosis. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. 2 year commitment preferable. CURRENTLY FULL

Patient Guides: Greet patients in the Cancer Hospital lobby and assist the staff with checking patients in for appointments, procedures and escorting them to clinics as needed. English and Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. Available M-F 7am-3pm.

Pediatric Inpatient Playroom: Interact with patients in a group or one-on-one basis; assist staff with supervision of the inpatient play facilities. Available weekdays with set hours between 10am and 7pm; weekend set hours between 11am and 5pm.

Ready, Set, Baby Educator: Provide information about practices developed in compliance with the Baby Friendly Initiative to all expecting families planning to deliver their babies. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. Available M-F 9am-5pm.

Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An animal-assisted activity program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors, and staff at UNC Medical Centers in Chapel Hill. Must have a registered therapy dog. Available 7 days/week 10am-7pm.

Waiting Rooms: Act as a liaison between staff and patient visitors in the waiting areas of various ICU and surgery clinics throughout the hospital. Available M-F 8am-9pm.

Wonder Connection: Use hands-on science and nature-based activities to bring joy to pediatric patients aged 4-18 years. You must apply to Wonder Connection here before applying as a UNCH volunteer. Available times vary.

Women’s Health Education Center: Assist staff during special events in the Women’s Health Education Center. Some clerical duties. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. Available M-F 9am-5pm.

Chapel Hill - Off-Site from the Medical Center

Dental School: The UNC Adams School of Dentistry accepts adult volunteers as well as pre-dental school students. Volunteers typically starts in the Central Sterilization Unit. Available T & TH 9am-4pm, minimum four hour shift.

Greeter at Eastowne: Greet patients, help patients register on the automated kiosks and direct or escort patients to their clinic destination. Available M-F 8am-5pm.

GI Medicine Clinic at Eastowne: Assist in busy procedural unit with stocking, assisting patients and family members, and putting together patient packets. This area provides an excellent opportunity to work alongside health care personnel. Available M-F 9am-4pm.

Pediatric Bilingual Navigator: Provide support to Spanish-speaking patients and their families at UNC Children's Primary and Specialty Care at Carolina Pointe II. Available 7 days/week M 8am-7pm, Tu-F 9am-5pm.

Rehabilitation Therapies (PT/OT): Support professional staff in providing physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) services to designated patients utilizing outpatient clinics. Off-site areas include the UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care on 15/501 (pediatric and adult), Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) on Mason Farm Road. UNC Spine Center, and UNC Wellness Centers in Meadowmont and Cary. Available M-F 8am-12pm and 1-5pm.

Sewing Project/Sock Monkeys: Sew sock monkeys for pediatric inpatients undergoing procedures in Chapel Hill. Meet regularly for quality control and to pick-up supplies. Must be a proficient sewer. If interested, please contact volunteer liaison, Ruth Stutts, for more information: ruthstutts125@gmail.com.

Surgery Wait Room at Ambulatory Care Center: Assist patients and families at the surgery desk. Duties include check-in, escorting families to consult rooms, and answering questions. Available M-F 9am-5pm.

Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An animal-assisted activity program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors, and staff at Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC) and Eastowne. Must have a registered therapy dog. Available 7 days/week 9am-5pm.

Chatham County

Emergency Department at UNC Chatham Hospital: Perform supplemental services for the ED staff. Act as a patient advocate to provide support during their stressful time, provide customer service and comfort, and assist staff as needed. Available 7 days week 9am-9pm.

Nursing Units at UNC Chatham Hospital: Duties include visiting and rounding on patients, enhancing their experience, and assisting staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Available 7 days week 9am-9pm.

Hospice Volunteers: In-home and UNC Hospice House volunteers are coordinated through UNC Hospice. Please email unchospicevolunteer@unchealth.unc.edu and visit the Hospice website for more information.

Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An animal-assisted activity program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors, and staff at UNC Chatham Hospital and Hospice Home in Pittsboro. Must have a registered therapy dog. Available 7 days/week 10am-7pm.

Hillsborough Hospital

Compassionate CompanionsVolunteers visit, socialize and read with patients. Available 7 days/week, 10am-7pm.

Emergency Department Aide: Assist the ED staff. Act as a patient advocate to provide support during this stressful time for patients and their families and friends. Must be able to provide excellent customer service. Available 7 days/week 9am-11pm.

Entertainer: Provide musical or other entertainment for patients and visitors through DooR to DooR. Please contact David Binanay before applying at doortodoorunc@gmail.com. Available 7 days/week 9am-8pm.

GI Procedures: Assist in busy procedural unit with stocking, assisting patients and family members, and putting together patient packets. Available M-F 8am-4pm.

Imaging: Support the staff in the daily operations of the radiology department. Duties include: stocking rooms; assisting with patients and greeting and escorting patients to the imaging area. Available M-F 8am-4:30pm.

Information Desk: Help Guest Services support patients and visitors in wayfinding and navigation. Help with registration and escorting patients and visitors to rooms and clinic visits. Must be friendly and sociable. Lots of walking involved. Available M-F 8am-4pm.

Nursing Units: Duties include social visits, clerical tasks, and stocking supplies. Hillsborough has floors that specialize in intensive care, family medicine, geriatric, orthopedic, rehab and general surgery patients. Available 7 days/week, 9am-8pm.

Oncology Infusion: Greet and assist patients receiving chemotherapy and provide comfort items as requested. Volunteers also support clinic staff with stocking and miscellaneous duties. Available M-F 8am-4pm.

Oshibori: Provide a warm lavender-scented towel to patients and caregivers for relaxation. Oshibori is a unique way to not only to cleanse the hands but experience a moment of tranquility. Lots of walking involved. Available 7 days/week 1pm-7pm.

Rehabilitation Therapies (PT/OT): Support professional staff in providing physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) services to designated patients in acute care. Available M-F 8am-12pm and 1-4:30pm.

Surgery Waiting Room and PACU: Serve as greeter and liaison between hospital staff and guests. Keep families informed about the status of their loved ones. Must be confident and comfortable around people. Available M-F 8am-6pm.

Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An animal-assisted activity program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors, and staff at UNC Hillsborough Hospital. Must have a registered therapy dog. Available 7 days/week 10am-7pm.

Tea Time: Serve tea, coffee, and hot chocolate to patients, family members, and staff. Must be independent, social, and able to walk long distances. This is a great way to make someone's day and have patient contact. Available 7 days/week 10am-2pm.

Wake County

Latino Clinic: Bilingual volunteers fluent in Spanish assist patients in navigating the UNC Health system, aid in recruiting patients for research studies, facilitate communication during registration, and participate in community events as representatives of UNC Center for Latino Health (CELAH) and the Latino Clinic. Available W 8am-5pm.

Pediatric Bilingual Navigator: Provide support to Spanish-speaking patients and their families at UNC Children's Specialty Services in Raleigh. Available 7 days/week M 8am-7pm, Tu- F 9am-5pm.

Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An animal-assisted activity program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors, and staff at WakeBrook in Raleigh and UNC Children's Specialty Services in Raleigh. Must have a registered therapy dog. Available 7 days/week 9am-5pm.

UNC Children's Specialty Services in Raleigh: Assist in supervising and interacting with children primarily 0-18 years of age through various games and play activities. Assist clinical staff with clerical duties. Available M-F 8am-5pm.

Open Applications

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Community/Adult - Chapel Hill and Surrounding Areas

Community/Adult - Hillsborough

Contact Information

Email: volsvcs@unchealth.unc.edu

Phone: (984) 974-4793

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