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.

If you are looking for volunteering opportunities with Tar Heal Paws Pet Therapy Team or UNC Hospice, please visit their corresponding pages for more information.

Chapel Hill - UNC Medical Center

Cancer Hospital

  • 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. FULL
  • Clinics (Adult Infusion, Breast Imaging): Provide customer service and comfort to patients during treatment and assist staff as needed. Available M-F 9am-4pm. ADULT INFUSION FULL
  • Nursing Units: Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Available 7 days/week from 9am-8pm. FULL
  • Oncology Volunteer Navigator: Collaborate with Cancer Hospital clinic and staff to provide patients and caregivers the education, resources and support needed to help them through their diagnosis and treatment. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. Opportunity for virtual and in person. 2 year commitment preferable. Contact Elizabeth.hart@unchealth.unc.edu for more information. FULL
  • Patient Guide: 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.

Children's Hospital

  • Clinics (Children's Specialty, Pediatric Oncology): Assist in supervising and interacting with children primarily 0-18 years of age through various games and play activities. Available M-F 9am-3pm.
  • Child Life: Maintain resources in the Child Life room, cleaning and organizing, provide toys/games/crafts to patients, assist Child Life staff with tasks and clerical duties. Available 7 days/week, 10am-5pm.
  • Children’s Surgery and Sedation Center: Serve as a liaison between hospital staff and families/friends of patients. Keep families informed about the status of patients. Available M-F 8am-6pm.
  • Nursing Units: Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Available 7 days/week, 10a-8p.
  • Pediatric Emergency Department: Perform supplemental services for the staff. Provide comfort and customer service to patients and families. Must be at least a junior or senior in college. Available 7 days/week 11am-8pm.
  • Pediatric Playroom: Interact with patients in a group or one-on-one basis; assist staff with the inpatient play facilities. Available weekdays with set hours between 10am and 7pm; weekend set hours between 11am and 5pm.
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room: Assist families in the RMH room in the Children’s Hospital. The room has a lounge and kitchen area for parents to socialize, grab a snack, or just relax. Volunteers work at the front desk. You must apply with the RMH at familyroom@rmh-chapelhill.org before applying as a UNCH volunteer. Available 7 days/week, varying hours based on RMH needs.
  • 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 based on Wonder Connection's needs.

Memorial Hospital

  • Clinics (GI Procedures, Transplant): Assist in procedural unit with stocking, assisting patients and family members, and putting together patient packets. Available M-F 9am-5pm.
  • Nursing Units (Acute Care, Burn, Cardiothoracic, Critical Care, Pulmonary/Respiratory, Orthopedics/Trauma, Step Down, Vascular): Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Please specify if you have an area of interest. Availability varies based on unit but typically 7 days/week 8am-9pm.
  • Preop and Postop Care Units: Assist with need of patients before and after surgical procedures and aid staff in completing duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the unit. Available M-F 8am-5pm.
  • Waiting Rooms: Act as liaison between staff and patient visitors in the waiting areas of various ICU and surgery clinics throughout the hospital. Available M-F 8am-9pm.

Neurosciences Hospital

  • Behavioral Health Emergency Department: Provide support, recreation, and company to psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department. Assist staff with unit needs. Available 7 days/week 9am-8pm FULL
  • Emergency Department: Provide support, company, and customer service to adult patients in the Emergency Department. Assist staff with unit needs. Must be at least a junior or senior if in college. Available 7days/week 9am-12am. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • Nursing Units: Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Availability varies based on unit but typically 7 days/week 9am-7pm. FULL

Women's Hospital

  • Doula: 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.
  • Maternity and Newborn Center: Assist with coverage at reception desk to greet visitors. Provide information to visitors and family members, help put together the welcome packets for new patients, and assist nursing unit staff with miscellaneous tasks. Available 7 days/week 8am-7:30pm. LIMITED AVAILABILITY FRI-SUN
  • Nursing Units: Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Availability varies depending on unit but typically M-F 9am-7pm FULL
  • 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.
  • Women's Health Educator Center: Assist staff in the Women’s Health Education Center. The center includes programs such as Ready, Set, Baby and Labor and Delivery Tours*. Spanish-speaking volunteers needed. Available M-F 9am-5pm.
    • *Labor and Delivery tours is an add-on area. Volunteers take on role in addition to another area.

Throughout Medical Center and UNC Campus

  • Clinic Aide at the UNC Family Medicine Center at Chapel Hill : Assist patients with check-in, wayfinding and generally feeling welcome in the clinic. Support staff by completing clerical tasks and helping maintain a safe, clean and clutter-free environment. This role will involve direct interaction with patients, families, clinic staff, and medical providers. Monday through Friday from 7a - 9p
  • Conexiones Bilingual Navigator: Provide support to Spanish-speaking patients and their families in person and on the phone in various hospitals, typically Pediatrics. Available M-F 8am-5pm. Spanish fluency required.
  • 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.
  • Door to Door: Provide 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.
  • Office Aide (Nursing Excellence, Nurse Staffing, and Surgical Pathology): Clerical/office volunteer position. Volunteers in this area will assist with responsibilities such as scanning documents, organizing files, and assembling informational packets.
  • Patient Transportation Discharge: Support Guest Services by transporting patients being discharged from the hospital. This position allows volunteers to interact directly with patients, familiarize themselves with the Medical Center, and gain confidence while volunteering in a health care setting. Onsite training required, must have the ability to push a wheelchair. Monday through Saturday from 11a - 7p. LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • Rehabilitation Therapies (PT/OT): Support professional staff in providing physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) services to designated patients utilizing in-patient and out-patient clinics. Available M-F 8am-12pm and 1-5pm
  • Surgery Wait Room at ACC: 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.
  • Dental School: The UNC Adams School of Dentistry accepts adult volunteers as well as pre-dental school students. Volunteers typically start in the Central Sterilization Unit. Available weekdays 9am-4pm, minimum four hour shift. LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Chapel Hill - Off-Site from the Medical Center

  • Eastowne—GI Clinic: Assist in 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.
  • Conexiones - 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 M-F 8am-5pm. Spanish fluency required.
  • Rehabilitation Therapies (PT/OT) : Support professional staff in providing physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) services to designated patients utilizing outpatient clinics. Available M- Sat 8am-12pm and 1-5pm.
    • Areas include: UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care on 15/501 (pediatric and adult), Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) on Mason Farm Road, UNC Spine Center, UNC Wellness Centers in Meadowmont and Cary. URGENT NEED FOR MEADOWMONT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC
  • Crafters: Sew sock monkeys, "stuffies", and lap blankets for 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.
  • UNC Wellness Center Assistant: Help create a welcoming environment by greeting members, assist staff with clerical duties, and help ensure the facility is safe and clean. Opportunities available in Chapel Hill (Monday & Wednesday 8a-11a and Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesday, from 5p – 8p) and Northwest Cary (Monday – Thursday from 5p – 8p and Friday from 4p – 7p).

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. Volunteers may float between the ED and Nursing Units depending on need. Available 7 days week 9am-9pm.
  • Nursing Units at UNC Chatham Hospital: Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Volunteers may float between the ED and Nursing Units depending on need. Available 7 days week 9am-9pm.

Hillsborough Hospital

  • ArtHeals: Artistic volunteers go room to room and do craft/art projects with inpatients. Must be social and a self-starter. Available 7 days/week, 10am-7pm.
  • Compassionate Companions: Volunteers visit, socialize and read with patients. Available 7 days/week, 10am-7pm.
  • Emergency Department: Assist the ED staff and 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 procedural unit in Medical Office Building with stocking, assisting patients and family members, and putting together patient packets. Available M-F 8am-4pm.
  • Imaging: Support 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 (intensive care, family medicine, geriatric, orthopedic, rehab, surgery): Visit with and round on patients in order to enhance their experience and assist staff with clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor. Available 7 days/week, 9am-8pm. Please specify if you have an area of interest.
  • 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 and in our rehab units. 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.
  • 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

  • Conexiones - Pediatric Bilingual Navigator: Support Spanish-speaking patients and their families at UNC Children's Specialty Services or Pediatric Urgent Care in Raleigh. Available M-F 8am-5pm. Spanish fluency required.
  • Latino Clinic: Bilingual volunteers fluent in Spanish assist patients in navigating medical 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.
  • UNC Children’s Specialty Services—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-4:30pm.

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Phone: (984) 974-4793

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