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Volunteer Opportunities

Our mission is to provide high quality patient care, to educate health care professionals, to advance health care research and to provide community service. The success of our mission relies on the integral role which volunteers provide in the delivery of our services. Therefore, UNC Health Care not only thanks you in advance for your willingness to fulfill a vital role in the delivery of our services, but also invites you to review some of the opportunities available in which you might wish to volunteer.

Cancer Hospital Opportunities

  • Administrative/Clerical: Assist clinics and various departments with answering phones, scanning, computer data entry and look up, filing, mailing, making packets and running errands.
  • Caregiver Visitors: Visit caregivers of oncology patients, both in-patient and out-patient, to provide information about supportive services.
  • Registration Navigation: Assist the staff with checking patients in for appointments/procedures, and escorting them to clinics as needed.
  • Oncology Infusion Clinic: providing customer service and comfort to patients during treatment and assisting staff as needed.
  • Blood Donation Center: Assist staff in providing comfort and nourishment to donors, as well as miscellaneous clinic duties as needed.
  • Breast Imagery Clinic: To assist women who are receiving care in mammography with educational materials, emotional support, and customer service during their visit
  • Clinic Waiting Rooms: Volunteer is a liaison between staff and visitors of patient families in the Waiting Area of various clinics throughout the hospital and offsite clinics.
  • Oncology Lay Patient Navigator: Clinic based volunteer role interacting with staff, patients and caregivers, providing them with comfort and resources to help cope with their diagnosis.
  • Nursing Units: Various duties include clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor.
  • Patient and Family Resource Center: Assist PFRC staff in providing cancer patients support, education, and resources.
  • Patient and Family Advisory Board: A group of former patients, caregivers, community partners, hospital staff. PFAB members provide support to families currently in the hospital and work with staff to provide the family perspective in services and programs within the hospital.
  • Pediatric Oncology Clinic: Interact through socializing and play with children receiving treatment in the clinic. Provide customer service and comfort to family members.
  • Radiation Oncology: Assist personnel by providing customer service and support for patients, preparing patients for treatment, transporting patients, and maintaining waiting area.
  • Tea Cart & Beverage Station: Serve tea and coffee to patients and visitors. Provide conversation, support and hospitality.

Chatham Hospital (Siler City) Opportunities

  • Emergency Department: To 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
  • Nursing Units: Various duties include clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor.

Children’s Hospital Opportunities

  • Nursing Units: Various duties include clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor
  • Pediatric Cuddler: Cuddle, hold, rock, read to, and/or play with children of all ages.
  • Pediatric Inpatient Playroom: Interact with pediatric patients in a group and/or one-on-one basis; assist staff with supervision of the inpatient playroom.
  • Pediatric Parents Night Out Dinner: To assist with serving a hot meal and interacting with Pediatric parents during their hospital stay each Tuesday evening of each week.
  • Pediatric Parent to Parent Support Brunch: To assist with serving the brunch and lunch on Tuesday of each week.
  • Pediatric Bilingual Navigator: Provide support to Spanish-speaking patients in the Children’s Hospital and their families.
  • Ronald McDonald House Resource Room: Assist families in the new Ronald McDonald Resource Room on the 7th floor of the Children’s Hospital. The room has a lounge and kitchen area for adult parents to socialize, grab a snack, or just relax. Volunteers are positioned at the front desk in the room. Please contact Ronald McDonald House before submitting your application if you’re interested in this position. Marcia Kessinger is the contact @ familyroom@rmh-chapelhill.org
  • Surgery Wait Rooms: Serve as a liaison between hospital staff and families and friends of patients. Keep families informed about the status of their loved ones.
  • Art Cart (Pediatric & Adult): To provide art supplies, craft kits and other activities to help keep patient occupied during their hospital stay. This is provided to adult oncology, and Pediatric units.
  • Patient and Family Advisory Board: A group of parents, community partners, hospital staff, and former patients. PFAB members provide support to families currently in the hospital and work with staff to provide the family perspective in services and programs within the hospital.

Hillsborough Hospital & Medical Office Building Opportunities

  • Compassionate Companions: This program has two components: Visitation and No One Dies Alone (NODA). Volunteers can choose which part of this program they most want to be involved in. Volunteers are needed to socialize and read with patients as well as sit with patients who are passing away. Training classes yearly.
  • Emergency Department Aide: Perform supplemental services for the ED staff. Act as a patient advocate to provide support during this stressful time for patients and families/friends. Must be able to provide excellent customer service!
  • GI Procedures: 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.
  • Imaging: Support the staff in the daily operations of the Radiology Department. Duties include: stocking rooms, escorting patients to imaging area, greeting patients.
  • Information Desk: Help Guest Services support patients and visitors in wayfinding and navigating. Help with registration and escort to rooms and clinic visits. Must be friendly and sociable! Lots of walking involved.
  • Lending Library/Magazines: Process donations and deliver magazines and books to waiting rooms, clinics and patient rooms.
  • Nursing Units: Duties include social visits, clerical, and stocking supplies. Hillsborough has floors that specialize in intensive care patients, geriatric, and orthopedic/general surgery patients.
  • Oncology Infusion: Greet and assist patients receiving chemotherapy and provide comfort items as requested. Volunteers also support clinic staff with stocking and miscellaneous duties.
  • Oshibori: Provide a warm lavender scented towel to patients and caregivers for relaxation. Oshibori is a unique way to not only cleanse the hands, but experience a moment of comforting tranquility in the hospital setting. Lots of walking involved!
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy: Support professional staff in providing therapeutic services to patients. Volunteer in acute care setting.
  • Supply Chain: Assist with the stocking, pulling and delivery of medical/surgical supplies to nursing units and clinics within the Hillsborough Campus.

  • Surgery Waiting Room and PreCare: Serve as a liaison between hospital staff and families or friends of patients. Keep families informed about the status of their loved ones. Act as the greeter in the Surgical Waiting Room. Must be confident and comfortable around people.
  • Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An Animal Assisted Activity Program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors and staff at UNC Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC), Hospice Home in Pittsboro, and WakeBrook in Raleigh. Must have a dog who is registered with Pet Partners.
  • Tea Time: Serve tea, coffee and hot chocolate to patients, family members and staff. Must be independent, social and able to walk long distances. A great way to make someone's day!

Memorial Hospital Opportunities

  • Administrative/Clerical: Assist clinics and various departments with answering phones, scanning, computer data entry and look up, filing, mailing, making packets and running errands. (Many of these areas are off-site in the Chapel Hill area, such as Hedrick Building located close to Meadowmont on Hwy 54, Timberlyne, and the ACC building)
  • Admitting/Registration areas: Several hubs located in the hospital and offsite to assist the staff with checking patients in for appointments/procedures.
  • Art Cart (Pediatric & Adult): To provide art supplies, craft kits and other activities to help keep patient occupied during their hospital stay. This is provided to adult oncology, Cystic Fibrosis units and Pediatric units.
  • Burn Center: To assist the Burn Center personnel in the duties which have direct or indirect bearing on patient care; an excellent opportunity to observe the management of a critical care nursing unit.
  • Burn Center/SOAR: Burn survivors provide one on one support for patients and their family members through the recovery process.
  • Clinic Waiting Rooms: Volunteer is a liaison between staff and visitors of patient families in the Waiting Area of various clinics throughout the hospital and offsite clinics.
  • Cookie Bakers: bake cookies for patients in the Rehab floor kitchen
  • Dental Clinic: Mature volunteers interested in a career in dentistry are encouraged to apply. Volunteers will provide clerical support for the staff and chaperone patients.
  • ICU Waiting Room: Serve as a liaison between the staff of the Intensive Care Units and the patient’s family.
  • Nursing Units: Various duties include clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor.
  • Occupational Therapy: Volunteers will assist the staff with clerical duties, transporting patients to the gym and other duties as assigned.
  • PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit): To assist the staff in the PACU with clerical duties to allow the professional staff the time needed to provide the best care possible for the patients.
  • Physical Therapy: Will support professional staff in providing physical therapy services to designated patients. Includes Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient PT, and Occupational Therapies. UNC Hospital patient floors as well as offsite areas include (CRC center 15/501, Spine Center and Meadowmont.)
  • Stroke Team: Volunteers who have had a stroke or family members of stroke victims provide assistance in the resource library, lead a support groups and give care and compassion in assisting the stroke patient and their family members on their road to recovery.
  • Surgery Wait Rooms: Serve as a liaison between hospital staff and families and friends of patients. Keep families informed about the status of their loved ones.

Neuroscience Hospital Opportunities

  • Occupational Therapy: Volunteers will assist the staff with clerical duties, therapy-related projects and general office functioning.
  • Recreational Therapy: Volunteers will assist the staff with clerical duties, transporting patients to the gym and other duties as assigned.
  • Emergency Department Aide: To 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
  • Pediatric Emergency Department: Performs supplemental services for the staff. Provide comfort and customer service to patients and families in Pediatric ED.
  • Emergency Department Behavioral Health Companion: Provide support, recreation and company to behavioral health patients in the Emergency Department. Support staff with unit needs. Additional training required.
  • Nursing Units: Various duties include clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor.
  • Geriatric Psychiatry: Provide support to clinical staff by providing comfort and customer service to patients through rounding. Assist with clerical and other duties as needed.

Off Site Opportunities

  • Administrative/Clerical: Assist clinics and various departments with answering phones, scanning, computer data entry and look up, filing, mailing, making packets and running errands.
  • Admitting/Registration areas: Assist the staff with checking patients in for appointments/procedures.
  • Latino Clinic: Bilingual volunteers that speak intermediate level Spanish. Responsibilities include assisting patients in navigating the UNC system, recruiting patients for research studies, facilitating communication during registration (such as checking-in/out), and participating in community events as representatives of UNC CELAH Center for Latino Health/Latino clinic
  • Physical Therapy: Will support professional staff in providing physical therapy services to designated patients. Includes Inpatient Rehab, Outpatient PT, and Occupational Therapies.
  • Surgery Wait Rooms: Serve as a liaison between hospital staff and families and friends of patients. Keep families informed about the status of their loved ones.
  • Occupational Therapy: Volunteers will assist the staff with clerical duties, transporting patients to the gym and other duties as assigned.
  • Cardiac Rehab @ Meadowmont Wellness Center: To assist rehab staff in providing exercise therapy and education to patients who are recovering from cardiovascular disease.
  • Clinic Waiting Rooms: Volunteer is a liaison between staff and visitors of patient families in the Waiting Area of various clinics throughout the hospital and offsite clinics.
  • Sewing Project/Sock Monkeys: Sew sock monkeys for pediatric inpatients undergoing procedures in Chapel Hill. Time is on your own, although you do meet regularly for quality control and to pick up supplies.

Patient Support Services Opportunities

  • Gift Shop: Assist staff with the operation of retail business. This includes but is not limited to assisting customers with gift selections, running cash register, stocking, pricing and display.
  • Hospice Volunteers: Help UNC Hospice to provide support to in-home patients receiving care. Volunteers can read to patients, provide companionship, and do light duty errands. Volunteers can also work with Hospice to provide clerical assistance. This program is coordinated through UNC Hospice. Please contact: Marketta.Williams@unchealth.unc.edu or visit the Hospice website.
  • Lending Library: Help process donations and deliver magazines and books to waiting rooms, clinics and patient rooms.
  • Compassionate Companions: Volunteers are requested from Nursing staff/Pastoral Care to sit with dying patients who have no family or that cannot be with their loved ones. Training classes yearly.
  • Tar Heel Paws Pet Therapy Team: An Animal Assisted Activity Program that delivers support and companionship for patients, visitors and staff at UNC Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Center for Rehabilitation Care (CRC), Hospice Home in Pittsboro, and WakeBrook in Raleigh. Must have a dog who is registered with Pet Partners.

Women’s Hospital Opportunities

  • Clinic Waiting Rooms: Volunteer is a liaison between staff and visitors of patient families in the Waiting Area of various clinics throughout the hospital and offsite clinics.
  • Doula/Birth Partner: The doula provides support and comfort to laboring women which supplements the care given by her medical providers and her support system. Volunteers must have special training. Contact the volunteer doula coordinator about training information: doula@unchealth.unc.edu
  • Labor & Delivery/Tour Guide: Maternity Care Center: Provide information about and a walking tour of Labor and Delivery and the Maternity Care Center for expectant women and their families and Sibling Classes for children of families planning to give birth at NC Women’s Hospital. Spanish speaking volunteer positions are available.
  • Nursing Units: Various duties include clerical/general duties that are pertinent to the specialty of the floor.
  • Women’s Health Information Center: Assist staff during special events in the Women’s Health Information Center as needed. Some clerical duties
  • Surgical Pathology: This service is for premed, nursing, science majors or those interested in a career change. Volunteers will index cross-files, file slides, pull reports for consults and other clerical duties.

WakeBrook (Raleigh) Opportunities

  • Nursing Units: Assisting staff and providing support and recreation to behavioral health patients in Facility Based Crisis Unit, the Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Unit, Crisis and Assessment Services Unit or Inpatient Unit.

Apply Today

Join our team and become a part of our community by submitting an application for one of our volunteer programs. No undergraduate applications will be accepted between 5/30-7/15 at the Medical Center. Hillsborough Hospital will continue to accept undergraduate applications during this time.

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