UNC Medical Center Volunteers

Each volunteer member assists in providing excellent care and understanding by taking the time to give patients and their families the extra help they need during their hospital stay. Give back to your community and donate your time, care and support and apply to our volunteer program today. Approval of all applicants is conditional upon background checks, which will be performed after the interview.

Requirements and Application Process

  Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for 2-3 hours each week. We cannot accept freshman college students as volunteers due to the large number of applicants we receive.

Required Time Commitment

All volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of a 6-month placement AND 40 hours of volunteering. If you are not available to volunteer consistently (including summer months if applicable) for the next six months, we ask that you hold your application until you are available to fulfill this commitment.

If you are adding an additional placement (regardless of current length of time) you must make a 4-month commitment.

Please review the following requirements of our volunteer registration process.

  1. Please choose only one location to apply to: UNC Health Care Hillsborough Campus or Chapel Hill Campus. Then complete one of the online applications.
  2. Once your application has been submitted, please complete the compliance test prior to orientation.

  3. Familiarize yourself with our opportunities list. Please note, if you are an undergraduate student we ask that you commit to one placement for 6 months AND 40 hours of volunteering.
  4. Attend the orientation session.
  5. Complete the immunization requirements given at orientation.
  6. Turn in all required paperwork and discuss volunteer placement with your volunteer coordinator.

When You'll Hear Back

An email will be sent immediately confirming receipt of your application and providing the link to the compliance module you must complete prior to orientation. You will also hear from your coordinator within 2-3 days inviting you to attend one of our upcoming orientation sessions. Please be sure to enter a valid email address and phone number with voicemail. We ask that you apply when you are ready to begin volunteering, as we expect you to be available to begin volunteering thirty days after you apply. See General Questions for more information.


Once we receive your application, a volunteer coordinator will contact you regarding the next orientation session. Orientations are held at Chapel Hill and Hillsborough Hospital. You will not be allowed to attend orientation if you have not completed the pre-orientation compliance test. NOTE: After applying you should be prepared to begin volunteering within 30 days after attending orientation.

Current Volunteers:
Submit Your Hours Online

In case 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 our community by submitting an application for either Chapel Hill and Chatham Hospital or the Hillsborough Campus volunteer program.   Please only apply to one hospital.

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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  • A Second Chance

    By rescuing Whiskey and giving her a second chance, Silvia Kreda, PhD, lung researcher at the School of Medicine, and Preston Parker are helping patients and families during illness and recovery.

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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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