Medical Center- Chapel Hill Community Volunteers

Volunteers provide additional care and understanding to patients and their loved ones during a hospital stay. Give back to your community and donate your time, care and support and apply to our volunteer program today.

Requirements and Application Process

Please review the following requirements of our Medical Center Community Volunteer registration process. All volunteers who are at least 18 years old but not an undergraduate in college should apply as a Community Volunteer.

  1. Complete our online application. Check out the Opportunities List prior to filling out the Service Areas Preferred in the application. *At this time, there are no Cuddler positions available.
  2. After submitting an application, you will receive an automated email with information about our online orientation and compliance modules, background screening ($15), and immunization requirements. Check your inbox as well as spam/junk folder for this email. If you do not receive it within 24 hours, contact

  3. Complete the immunization requirements. Volunteers are responsible for obtaining any required immunizations. Please check with your insurance on titers and TB test as they can cost money and we are unable to provide reimbursement. Have your medical provider complete the Physician Verification Form as proof of vaccination. This Checklist also lists all of the vaccines that are required to volunteer. COVID-19 vaccination is required.
    • Please watch this video about correct TB testing to fulfill volunteer requirements.

4. Turn in all required paperwork and discuss volunteer placement with your volunteer coordinator.

*Please note- we ask all new volunteers to begin volunteering within 30 days of applying. If you cannot begin within 30 days please apply at a later time.

** UNC Health Employees only need to complete the online orientation and provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccinations.

Required Time Commitment

Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for 2-3 hours each week and to a minimum of 6 months AND 40 hours of volunteering. If you are not available to volunteer consistently for the next six months, we ask that you hold your application until you are available to fulfill this commitment.

Current Volunteers:
Submit Your Hours Online

If you are unable to clock in or out at the Volunteer Services kiosk or you volunteer off-site, you may submit your hours online within 24 hours of your scheduled shift.

Apply Today!

The Community Volunteer Application is open. Please click HERE to apply.  

Contact Information


Phone: (984) 974-4793

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Volunteer Stories

  • Volunteer Eric Want

    Eric Wang volunteers at UNC to gain invaluable experience on what it means to be a member of the healthcare system. He says “There is both personal fulfillment and patient satisfaction in volunteering, seen in the smiles I give and receive along the way. In other words, it's my pleasure!”

  • UNC Tar Heel Paws Pet Dog

    Meet Maggie May, a soulful rescue dog who co-volunteers with Garry Lipson. Maggie began volunteering at UNC when she was two. From the beginning of her first assignment in the Children’s Hospital, she seemed to know her job. 

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  • Volunteer

    Why I Volunteer: By Angelina Gayle - Ronald McDonald House Volunteer

    I want to touch the lives of as many people as I can through volunteering. I encourage everyone to volunteer and impact the life of another as well as make a difference one day at a time, one person at a time.