Medical Center- Chapel Hill Adult Volunteers

Due to COVID-19, we have very few volunteers working in the Medical Center and therefore have temporarily suspended our volunteer application process.  We will not be having another orientation until 2021.  Once we receive clearance to begin onboarding new volunteers again, we will post information here.  Thank you for your patience!

Stay safe and healthy!

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.

Requirements and Application Process

Please review the following requirements of our Medical Center-Chapel Hill Adult Volunteer registration process. All volunteers who are non-undergraduates (i.e. community members, graduate students) should apply as Adult Volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at Chatham Hospital or WakeBrook behavioral health facility, please submit your application through this program.

  1. Please 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. Once your application has been submitted, you will hear from a volunteer coordinator within 72 hours. Prior to registering for orientation, you will need to complete our online compliance module and background screening($15). The link for the test will be provided immediately after you apply in your confirmation email as well as by your volunteer coordinator.

  3. Attend an in-person orientation session. Orientations are held monthly in Chapel Hill.
  4. Complete the immunization requirements given at orientation.
  5. 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 attending orientation. If you cannot begin within 30 days please apply at a later time.

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

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.


Due to COVID-19, we are currently not onboarding any new volunteers.  

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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  • UNC Tar Heal Paws, Sadie

    Sadie is one of the many four-legged volunteers in the Tar Heal Paws program who visit patients to help relieve the stress that can be part of hospital stays.

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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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