Medical Center- Chapel Hill Community 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.

Requirements and Application Process

Please review the following requirements of our Medical Center-Chapel Hill 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. 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 receive an automated email from Vsys with the information to complete our online compliance, orientation modules and background screening ($15). Please check your inbox as well as spam/junk folder for this email. If you do not get 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.

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.

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.


The Community Volunteer Application is now 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.