Summer Volunteer Opportunities

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We've grouped these summer positions by service location. Sign up as a summer volunteer.

University Hospital

At our top-ranked hospital serving central Virginia, volunteer opportunities include direct and indirect patient contact.

Escort & Wayfinding

A customer service position for those who like to walk. Volunteers assist patients and families by walking with them to their first destination. Friendly, gregarious people are wanted in this role. Basic wheelchair training provided. Contact: Maureen Oswald.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 3-hour shifts between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Patient Ambassador

Friendly visiting with inpatients in their rooms, volunteers welcome patients and families to UVA and describe available services and amenities. Volunteers encourage patients to sign up for MyChart. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Driver, Patient Courtesy Shuttle

Help patients and families navigate across The Link, a corridor between University Hospital and the West Complex, driving a 3-passenger golf cart. A great sit-down job for someone interested in providing great customer service and saving many steps for frail patients. A valid driver’s license is required. Contact: Maureen Oswald.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 3-hour shifts between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Harmonies for Healing

Soothing music can transform the busy hospital atmosphere into a calmer, more relaxing environment. Volunteer musicians are invited to help create this feeling by playing in our lobby spaces. Audition required. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Hours: Flexible

Oncology Unit Friendly Visitor and Administrative Support

Volunteers support patients and families during their stay by providing companionship, empathetic listening and a cheerful diversion with shared activities. Provide clerical support for the unit. Contact: Maureen Oswald.

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends 

Palliative Care/Geriatric Unit Friendly Visitor

This family-centered care unit supports patients and families during their stay. Patients on this unit include both older, frail adults needing rehabilitation as well as adult patients receiving palliative (symptom management) care or care at the end of life. Roles include visiting with the patients, providing companionship, empathetic listening and a cheerful diversion with shared activities, encouraging patients to eat, running errands for patients and clerical support. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Surgical Family Lounge

Volunteers meet and greet patients who are having surgery, escort them to the surgery unit, and ensure good communication with family during the surgery. Volunteers support patients and families throughout the day. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Hours: Monday - Friday; 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., or 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Substitutes also needed.

Inpatient Therapy Assistant   

Individuals who plan to apply to Physical Therapy School (Pre PT) may apply for this role. Volunteers assist therapists with delivering therapy interventions to adult inpatients under the therapist’s guidance, i.e., retrieval and set up of equipment, assistance with gait training, wheelchair transport and other duties to assist the therapist. Must be able to stand, push, pull and lift 25 pounds. Contact: Maureen Oswald.

Hours: Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon shifts

Rounding with Heart  

Volunteers round with a team of health care professionals on the cardiology unit, providing key assistance to the team. Volunteers page team members as directed and collect data. After rounding, volunteers then visit with and provide friendly visiting to patients from rounds that you feel will benefit from an interaction. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 2-3 hour shifts between 8:45 a.m. - 11:00 or 12:00 p.m.

Transitional Care Hospital

At this long-term acute care facility, volunteers can make a real difference in the lives of our patients, their families and guests. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Patient Emissary

Volunteers offer support to patients and families during their stay through visiting, providing companionship and sharing in activities. Volunteers provide exemplary customer service by answering call bells in person and assist with providing comfort measures. Volunteers work under the direction of a physical therapist to assist as needed during therapy sessions. Volunteers also help staff with such tasks as paperwork, answering phones, restocking and running errands.

Hours: Daily, 3 or 4-hour shifts, between 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Harmonies for Healing

Volunteer musicians are invited to play their instrument in a corridor where the music will waft into nearby rooms. Music creates a pleasant and healing environment for patients, families and staff, providing comfort and diversion in an often-difficult environment.

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

At our nationally recognized cancer center, patients receive all the treatment they need in one central location. Volunteers provide support and comfort to patients in their battle against cancer. Contact: Maureen Oswald.

Flourish Boutique

A positive image boutique designed to help those facing cancer look and feel their best. Help patients to feel more vibrant, confident and better able to face the challenges of cancer. Volunteers run the cash register, stock items and offer excellent customer service. The boutique is a great place to learn retail.

Hours: Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon shifts 

Infusion Hospitality

Volunteers provide hospitality by serving refreshments, comfort care items, empathic listening and practical support to patients receiving intravenous medications. Need substitutes too.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 2 to 4-hour shifts

Clinic Hospitality

Volunteers provide refreshments and empathetic listening to patients and their caregivers in the many waiting rooms of the Cancer Center. Great opportunity to work in pairs.

Hours: Monday - Friday, morning and afternoon shifts 

Harmonies for Healing

Volunteer musicians play instrumental music in a corridor to benefit patients in nearby rooms. Music creates a pleasant and healing environment for patients, families and staff, providing comfort in a challenging environment.

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Emergency Department

This level I Trauma Center provides treatment for approximately 61,000 patients annually. Volunteers support our patients and families during their stay. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

ED Clinic

Volunteers assist staff and patients in the patient care area of the Emergency Department. Duties include stocking supplies and making comfort rounds on stable patients.

Hours: Daily, 3-hour shifts between 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

ED Lobby

Liaison volunteers staff the waiting room in the Emergency Department, supporting families of patients receiving emergency treatment. Volunteers track patients' progress, facilitate communication with medical staff, direct families and patients to hospital and community resources, offer support as families await news of their loved ones and escort authorized visitors to the patient’s bedside; a busy location, suitable for high-energy volunteers.

Hours: Daily, 3-hour shifts between 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Individual Locations

ALS Clinic

Provide support to patients, families and staff on two Thursdays per month, assisting, escorting and transporting patients to the clinic room. Give exceptional customer service, administrative assistance and teamwork. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Dialysis Clinic

Volunteers provide support and companionship to patients during treatment.

Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Location: UVA Medical Center West Complex and Zion Crossroads

Hours: Flexible

Outpatient Surgery Center

Volunteers meet and greet patients who are having surgery, escort to the assigned surgery suite and ensure communication with family while the surgery is happening. Volunteers support patients and families throughout their day. Substitutes also needed. Contact: LaDelle Gay.

Location: Barry Battle Building

Hours: Flexible, between 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hours: Flexible

UVA Children’s 

Children and their families are special. They receive special care in a warm, friendly environment especially designed for them. Contact: Kim Garofalo.

Inpatient Pediatric Bedside Visiting

Help staff lead educational and play activities for children. In addition to group activities, volunteers may make bedside visits to read a story, play a game, or give parents a break. Evening and weekend volunteers spend their time making bedside visits to pediatric patients and their families.

Hours: Daily: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Creativity Zone

Help make pediatric clinic visits positive experiences for patients, siblings and parents/caregivers through arts, crafts and reading. Volunteers coordinate activities that engage children and facilitate play in the waiting room of the clinic. Activities include arts, crafts and book reading.

Location: Battle Building

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Therapy Assistant

Help pediatric patients receiving physical and occupational therapy with patient care activities and routine activities. An excellent opportunity to observe and learn about pediatric therapy services.

Location: Battle Building

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (shifts vary)