Volunteer at UW Health

Make a difference in the lives of our patients and visitors

Volunteers at UW Health are valued members of our health care team offering assistance each day to our patients, families and volunteers at various locations throughout our organization.

Overview

About volunteering at UW Health

A note about volunteering and COVID-19

In an ongoing effort to proceed with an abundance of caution and a steadfast commitment to patient safety, we have suspended onsite volunteering and are not accepting new volunteers at this time. Please check back for updated information, or feel free to email questions to volunteer.services@uwhealth.org

Volunteering at UW Health

We ask that you agree to a six-month time commitment. College students are asked to time their volunteering with the start of a school quarter. UW Health volunteers are required to be at least 16 years old and all volunteers need to follow regulatory requirements including annual trainings and maintaining up to date vaccinations.

How do I become a volunteer?

In an ongoing effort to proceed with an abundance of caution and a steadfast commitment to patient safety, we are not accepting new volunteers at this time. Please check back for updated information, or feel free to email questions to volunteer.services@uwhealth.org

Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteers play an important role across UW Health.

While there are a number of volunteer positions within the organization, not all positions are available at this time. Some positions are only open to adults. Positions marked with an * are appropriate for 16 years old or older if openings are available.

Opportunities at locations throughout UW Health

The following opportunities take place at University Hospital, UW Health at The American Center, Urgent Care locations and at clinics throughout the community.

American Family Children's Hospital volunteer positions

Some positions are available within American Family Children's Hospital. Positions marked with an * are open to 16 years old and older if openings are available.

Additional UW Health volunteering opportunities

Patient and Family Advisors are volunteers who have received care or who have had a family member who received care from UW Health in the last two years. Through participation in a council or a project, they play a meaningful role in helping to shape the patient experience.

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Volunteers help share the message about the importance of registering as an organ and tissue donor to increase the number of registered donors.

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Frequently asked questions

About volunteering

Volunteering at UW Health is rewarding, but does require a commitment to a regular schedule for at least six months. You may have questions about becoming a volunteer. The list below are a few of the common ones we receive. If you have questions not answered, you can email volunteer.services@uwhealth.org.

Common questions about volunteering at UW Health

UW Health has volunteer opportunities throughout our organization.

Two months prior to the semester is when you should apply to volunteer.

Volunteers must be able to commit to at least a six-month position.

UW Health is not able to accept volunteers for these short-term situations.

Volunteer shifts are usually between two and four hours, one time per week.

Yes. All volunteers must have an identification badge issued by UW Health. If you lose your badge, please contact Volunteer Services immediately. There will be a cost for replacement badges.

If it’s less than 24 hours’ notice, please phone the unit directly. You can find their number on the top of your position description.

If you know more than 24 hours in advance that you will need to miss a shift, you should notify your supervisor via email as soon as possible and copy Volunteer.Services@uwhealth.org on the email.

Please call or e-mail Volunteer Services to let us know. It is also important to let your supervisor know.

All changes to your volunteer shift should go through the Volunteers Services department, not your supervisor.

If it has been more than three years since you volunteered, please contact the volunteer services department to learn what steps you will need to take. If it has been less than three years since you last volunteered, email Volunteer Services that you would like to return. Include your availability and where you would like to volunteer. You may need to update your vaccinations and annual requirements.