At UW Health, our volunteers play an important role in the overall success of our organization. They assist patients, their families, and visitors to our facilities and are valued members of the health care team.
Prospective volunteers who are not currently undergraduate college students may start our process at any time, including teens, graduate students and all adults.
For the health and safety of our patients and you, the process to become a volunteer requires a number of steps.
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
This information is for volunteering at all UW Health facilities, including University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, American Family Children's Hospital, UW Health at The American Center, and UW Health clinics.
Volunteer Services does not coordinate shadowing or observing. For more information on this process please contact the Vendor Liaison Office.
Prospective Volunteer FAQ
- How long does the entire process take?
- Why can't I just start volunteering now?
- I'm a college student. When should I start the process?
- I am an adult or a high school student. When should I start the process?
- How do I register for an orientation?
- What if I can't attend any of the orientations listed on the website?
- Can I come a little late to the orientation or leave a little early?
- Do I need to have my application or health assessment filled out before the orientation?
- I have questions about the TB test requirements. Whom should I ask?
- What is the time commitment for volunteering at UW Health?
- I only need a certain number of volunteer hours in order to fulfill the requirements of my class/court sentence/similar reason. Would I be able to do that at UW Health?
- Who can I ask about anything pertaining to Volunteer Services?
- Will I get a response from Volunteer Services faster if I send an e-mail and call?
From the time you attend an orientation to the actual date you start volunteering, the entire process could take up to a month or more.
Due to the rules and regulations governing health care organizations, there are certain steps that any person who wants to be a volunteer must follow. Those steps include making sure a volunteer has completed a health assessment so there is no risk of spreading certain diseases to patients or becoming infected by certain diseases. Criminal background checks and interviews are also required. In accordance with regulatory agencies' rules, every volunteer must be made aware of specific information concerning patient privacy plus safety and infection control before starting to volunteer.
You should start the process at least two months prior to the semester you wish to volunteer during.
If you are an adult, you can start the process at any time. If you’re a high school student, you can start after you reach age 16.
On the website there are several places you can click on a link to register.
The orientations listed on the website are the only orientations we offer, and they are required in order to volunteer at UW Health. We do update the list, so you can always check back in a few months to see if there is a future orientation that may fit your schedule.
No. You must arrive on time. The information presented at the orientation is very important and cannot be missed. If you are unable to stay for the full orientation, please register for a future orientation.
No. You will receive the application and all other materials at the orientation. The process will be explained and any questions answered then.
No. As will be explained at the orientation, the health assessment will go to Employee Health, and the application will be brought to the placement interview.
Please wait until after you have attended an orientation. Most of your questions about TB test requirements will be addressed during that time.
We require a one-semester or six-month commitment from our volunteers. The volunteer shifts usually are between two and four hours, one time per week.
No, we do not accept volunteers in those kinds of short-term situations. The cost is too high and the process too complex.
Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. Our phone number is (608) 263-6046 and our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, we would rather you don't do both as this will lead to delays because of the number of inquiries we receive. Please send us an e-mail or contact us by phone. E-mail is the preferred method of communication. Volunteer Services responds to e-mail and phone calls on a first-come, first-serve basis.