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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 staff at various locations throughout our organization.


About volunteering at UW Health

How do I become a volunteer?

UW Health offers volunteer opportunities at its facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Please refer to the information below for the state you wish to volunteer in.

In Wisconsin

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for UW Health.

The volunteer onboarding process can take about 2 months. Once onboarded, we require a minimum 6-month consecutive volunteer commitment or one full semester. Volunteers must be out of high school and at least 18 years of age to apply.

At this time our application is closed to students. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to complete the onboarding requirements and be placed for the start of fall semester. We will reopen the application to students in mid-September in preparation for Spring semester onboarding. Please revisit this webpage at that time for updates.

If you are not a student, are 18 years of age or older and can commit to a six consecutive month volunteer placement, please email us at to start the onboarding process.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in volunteering and look forward to connecting with you!

To apply for positions in Wisconsin

Currently our application process is closed to students. Please email to start the onboarding process if you:

  • Are not a student

  • Are 18 years of age

  • Can commit to 6 consecutive month volunteer placement

In Illinois

To apply to become a volunteer for UW Health locations in Illinois, please complete the following forms:

For facilities in Illinois, please contact (779) 696-4310.

Questions about volunteering?

Please reach out to the Volunteer Services team if you have any questions about volunteering.



In Wisconsin

We have volunteer opportunities throughout UW Health, including East Madison Hospital, University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital and clinics throughout the Dane County area.

In Illinois

In Illinois facilities, volunteer opportunities can be found in:

  • Gift shop

  • Mail and flower delivery

  • Patient care assistants

  • Patient dismissal

  • Wayfinding

Additional opportunities

Patient and Family Advisor Program

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.

Learn more

Organ and Tissue Donation

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

Learn more

Current or returning volunteers

What you need to know

Thank you for volunteering with UW Health. We appreciate the time and commitment that you provide to our patients, visitors and staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Annual health assessments and trainings

Current volunteers are subject to regulatory requirements for annual health assessments and trainings each fall. These requirements must be completed and documented with the Volunteers Services department to continue volunteering with UW Health.

In Illinois

For questions, please contact (779) 696-4310.

To schedule TB or flu shot, please contact Associate Health Services at (779) 696-4112.

In Wisconsin

If you are not sure if your annual requirements are up-to-date, please contact the Volunteer Services office at (608) 263-6046 or