Become a Volunteer

Welcome! OHSU Healthcare Volunteer Services is committed to serving patients and families utilizing volunteer resources. Our program is built around very special people — people like you, who care enough about others to give of your time and talent to support patients and visitors throughout OHSU’s hospital and clinics. OHSU Healthcare volunteers work alongside staff who are continually recognized as leaders in delivering quality health care. OHSU's mission of healing, teaching and research, combined with your commitment to community service truly sets us apart.

Volunteers are placed in a variety of settings including family and visitor service areas and inpatient care areas within OHSU, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Kohler Pavilion, and the Center for Health & Healing.  

We’re always interested in hearing from reliable and compassionate individuals who would like to help our patients and families on a regular basis. At OHSU Healthcare, we recognize the valuable contributions made by our volunteers every day. We place volunteers in both patient care areas and non-patient care related opportunities depending on their skills, interests and previous experience.

1. Are you eligible?

  • Can commit to six months of service
    Some assignments require 12 months of service. Volunteers are assigned to a regular weekly schedule, serving 3-4 hours per week/shift depending on the assignment.
  • Can complete the OHSU Volunteer Services compliance requirements
    Includes a clear background check and participating in Occupational Health visits for immunization and TB screenings.
  • Age 14 or older
    Volunteers who are age 18 and over are eligible for any of the roles described in the "Where do you want to volunteer?" section. Volunteers 14-17, please see below.
Age 14-15

Volunteers who are age 14-15 are eligible for the following role only: Guide

Guide volunteers work to positively impact the patient care experience by greeting and assisting patients, families and guests by escorting them to and from their appointments and other destinations throughout the hospitals, clinics and university campus.

Age 16-17

Volunteers who are age 16-17 are eligible for either of the following roles: 

  • Guide volunteer Work to positively impact the patient care experience by greeting and assisting patients, families and guests by escorting them to and from their appointments and other destinations throughout the hospitals, clinics and university campus.
  • Activities volunteer Work to positively impact the patient care experience by playing games and make crafts with kids waiting in the Doernbecher Children's Hospital outpatient clinic.

2. Where do you want to volunteer?

Adult Inpatient Units

Volunteers in the Adult Inpatient Units work to positively impact the patient care experience by visiting and spending quality time with patients, providing exceptional customer service to them and their families, and supporting the nursing and administrative staff by assisting with non-medical tasks while expanding their own knowledge of an inpatient hospital setting.
  • Abdominal Transplant and Surgical Specialties
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cardiac and Progressive Care
  • Emergency Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Mother-Baby 
  • Neurology and ENT
  • Orthopedic and Spine 
  • Surgical Oncology

Ambulatory Care

Volunteers in Ambulatory Care work to positively impact the patient care experience by providing comfort to patients and families, offering access to information, giving directions, and providing non-medical support to staff while expanding their own knowledge of an outpatient setting.
  • Day Stay Surgery
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Doernbecher Outpatient Clinic (Activities Volunteer)
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic
  • Pediatric Surgery Services
  • Procedural Care Unit

Intensive Care Units

Volunteers in Intensive Care Areas provide non-medical support to the unit, by supporting the nursing staff and spending quality time visiting with patients to promote the delivery of outstanding service to our patients, families and guests. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to learn about a wide variety of diagnoses which require surgical interventions and recovery for emergency surgical and trauma related conditions in an inpatient care environment which utilizes a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Patient and Family Services

Volunteers for Patient and Family Services are designated for specific missions to improve the experience of patients and families by providing additional services, support, and resources.

  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Family Resource Center
  • Farmers Market (Summer, June-September)
  • Healing Through Music
  • ICU Reception
  • Lay Servers/Spiritual Care
  • Photography
  • Tom Sergeant Safety Center

Pediatric Inpatient Units

Volunteers in the Pediatric Inpatient Units assist the Child Life Specialists to positively impact the experience of hospitalization for children/adolescents and their families by providing emotional support and developmentally appropriate play activities. Volunteers provide comfort to patients and families, access to information, give directions, and provide non-medical support to staff while expanding their own knowledge of an inpatient hospital setting.
  • Hematology-Oncology and Intermediate Care 
  • Pediatric Acute Care Center

Rehabilitation Services

Volunteers in Rehabilitation Services work to positively impact the patient care experience by assisting speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and/or physical therapists in providing services to patients with acute and/or chronic disabilities. Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to help the therapists in therapy sessions and will be assigned tasks that help keep the clinic area running efficiently.

  • Audiology Clinic
  • Autism Clinic
  • Feeding Clinic
  • Hemophilia Clinic
  • Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Clinic

Research, Academic and Central Services

Volunteers in these areas support the missions of scientific discovery and education as well as university administration. We applaud our volunteers for living out the core competencies of the organization.

Several programs are housed in this category including the Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) in Emergency Medicine, Pre-Dental, and the Critical Care Academics Associates Program (CCAAP) in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition to these programs, volunteers are encouraged to contact departments directly to partner in the creation and pursuit of additional opportunities.

Learn more about volunteering in Research, Academic and Central Services  

Wayfinding Services

Wayfinding or Guide volunteers work to positively impact the patient care experience by greeting and assisting patients, families and guests by escorting them to and from their appointments and other destinations throughout the hospitals, clinics and university campus.
  • Guide

External Volunteer Opportunities

  • American Cancer Society
  • Children’s Cancer Association
  • Children’s Healing Art Project
  • Hearing Screening
  • PDX Doulas
  • Spiritual Care/Chaplain Services
  • Transhealth Program

 

3. Apply

Apply now

After you submit the online application, Volunteer Services will email you with next steps.