New Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering in Research or Academics at OHSU! We work with more than 650 volunteers, each of whom has self-selected where he or she would like to volunteer at OHSU.

Tip: The average time to register a volunteer is 2-3 weeks, this can vary based on several factors (e.g. background check timeline, volunteer responsiveness, volunteers ability to attend orientation sessions, etc.). Please plan accordingly.

 RAVS is currently closed to new Step 1 Registration
packets from August 1st - August 31st, 2014

  • Any paperwork submitted to RAVS from August 1st - August 31st  will be processed in the order received starting the week of September 1st, 2014
  • Any new Step 1 Registration packets that are already in process or submitted before August 1st will continued to be processed in the order received
  • RAVS will host the two New Volunteer Orientations in August as scheduled
  • Any existing volunteer inquires or requests to re-activate volunteers will not be affected by this closure to new Step 1 Registration packets
  • RAVS closes to new Step 1 Registration packets in August and December annually


How to become a volunteer

 Are you eligible?

  • Are you at least 16 years of age?
  • Can you commit to serving as a volunteer for a total of at least 40 hours?
  • Are you able to complete all OHSU Volunteer Services compliance (including a clear background check)?

 Where do you want to volunteer?

 Apply for  and secure a volunteer opportunity here

Have you secured a volunteer opportunity?

Time to start registration:


Step 1 - With your hosting site, submit a Job Site Information form and a Background Disclosure Request  form

Tip: Anticipate an approximate 1 week turn around time to process and approve these forms. Delayed background checks can delay RAVS turn around times.

Step 2 - Preparing for Orientation

  • You will be invited to attend an upcoming orientation session
  • Further registration materials will be given for you to complete
Tip: Do not sign up for orientation until all Step 2 materials are completed, including a TB skin test (if required).

Step 3 -Orientation

  • Submit all completed registration materials at orientation
Tip: Anticipate an approximate 1 week turn around time to process these forms.

Step 4 - Obtain an ID Badge

  • Once processed and approved, we will e-mail you the required documents to obtain your OHSU ID badge

Step 5 - Start volunteering!

  • Once you have an ID badge you can start volunteering!