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 6 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.
Volunteers who are age 14-15 are eligible for the following role only:
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.
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.
- Art Cart volunteer Work to positively impact the patient care experience by playing games and making crafts with kids waiting in the Doernbecher Children's Hospital outpatient clinic.
2. Where do you want to volunteer?
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
- Neurology and ENT
- Orthopedic and Spine
- Surgical Oncology
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 (Art Cart Volunteer)
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic
- Pediatric Surgery Services
- Procedural Care Unit
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 and Surgical Intensive Care Unit
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.
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
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
- Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Clinic
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, the Trauma Research Academics Program (T-RAP) in the Trauma Surgery Department, and Visiting Practitioners. In addition to these programs, volunteers are encouraged to contact departments directly to partner in the creation and pursuit of additional opportunities.
Volunteer Services does not provide opportunities in research or academic settings. If you are interested in learning about these opportunities, please follow the link below to connect with the Office of Visitors and Volunteers.
During the summer months (June – September) we look for additional volunteers for the following opportunities:
- Art Cart (see Ambulatory Care for details)
- Family Resource Center (see Patient and Family Services for details)
- Farmers Market (see Patient and Family Services for details)
- Guide volunteers (see Wayfinding Services for details)
- Healing Through Music (see Patient and Family Services for details)
These roles provides individuals with an opportunity to gain valuable experience and exposure volunteering in Oregon's only comprehensive academic health center, while also having the opportunity to explore their interests within a healthcare environment.
Volunteers make a minimum commitment of two 4-hour shifts per week (same day and time each week) for a minimum of 3 months. If you are interested in volunteering for the Summer Program, please submit your application no later than April 15th.
Please note that we have a high volume of applicants and opportunities are limited. Volunteer Services will review applications in April. You will be contacted regarding the next steps should there be an opportunity that matches your availability, interest, and experience.
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.
*For Summer Program Application, please use the link provided in the above "Summer Program" dropdown menu only.
After you submit the online application, Volunteer Services will email you with next steps.
Contact Health Care Volunteer Services
Volunteers provide valuable contribution and enhance the experience of patients, families, and visitors, while supporting staff with non-medical tasks. Furthermore, volunteers gain valuable experience in a unique academic hospital setting. OHSU Healthcare Volunteer Services provides a discount on a Tri-Met annual pass or parking for your volunteer shift, free trips on the Portland Aerial Tram and Portland Streetcar, free access to the OHSU shuttle,access to resources at the OHSU Library, and a food barcode after 100 hours of volunteer service.