Volunteers with OHSU Health Care are placed in a variety of settings in the adult hospital and clinics and at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and clinics, in which volunteers share their time and talent, including opportunities in family and visitor service areas and inpatient care areas. We’re always interested in hearing from reliable, compassionate people who would like to help our patients and families on a regular basis. Placements are determined based upon the volunteer’s skills, interests, availability and previous experience.
Frequently asked questions
To volunteer at OHSU, you must be at least 14 years of age and in high school. At Doernbecher, the minimum age is 16.
We require a minimum commitment of six months of service in most of our volunteer assignments; although some assignments require a longer commitment time. Volunteers are assigned to a regular weekly schedule, serving a minimum of 4 hours per week/shift.
Our minimum commitment for volunteers is six months, done in a minimum of one three-to-four-hour shift per week. To find one-day or family-friendly volunteer options in the community visit the Portland area volunteer center.
We are unable to offer group volunteer opportunities at OHSU Healthcare due to infection control standards, as well as the protection of our patients’ confidentiality and comfort. Your group can help OHSU Hospital and Clinics or Doernbecher Children's Hospital by organizing fundraiser or toy drives.
We do not assist with arranging shadowing opportunities. If you are interested in shadowing a doctor or nurse, please talk to your primary care provider.
If you are a student interested in volunteering to assist in a lab, please contact the research department directly. If a lab selects you as a volunteer, the department will contact the academic volunteer coordinator to assist you with completing any requirements.