Become an OHSU Health Care Volunteer

Volunteers in the healthcare mission are placed in a variety of settings, in which they spend their time and talents to serve patients, families, and staff. We're always interested in hearing from reliable, compassionate people who would like to help our patients on a regular basis. Placements are determined based upon the volunteer's skills, interests, availability and previous experience.

Explore volunteer opportunities in health care

See FAQs for prospective health care volunteers

Onboarding process time: 6-8 weeks

  • Fill out the online application.
  • Within 2-3 weeks of submitting an application, you will be invited to an in-person New Volunteer Orientation. Orientations generally take place during the first week of each calendar month.
  • After you attend a New Volunteer Orientation, you will be asked to attend an in-person New Volunteer Interview to be placed in a program based on your experience, interests and availability. Interviews take place the second or third week of each calendar month.
  • After your interview, you will be sent an email with an offer for a volunteer position along with a location, day and time. Should you accept the position, you will be asked to sign a few documents and send them to OVV.
  • Your welcome packet will outline everything you need to do to get started as a volunteer. Including, but not limited to:
    • Medical clearance
    • Online trainings
    • Background check
    • ID badge pick up
  • You will schedule and attend training as outlined in your welcome packet.
  • After you have completed the training outlined on your welcome packet, you will be ready to start your minimum commitment of 6 months as a volunteer.

1. Are you eligible?

  • You can commit to 26 shifts (6 months) of volunteering for 4 hours a week.
  • You meet the minimum age requirements:
    • Guide (must be at least 14 years old)
    • Art Cart (must be at least 16 years old)
    • Age 18+ are eligible for all positions
  • You are able to complete all trainings and compliance requirements:
    • Approximately 9 hours of online training
    • Medical clearance involving immunizations and a tuberculosis (TB) test
    • Background check
    • Multiple trips to OHSU during business hours for orientations, trainings and badge pickup

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?

Review the volunteer opportunities in health care and decide where you'd like to be involved.

3. Apply

Summer Program Application: please use this link only

All others:

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

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Volunteer benefits

Volunteers provide valuable contribution and enhance the experience of patients, families, and visitors, while supporting staff with non-medical tasks.

Volunteers gain valuable experience in a unique academic hospital setting.

Volunteers receive a discount on a Tri-Met annual pass or parking for your volunteer shift, free trips on the Portland Aerial Tram and Portland Streetcar, and free access to the OHSU shuttle.

Volunteers have access to resources at the OHSU Library.

Volunteers receive a food barcode after 100 hours of volunteer service.