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 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
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.
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?
- 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
- Day Stay Surgery
- Diabetes Clinic
- Doernbecher Outpatient Clinic (Art Cart Volunteer)
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic
- Pediatric Surgery Services
- 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.
- Hematology-Oncology and Intermediate Care
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.Research, Central Services and Academic Volunteer Services
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.
*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.