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 six 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 (including a clear background check and participating in Occupational Health visits for immunization and TB screenings)
- Are 14 or older
Volunteers 14-17, please see below. 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 who are age 14-15 are eligible for the following role only: Guide Volunteer
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.
Volunteers who are age 16-17 are eligible for either of the following roles:
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.
- Activities Volunteer
Activities volunteers work to positively impact the patient care
experience by playing games and make crafts with kids waiting in the
Doernbecher Children's Hospital outpatient clinic.
2. Where do you want to volunteer?
- Abdominal Transplant and Surgical Specialties
- Family Medicine
- Emergency Surgery
- General Surgery
- Orthopedic and Spine
- Neurology and ENT
- Cardiac and Progressive Care
- Surgical Oncology
- Bone Marrow Transplant
- Procedural Care Unit
- Day Stay Surgery
- Diabetes Clinic
- Doernbecher Outpatient Clinic (Activities Volunteer)
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic
- Pediatric Surgery Services
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Medical Intensive Care Unit
- Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
- Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
- Trauma Intensive Care Unit
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Family Resource Center
- Farmers Market (Summer, June-September)
- Healing Through Music
- ICU Reception
- Lay Servers/Spiritual Care
- Tom Sergeant Safety Center
- Pediatric Acute Care Center
- Hematology-Oncology and Intermediate Care
- Audiology Clinic
- Autism Clinic
- Feeding Clinic
- Hemophilia 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, and the Critical Care Academics Associates Program (CCAAP) in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition to these programs, volunteers are encouraged to contact departments directly to partner in the creation and pursuit of additional opportunities.Learn more about volunteering in Research, Academic and Central Services