Adult Volunteer Opportunities – Summer 2015

University Hospital

A 570-bed top ranked hospital serving Central Virginia.  Volunteer opportunities include direct and indirect patient contact.

Escort & Wayfinding: A customer service position for those who like to walk. Volunteers assist patients and families by walking with them to their first destination.  Friendly, gregarious people are wanted in this role.  Basic wheelchair training provided.

Hours:  Monday–Friday, hours and location negotiable

Patient Ambassador:  Friendly visiting with newly admitted patients in their rooms, volunteers welcome patients and families to UVA, and describe available services and amenities.

Hours:  Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Driver, Patient Courtesy Shuttle: Help patients and families navigate across “The Link” between University Hospital and the West Complex, driving a 3-passenger golf cart.  A great sit-down job for someone interested in providing great customer service, and saving many steps for frail patients. A valid driver's license is required. Ask for Maureen

Hours:  Monday–Friday, 3 hour shift between 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Gift Shop: The Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop in the main lobby offers flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, gift items, gift items, books & Magazines, snack foods, toiletries, and sundries.  Volunteers run the cash register, stock items, and offer excellent customer service Training is provided.  The Gift shop is a great place to learn retail. Ask for LaDelle

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM and Weekends 12:00 PM-4:00 PM

Music for Healing: Soothing music can transform the busy hospital atmosphere and help to create a calm, relaxing environment. Volunteers who are pianists are invited to help create this feeling by playing the Lobby piano.  Others who play more portable instruments are able to play in certain patient care areas.  Audition required. Ask for Sally

Hours:  Flexible

Oncology Unit Friendly Visitor & Administrative Support: Volunteers support patients and familes during their stay by providing companionship, empathetic listening and a cheerful diversion with shared activities. Volunteers also provide clerical support for the Unit. Ask for Maureen

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Palliative Care/Geriatric Unit Friendly Visitor: A Family Centered Care Unit supporting patients and families during their stay.  Patients on this unit include both older, frail adults needing rehabilitation as well as adult patients receiving palliative (symptom management) care or care at the end of life.  Roles include visiting with the patients, providing companionship, empathetic listening and a cheerful diversion with shared activities, encouraging patients to eat, running errands for patients and clerical support for the Unit. Ask for LaDelle

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Surgical Family Lounge: Volunteers meet and greet patients who are having surgery and escort them to the surgery unit, ensure good communication with family while the surgery is happening.  Volunteers support patients and families through the day. Ask for LaDelle

Hours: Monday-Friday; 5:00 AM-9:00 AM, or 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Substitutes also needed

MERCI Program: The Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory Program (MERCI) shares our supply abundance with other in the world who need medical supplies, while preventing unuses items from going to the landfill. Volunteers sort, pack, and prepare a large variety of clean surplus medical supplies from UVA operating rooms, clinics and untis for redistribution to medically needy area. Ask for LaDelle

Hours. Thursday only, flexible between the hours of 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Inpatient Therapy Assistant: Individuals who plan to apply to Physical Therapy School (Pre PT) may apply for this role. Volunteers assist physical and occupational therapy staff to deliver therapy interventions to adult inpatients i.e., retrieval and set up of equipment, assistance with gait training, wheelchair transport, and other duties to assist the therapist. Must be able to stand, push, pull, and lift 25 pounds. Ask for Maureen

Hours: To be determined

Transitional Care Hospital

The Transitional Care Hospital is a long term acute care facility located at 2965 Ivy Road in Charlottesville. There are several ways in which volunteers can plug in and make a real difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and guests.

Patient Emissary: Volunteers provide support to patients and families during their stay through visiting, providing companionship and sharing activities. Volunteers provide exemplary customer service by answering call bells in person and assist with providing comfort measures. Volunteers work under the direction of a physical therapist to assist as needed during therapy sessions. Volunteers also assist staff with such tasks as paperwork, answering phones, restocking and running errands. Ask for LaDelle

Hours: Daily, 3 or 4 hours shifts, between 7:00 AM-9:00 PM

Hallway Musicians: Volunteer musicians are invited to play their instrument in a corridor where the music will waft into nearby rooms. Music creates a pleasant and healing environment for patients, families and staff providing comfort and diversion in an often-difficult environment. Ask for LaDelle

Hours: Flexible and include evenings and weekends

Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

A nationally recognized cancer center where patients receive all the treatment they need in one central location.  Volunteers provide support and comfort to patients in their battle against cancer.

Flourish Boutique: A positive image boutique designed to help those facing cancer to look and feel their best. Help patients to feel more vibrant, confident and better able to face the callenges of cancer. Volunteers run the cash register, stock items, and offer excellent customer service. The Boutique is a great place to learn retail. Ask for Maureen

Hours: Monday-Friday, morning and afernoon shifts

Infusion Hospitality: Volunteers provide hospitality by serviing refreshments, comfort care items, empathetic listening and practical support to patients receiving intravenous medications. Need substitutes too. Ask for Maureen

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM, 9:00 AM-12:30- 3:30 PM

Clinic Hospitality: Volunteers provide refreshments and empathetic listening to patients and their caregivers in the many waiting rooms of the Cancer Center. Ask for Maureen

Hours: Thursday, Friday, 3 hours shift between 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

UVA HOPE Cancer Care - Augusta

The HOPE Cancer Care Center of Augusta is located at 57 Beam Lane, Suite 300 in Fishersville, VA specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and long term care of adult patients with cancer and blood disorders.

Infusion Hospitality: Volunteers provide hospitality by serving refreshments, comfort care items, empathetic listening and practical support to patients receiving intravenous medications. Ask for Maureen

Hours: Monday-Friday, 3 hour shift between 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Emergency Department

A level I trauma Center with 41 beds providing treatment for approximately 61,000 patients annually.  Volunteers work with patients and families in a fast paced environment.

ED Clinic Volunteer: Assist staff and patients in the patient care area of the Emergency Department. Duties include stocking supplies and making “comfort rounds” on stable patients. Ask for LaDelle

Hours:  Daily, 9:00 AM-Noon, Noon-3:00 PM, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

ED Patient & Guest Representative: Volunteers staff the waiting room in the Emergency Department, supporting families of patients receiving emergency treatment.  Volunteers track patients' progress, facilitate communication with medical staff, direct families and patients to hospital and community resources, and offer support as families await news of their loved ones.  A busy location suitable for high-energy volunteers. Ask for LaDelle

Hours:  Daily, 3 hour shifts, between 10:00 AM-10:00 PM

Other Locations

Dialysis Clinic Friendly Visitor: Volunteers provide support and companionship to patients during treatment. Ask for LaDelle

Hours: Flexible

Hospitality House: The 59-bed Hospitality House provides close, low-cost lodging for patients and families traveling far from home.  Volunteers register new guests, show them to their rooms, and provide friendly visiting and companionship.
Location:  205 14th St. Ask for Sally

Hours:  Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 PM-7:00 or 8:00 PM

Outpatient Surgery Center: Volunteers meet and greet patients who are having surgery, and ensure communication with family while the surgery is happening. Volunteers support patients and families through their day.
Location: Barry Battle Building, 1204 W. Main St

Hours:  Flexible, Monday-Friday; between 6:00 AM- 7:30 PM

Substitutes also needed

Pet Therapy: Working through Therapy Dogs International, Therapy Dog Incorporated, or Pet Partners/Delta Society, certified dogs and their owner/handlers visit patients in a variety of locations throughout the Medical Center. Dogs must be certified before visiting the hospital. Ask for Kim

Hours: Flexible

UVA Children’s Hospital

At the UVA Children’s Hospital, children and their families are special.  They receive special care in a warm, friendly environment especially designed for them.  Offering total healthcare – everything from well-baby visits to heart transplants.

Inpatient Pediatric Bedside Visiting & Pre-School Classroom: Help staff lead educational and play activities for children.  In addition to group activities, volunteers may make bedside visits to read a story, play a game, or give parents a break. Evening and weekend volunteers spend their time making bedside visits to pediatric patients and their families. Ask for Kim

Hours: Daily, hours vary, between 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

Creativity Zone: Help make pediatric clinic visits positive experiences for patients, siblings, and parents/caregivers through arts, crafts, and reading. Volunteers coordinate activities that engage children and facilitate play in the waiting room of the clinic. Activities include facilitation of arts and crafts and book reading. Ask for Kim
Location: Barry Battle Outpatient Children's Hospital

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 1:00 PM–4:00 PM


A great opportunity for those who want to help from home. We graciously accept crafted items from pet free, smoke free homes. If you'd like to create something not losted below please call in advance to review our requirements for donated items.

Knitters and crocheters are needed to make lap robes for patients in the Dialysis Clinic who are often cold during their treatment. Soft warm fibers and happy colors can cheer the soul. Samples size is 4 feet long x 2 1/2-3 feet wide. Ask for LaDelle.

Busy Blanket seamstresses are need to volunteer their time and talen to add pockets, buttons and zippers to soft fleece blankets to be used with fall risk patients who are also dealing with delirium. Having an activity on the blanket to keep hand busy reduces anxiety and benefits both the patient and staff. Ask for LaDelle