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Why volunteer?


Are you interested in giving some of your time to help others during what can be a stressful period in their lives? Looking for a way to give back to the community? Curious to learn more about healthcare professions?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, why not become a UK HealthCare volunteer? Our office offers volunteers an opportunity to use their abilities to improve the patient and family experience.

Adults 18 and older are welcome and encouraged to join us in caring for the people of the Commonwealth, and we have a yearly summer program for teens 14 to 17.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two hours a week, and there is no maximum. We'll work with you to create a schedule that fits your lifestyle.  

Benefits of volunteering

When you volunteer at UK HealthCare, you'll know you're helping people who really need you. Our volunteers say that the time they give at UK HealthCare is an invaluable experience and that the appreciation of the people they help is the greatest reward.  

We also like to recognize our volunteers for all the hard work they do. Our volunteers receive: 

  • Special celebrations throughout the year.
  • Group outings, including trips to Keeneland and other historic places across Kentucky.  
  • Free parking passes (not available for current UK employees and students).
  • Free LexTran fare with your UK volunteer ID badge.
  • Discounts on meals in our cafeterias and cafe areas.

Current opportunities

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at UK HealthCare! Volunteers help across the healthcare campus, including UK Chandler and UK Good Samaritan emergency departments, information desks, surgery waiting rooms, gift shops and ambulatory clinics. We have Child Life opportunities available in the Kentucky Children's Hospital, but are not accepting new volunteers for our Baby Cuddling program. This page will be updated as soon as openings occur.

Our application process consists of the following: 

  • Completed application packet
  • In-person interview
  • Background check/drug screening is required for every adult over 18 (not required for teens)
  • Medical screens (including TB risk assessment and blood test; proof of immunity to MMR, Varicella, and Tdap; and flu shot during flu season).

Teen volunteers  

Information for our 2019 program will be posted on February 15, 2019. Unfortunately, we do not accept new teen volunteers during the academic year.

College volunteers

Hello Students! We are glad that you have decided to spend your semester with us; below you will find additional information as you begin the process.

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND: You will be expected to volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours weekly through Friday, April 26, including “Dead Week." When considering volunteering with us, look closely at your schedule to ensure you have enough time to commit to a weekly shift. Studying for an exam or working on a project does NOT excuse you from your volunteer shift and it is your responsibility to plan accordingly.

Examples of volunteer placement areas we have:

  • Surgery waiting room
  • Gift shop
  • Mail & flower delivery
  • Emergency department
  • Histology lab
  • Oral pathology lab
  • Markey Cancer Center, etc.
  • Placements within Kentucky Children’s Hospital are incredibly limited, and are reserved for those majoring in Family/Child Studies. We will discuss specific opportunities in more detail during the interview.

Step 1: Complete this survey to set up an interview: Interviews will be held Weds., Jan. 2 – Weds. Jan.16, and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Please allow at least an hour for your appointment.  You will be emailed confirmation of your interview date and time, and receive a link to the online application packet, on Fri., Dec. 21.

Step 2: Review and complete the entire application packet no later than 4 p.m. the day before your interview. The application consists of:

  • Volunteer application
  • HIPAA information and exam
  • Volunteer Handbook and exam

Also, locate a copy of your immunization records. You will need to provide proof of MMR (2 shots and/or proof of disease), Varicella/Chickenpox (2 shots and/or proof of disease), Tdap (1 shot), and a current 18-19 flu shot in order to be compliant.  (If you think you have had the vaccines but cannot find the records, Health Services will draw titers for you.) If you’ve not had a flu shot this year, one will be provided for you.

Step 3: Interview time! Bring your immunization records and availability for spring (this would include class/work schedule/other commitments).  We will discuss your application, available openings and your specific volunteer interests. Immediately following the interview, you will be sent to HR for your background check and to schedule the drug/medical screens at Health Services.

Step 4: On-boarding appointments will be scheduled between Tuesday, January 22 – Thursday, January 31. At this appointment, you’ll watch an orientation video, pay your dues, and receive your schedule/ID badge/polo shirt. They are typically no more than 30 minutes.

Step 5: You will complete any additional trainings and begin your first shift! J From the day of your interview until your 1st day volunteering, will be between 2 – 4 weeks.

Adult volunteers

Our application period has closed for 2018. Please check back on February 1, 2019 for spring application dates. 

Our current wish list

The following items are things that patients will frequently request from our office. All donations should be brand new and not marked with any political/religious affiliations.

  • Activity books (puzzles, crosswords, seek and finds, Sudoku, etc.)
  • Coloring books
  • Writing utensils (pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons)
  • Small, compact games (such as decks of cards)
  • Brand new underwear (men and women, all sizes)
  • Sweatshirts, and sweatpants/yoga pants/pajama pants (men and women, sizes S, M, L, XL)

Please contact Volunteer Services at 859-323-6023 or e-mail the Volunteer Office if you have any questions. 

UK HealthCare does not accept volunteers requiring court-ordered community service hours.

Our volunteer program is unable to offer externships, internships, job shadowing, drop-in assignments, etc.

Volunteering at UK HealthCare does not lead to employment within the University of Kentucky system.