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Volunteer at UK HealthCare

Why Volunteer?


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 health care professions?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, why not become a UK HealthCare volunteer? Our office offers a wide variety of opportunities across the UK HealthCare Enterprise. We provide volunteers with an opportunity to use their skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the patient and family experience.  

The Benefits of Volunteering

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

Even so, 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 pass (unavailable for current UK employees and/or students).
  • Free LexTran fare with your UK Volunteer ID badge.
  • Discount on meals in our cafeterias and cafe areas.

Our Current Opportunities

Volunteers are used all across the healthcare campus: UK Chandler and UK Good Samaritan emergency departments, information desks, surgery waiting rooms, gift shops and ambulatory clinics. URGENT NEED: UK Auxiliary Gift Shops in Pavilion A and Pavilion H. Whether providing gift items, comfort items or essentials, our gift shop volunteers serve patients, visitors, families and staff members. A cheerful disposition and an interest in learning about hospital retail is all that is needed to join our gift shop team! Detailed training is provided.   

Adults who are 18 years and older are welcome and encouraged to join us in caring for the people of the Commonwealth. We have a yearly summer program for teens ages 14-17. 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.   

College Students

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for the Spring 2018 semester! We are currently full, and will not be adding names to our wait list. Information for Fall 2018 will be posted on August 1, 2018.  Due to our summer teen program, we do not accept new college volunteers over the summer months. 

Teen Volunteers  

Information for our Summer 2018 program will be posted in February 2018. New teen volunteers are not accepted during the school year.  

If You Are Interested in Becoming a Volunteer at UK HealthCare

Please contact Volunteer Services at UK HealthCare at 859-323-6023 or e-mail the Volunteer Office to receive additional information and/or begin the application process.  Our process includes: 

  • Completed application packet
  • Background check 
  • Drug screen
  • Medical screens (including TB risk assessment and blood test, immunizations, and flu shot during flu season)

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.