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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  

2019 summer teen volunteer application information 

  • Are you a teen with a sincere, personal desire to volunteer at UK HealthCare?

  • Are you able to work independently, and are comfortable initiating conversations?

  • Are you motivated and outgoing, with an interest in healthcare?

  • Does your summer schedule allow you to commit to 2 weekly shifts for at least 5 weeks?

  • Will you be 14 years old no later than February 14, 2019?

The Summer Teen Volunteer Program is available to students who are at least 14 years old, and entering high school in the fall of 2019.  This program allows teens an opportunity to explore the nature of a large healthcare facility, as well as provide volunteer service to the community.  Mandatory Orientation is on Wednesday, June 12.  The program runs from June 17 – July 26; shifts are from 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm with an hour lunch break from 12 – 1pm. Teens are required to participate in 5 of the 6 weeks, minimum of 2 shifts per week, for a total of 30 hours.  Teens must provide their own lunch and transportation.     

Please note: Teen volunteers do not perform research or observe medical or patient-care procedures of any kind. 

How to apply


Complete the Teen Volunteer Application online: Wait to fill out the application until you have the following documents, as you will need to upload and attach them as a PDF. 

Attachment #1: Provide a copy of immunization record/s verifying the following immunizations:

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) – must have 2 vaccinations
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) – verification of having Chickenpox can be noted through medical documentation OR documentation of 2 varicella vaccinations
  • Tdap – must have 1 vaccination

Attachment #2: Submit a typed essay of 350-450 words answering the following questions:  1. How would volunteering at UK HealthCare impact your life and why should we select you as part of the UK HealthCare Summer Teen Volunteer Program? 2. What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?  3. What are your future goals?  Essays should be simple 12 point font, double-spaced, and include your name.  


Download the application documents, complete and submit the following together in one envelope to Volunteer Services by 5pm on Friday, March 29:


Incomplete application packets WILL NOT be considered.

Additional information                                                                                                

Deadline: A completed application (both online and mailed/hand delivered documents) must be received by Volunteer Services no later than Friday, March 29 at 5pm to be considered for the program.  All documents listed in Step Two may be dropped off at Volunteer Services, Pavilion A, 1st Floor, Rm. 129 during business hours (Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm) or mailed to Attn: Volunteer Services, 1000 South Limestone, Pav A.01.129, Lexington, KY, 40536.

Packets that are emailed to us, faxed to us or turned in late will not be considered. Please note: when mailing your packet in, getting it to the post office the day before it is due will not ensure your packet will make it in time. Our hospital mail is first delivered to the main campus and can take two to three business days to reach us. Volunteer Services recommends not waiting until the last minute. 

Acceptance: Applicants will be notified via email of their status by April 19 and will have until May 3 to confirm acceptance in the program. Once accepted into the program, teens will be required to submit proof of either a TB blood test or a two-step TB skin test at their placement interview. Teens will need to attend a 30 minute placement interview between May 13 and June 7. Mandatory all day orientation will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. Once the teens are selected, there will be no exceptions. Our goal is to create a safe environment for our patients and to provide a memorable and fun experience for our UK HealthCare teen volunteers. 

Uniform: Teens purchase a standard blue polo shirt for $20. The polos are worn with full length khaki or black pants, closed toe shoes and ID badge while volunteering. 

Timeline for the program: 

Friday, Feb. 15: Application packet available on our website.

Friday, March 29: Application packets due to Volunteer Services by 5pm (mailed or hand delivered) 

Friday, April 19 – Acceptance letters will be emailed to the Volunteer teen applicant

Friday, May 3: Deadline to confirm acceptance in the program.

May 13 – June 7: Accepted students required to attend a 30 minute placement interview. 

Wednesday, June 12:Mandatory Teen Orientation

June 17 – July 26: Six week teen program

For questions and/or concerns, please contact Sara Camic, UK HealthCare volunteer coordinator at or 859-323-4117.

College volunteers

Hello students! We are no longer accepting interview requests for the Spring 2019 semester, and do not accept new college students during the summer due to our teen program. Information for the Fall 2019 semester will be posted August 1, 2019.

Adult volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at University of Kentucky HealthCare. Our volunteers are invaluable to us and play an integral role in ensuring our patients, visitors, and even our staff, have the absolute best experience here at UK HealthCare.

Below are dates for our Spring 2019 Adult Application process:

  • Application Open Online: February 4th through February 17th

  • Volunteer Services to review applications February 18th – 20th

    • If volunteer meets requirements, this person will be contacted via email to sign-up for interviews.

  • Interviews will be scheduled February 25th – March 1st

Questions can be emailed to Volunteer Services.

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. Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours to Volunteer Services. 

  • 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.