• 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).
    • Discount on meals in our cafeterias and cafe areas.

    Our current opportunities

    Volunteers are needed all across the health care campus: in the UK Chandler and UK Good Samaritan emergency departments, information desks, surgery and ICU family lounges, gift shops, and ambulatory clinics. At this time, we are not accepting applications for the Kentucky Children's Hospital (includes NICU/Baby Cuddler and Child Life programs).   

    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. See our current list of volunteer positions » 

    College students

    After an overwhelming response, our positions for Spring 2016 have been filled! Information for Fall 2016 will be posted on Aug. 1, 2016. 

    Teen volunteers  

    Thank you for your interest in our Summer 2016 Teen Volunteer Program at UK HealthCare! UK HealthCare continues to grow, and we welcome teens to be part of the excitement! During the program, teens can serve in interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities, including: Patient Rounding, Children’s Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Medical Records, Dietary, Patient Transport, Laboratories, Mail & Flower Delivery, and our Chandler and Good Samaritan Gift Shops.

    For information on how to apply and set up an interview, please download the 2016 Teen Application packet (PDF, 3.3 MB). During the interview we will discuss your paperwork, areas of interest, volunteer guidelines and schedules. Interviews will begin March 29 and continue until all placements are filled. Please be sure to schedule as soon as possible to ensure your space in the program! Our office is located on the first floor of Pavilion A, Room A.01.129, in Chandler Medical Center. Please stop at the Information Desk in the main lobby for directions.  

    All teen volunteers must attend a Mandatory Orientation Session on Wednesday, June 8. The program will begin June 20 and continue through July 29. All teen volunteers are required to volunteer four of the six weeks in order to complete the program.

    Thank you for your willingness to get involved and make a difference! We look forward to meeting with you!

    Interested in becoming a volunteer at UK HealthCare?

    Please review our application packet below. Call Volunteer Services at UK HealthCare at 859-323-6023 or e-mail the Volunteer Office to receive additional information and/or to set up an interview.     

    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.

    Active volunteers

    For current active volunteers, click here to record your hours » 

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    We value our patients' privacy. Please print, read carefully, take the test, then sign the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act document and bring it to Volunteer Services before volunteering.

  • Orientation guide

    A guide to rules, policies and safety information regarding UK HealthCare. Please print, read and sign the Orientation guide and bring to Volunteer Services before volunteering.