How to Volunteer

Volunteer Services at UF Health Shands Hospital


Welcome to UF Health Shands Hospital Volunteer Services, and thank you for considering UF Health Shands Hospital as a place to volunteer.



UF Health Shands Hospital has five different volunteer programs, each with its own application process: 

Getting Started


  • Review our service areas to decide where you would like to volunteer
  • Understand our application process for each area

Interviews and Acceptance


  • Interviews for college-age volunteers are scheduled at the beginning of each semester (January, May and August).
  • Interviews for adult volunteers are available year round on an individual basis.
  • Volunteers are not accepted for court-ordered or community service hours that need to be completed.
  • Volunteers who have cars and are willing to drive are needed and will be accepted through the year.

Orientation


  • Volunteers who have been accepted into one of our volunteer programs must complete the orientation quiz.

Volunteer Information


Dress code



The general volunteer uniform is a UF Health Shands Hospital volunteer shirt, which can be purchased at the hospital gift shop, worn with khaki pants and close-toed shoes. Badges provided by the Volunteer Department complete the uniform.

Commitment



College students who volunteer are asked to commit to one full semester for a three hour shift once a week. Volunteers are allowed two absences during each semester. Those who have more than two absences during a semester must make up any additional absences.

Parking



UF parking surrounds the UF Health Shands Hospital facility. UF students should use their current campus parking decal.  Students who do not have a UF decal can park in the parking garages for a fee.  Any other volunteers should contact the Volunteer Services Department at 352-265-0360 for assistance.

Lockers



Volunteers must leave their personal belongings in lockers at the Volunteer office. Locks are provided by the Volunteer Services department.

Specialized Volunteer Programs


Contact Volunteer Opportunities


Gainesville Volunteers



Pleae call (352) 265-0360 for more information. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please refer to the Service Areas for a complete description of volunteer service within UF Health Shands Hospital.

Jacksonville Volunteers



Please call (904) 244-4271 or visit ufhealthjax.org/volunteer/.

Special Event Application



If you are interested in providing a special event for patients at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, you must first fill out a special event application (PDF).

If you are interested in providing a special event for adult patients, you must first fill out our Adult Special Event Application.

For VolunTEENs



Applications will be available March 1st for the VolunTEEN Summer Program, and the deadline to turn in applications will be March 28th.