Volunteering at an academic medical center allows you to interact with visitors, patients and staff associated with one of the Southeast's premier health care systems.

Which Volunteer Program Should I Apply For?

UF Health Shands Hospital has five different volunteer programs, each with its own application process. Please click on the links below for more information:

Applications and Acceptance

We accept applications for most volunteer roles at the beginning of each semester (January, May and August). Volunteers are not accepted for court-ordered or community service hours.

Applications for the following are accepted year-round:


Degree-Seeking volunteers are asked to commit to one full semester for a three hour shift once a week. 

Non-Degree Seeking volunteers are asked for a six month commitment for a three hour shift once a week.

Additional volunteer commitments can be found in the Volunteer Handbook.

Contact Volunteer Services

Gainesville Volunteers

Please call (352) 265-0360. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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