Volunteer Opportunities: Working with Patients
Any day, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Volunteer functions as an ambassador of goodwill visiting and interacting with patients,
families and staff. The volunteer's mission is to lift the spirit and reduce the
emotional suffering of those who are ill and alone. He or she seeks to communicate
in ways that show compassion and concern by bringing encouragement, hope and joy
to patients who might otherwise have no visitors. The volunteer's role is to care
and to listen.
Any day, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Volunteers are assigned to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide comfort to
babies. You will be rocking, holding and occasionally feeding infants under the
supervision of the nursing staff. You may also perform additional duties such as
cleaning equipment, running errands and completing clerical work as assigned. Four-hour
shifts are available during day and evening hours, including weekends.
American Cancer Society Visitation
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
One or two volunteers needed per day. Volunteers are referred by healthcare professionals
to visit patients and families in the inpatient oncology units to provide emotional
support and increase public awareness of American Cancer Society services. Volunteers
also staff the ACS office where information is provided to the public.
Monday-Friday, mornings or afternoons
Volunteers work in outpatient areas to help provide a welcoming environment. You
will provide customer service, emotional support and comfort to patients, families
and visitors. You will assist staff with general and clerical tasks and coordinate
support groups. Working in a clinic provides an opportunity to expand one's knowledge
of a specific field of medicine. Volunteer opportunities exist in the following
* All clinics are located on the UF Health Jacksonville campus except for the St.
Matthew Wellness Clinic.
Partners in Care
Any day, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Volunteers assist nursing staff by providing general non-clinical support to patients
and families. Volunteers perform various tasks such as distributing and retrieving
meal trays, serving ice and water, touring families around the unit and hospital,
delivering lab tests and assisting with patient transportation. Partners in Care
may be assigned to:
- Emergency Department (great for exploring medical careers)
- Medical and surgical units
- Selective intensive care units
Days and Times Vary
UF Health Jacksonville’s pet visitation program ensures a positive experience for
patients, visitors and staff. Our policy allows registered therapy animal teams
that meet certain requirements to visit patients. If you are not already registered
with your dog, you may learn about the process through our partner, Therapy Animal Coalition.
Registered dogs must have verification from a veterinarian of their inoculations
and temperament. Once accepted into the program, the handler will go through a volunteer
orientation through our volunteer services department. The pet visitation dogs are
recognized by their UF Health Jacksonville badges. If you are interested in the
pet visitation program, please print and fill out the following forms in addition
to the standard volunteer application.