Duke Hospital has a comprehensive variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities and you are certain to find a program that matches your interests and abilities. Please explore the programs listed below in order to identify the program that fits most closely with your interests and meets your standards based on age group, volunteer position, and hours of availability.
Click on any of the programs listed below to discover more about individual opportunities.
You may also wish to explore volunteer opportunities available through Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.
There are more than 30 programs at Duke to choose from. Once you have identified a program you are interested in, contact the coordinator directly and he or she will be glad to assist you through the application process.
You can find the coordinator's direct information by clicking on the program link you are most interested in and looking at the information under "Contact Info."
If you are uncertain of the program you are most interested in, the Volunteer Services Office would be more than happy to help you find a good fit for you in accordance with your interests and skills.
Please contact the Volunteer Services Office at 919-681-5031 for assistance.
Do you have any programs I can volunteer with during the evening or on the weekend?
Yes, we have several programs that offer evening and weekend opportunities. Programs that offer flexible hours include, but are not limited to:
Can I volunteer if I'm not 18?
Regular volunteers at Duke must be 18 years of age and older. If you are between the ages of 15 and 18, however, the hospital has a Junior Volunteer program that operates during the summer months.
Teens ages 15-18 who are interested in the program should apply with the Duke University Hospital Volunteer Services Office beginning on January 31 of each year. Applications will be available starting January 31.
The 2012 Junior Volunteer Program is full and is no longer accepting applications. Applications for Summer 2013 will be available beginning January 31, 2012.
What about safety on the job?
All volunteers receive fire and safety training, which includes information on bloodborne pathogens, universal precautions, infection control, chemical and radiation safety, and, of course, fire safety.
Volunteers also receive compliance training which includes "Integrity in Action" and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training. Although as a volunteer you'll provide only non-clinical support services, it's important that you understand and are knowledgeable about safety issues.
What about training?
Before you ever begin your assignment, you'll receive training geared specifically to the job you'll be doing. You'll participate in either a group training session or work one-on-one with the program coordinator or other staff. You'll discuss the tasks you'll be doing, learn about the patients on the unit, meet many of the clinical staff, learn how to factor age-specific considerations into your job, perhaps sharpen your listening skills, and learn about any other activities that may apply to your particular job.
What do I do about parking?
Volunteers receive free parking privileges when they're here for their work assignment. Validation machines are available for each program so that volunteers can validate their parking tickets. Validated parking passes, along with volunteer identification must be presented to parking attendant. Parking passes are also available.
Are there short-term opportunities?
No, because of training cost, each program asks for a one-year commitment.
What are the standard requirements to volunteer at Duke?
You need to:
What benefits do Duke volunteers enjoy?