Current volunteer opportunities

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There are more than 30 volunteer programs with a wide variety of opportunities from working with cancer patients, to comforting patients, to assisting with educational programs, and more. Our current needs are updated here regularly.

Duke Cancer Patient Support Program

Duke Cancer Patient Support Program volunteers play a critical role in the day-to-day activities at the Duke Cancer Center. Volunteers provide conversation and comfort, offer refreshments and help patients locate areas and resources in the clinics and hospital. 

This program is looking for community volunteers and Duke students.

Duke Splash
Would you like to make a lasting difference in the life of a pediatric patient at Duke Children’s Hospital? How about forever be able to be a positive influence on a child, their siblings, and their families? Then consider volunteering for the Duke SPLASH. Many studies have shown the positive effects that exercise, swimming in particular, has on recovering patients, especially kids. Swimming helps patients manage pain, increase energy and maintain general well-being. Our program provides based swimming lessons to patients and their siblings from Duke Children’s, but more importantly, we have the opportunity to boost their morale during a difficult time for them and their families. Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • The ability to work one-on-one or in small groups with patients
  • Teach the students base swimming skills such as; kicking, floating, and base swimming skills

This program is looking for undergraduate or graduate students at Duke University with experience in the swimming lesson environment. Experience in competitive swimming is a plus.

Gift Shop Volunteers
Gift Shop volunteers aid our patients and family members on how to celebrate special occasions while in the hospital. Learn more about volunteering for this Duke Hospital Auxiliary program.


Contact us

Whatever your interests or skills, our Volunteer Services is committed to finding the right opportunity for you. We look forward to working with you.

Questions? Call us at 919-681-6088 or email at