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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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


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