Volunteering at UPMC St. Margaret

At UPMC St. Margaret, volunteers give the gifts of their caring and time. Because of their generosity, volunteers enable better service to be provided to our patients and visitors, and allow the hospital to better fulfill its mission 365 days a year.

Whether you are a retiree, a stay-at-home mom, an energetic teen, or a student that needs health care career exploration, you can make a meaningful difference to the patients, their families, and the staff at UPMC St. Margaret through volunteering.

Perks of Volunteering

  • Free parking
  • Discounted meal voucher
  • Recognition ceremony and dinner

Other benefits include:

  • Helping others
  • Gaining worthwhile career experience
  • Making lasting friendships

Volunteer Requirements at UPMC St. Margaret

  • Must be 15 years of age or older.
  • Complete online application​.
  • Attend orientation (applicants will be called with upcoming orientation dates).
  • Interview with Volunteer Director to discuss interests, availability, and possible assignments.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.

Volunteer Opportunities at UPMC St. Margaret

See below for some of the ways you can volunteer to help patients, families, and UPMC staff.

Not all opportunities listed are available at all times. Opportunities will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Emotional and Spiritual Support

Volunteers provide emotional and spiritual support by serving as Eucharistic Ministers, making bereavement calls, and sitting vigils with dying patients.


Volunteers greet and help visitors and families find their way throughout the hospital.

Nursing Unit

Nursing Unit Volunteers will assist in various ways including checking in on patients, restocking medical supplies, providing comfort items to families and patients, etc.

Patient and Visitor Transport

Volunteers help patients, visitors, and families navigate the hospital at key entry points; as well as from department waiting rooms to treatment areas.

Pet Therapy

Trained and certified Pet Therapy animals and their owners visit patients and staff throughout the hospital. Our Pet Therapy dogs always bring a smile to everyone who sees them!

Physical Therapy Escort

If you want to combine exercise with community service, become a physical therapy volunteer. Escorts take patients to therapy via wheelchair. These volunteers are able to provide a friendly visit with patients on the way to therapy.


All shadowing requests are processed through the Volunteer Services Department. Please contact the office to request the necessary paperwork. Shadowing experiences are arranged based on the students' interest and department availability. The Volunteer Services Department cannot arrange shadowing with physicians, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists or in the operating room.


Externships are arranged through affiliation agreements between UPMC and local colleges and universities to provide hospital-based training for course credit. Once the externship has been arranged through your school, the required paperwork will be coordinated by the hosting department and the Volunteer Services Department.

Apply to volunteer at UPMC St. Margaret.​​​

Contact Us

Volunteer Services
UPMC St. Margaret
815 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Diane Kolling

Learn more about UPMC Volunteer Services or view Frequently Asked Volunteer Questions.

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