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Volunteer at UPMC Senior Communities

UPMC Senior Communities offer a wide array of programs and services to our residents. Helping them stay engaged, instead of aged, is important to the vitality of all of our communities.

One key part of that engagement is providing opportunities for our residents, their families and friends, and interested members of the community, to donate their time, ideas, and energy through our dynamic volunteer program.

We have many ways for you to get involved. Time commitments can be as little as two hours per month and flexible to accommodate most schedules.

Perks of Volunteering

  • Free parking
  • Free meal voucher up to $5 on volunteer days

Other benefits include:

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

Volunteer Requirements at UPMC Senior Communities

  • Must be 15 years of age or older.
  • In-person interview.
  • Pick up application from Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • TB Testing.
  • Criminal Background Check.

Volunteer Opportunities at UPMC Senior Communities

Along with visiting patients one-on-one, some of the examples of volunteer opportunities you may participate in at UPMC Senior Communities are:

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


Clerical volunteers will be responsible for filing, organizing, and working on various projects throughout the hospital. There are various departments throughout the facilities that always need clerical help.

Group Activities

Volunteers assist or lead scheduled group activities.


Volunteers can becoming a part of our Healing Notes program where they can play music for patients, families, and staff throughout our facilities.

Patient Visitor and Transport

Tasks as a transport volunteer may include:

  • Helping patients and their families throughout UPMC hospitals.
  • Reading to patients.
  • Playing games with patients.
  • Sitting with and talking to patients and their loved ones.

Pet Therapy

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

Shadowing and Externships

Student volunteer opportunities include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. 

We Accept Donated Items

For our residents and their families to use, we always accept new or gently used:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Craft supplies

Apply Now to UPMC Senior Communities

For more information on how to donate the gift of your time, please contact:

Christa Magness
Activities Director, Heritage Place

Contact Us

Volunteer Services
UPMC Senior Communities
5701 Phillips Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Christa Magness
Activities Director, Heritage Place

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

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