*Opportunities listed on this page do not reflect positions that are currently open, but positions that may be available to you. If you have questions or want more details about any of our programs, contact UPMC Volunteer Services.
The Cuddler Program volunteers give physical comfort to babies going through drug withdrawal or neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Volunteers hold and rock babies born to mothers who used heroin or other opioids during pregnancy.
Cuddling helps babies feel more relaxed and less irritable. It can also lead to reduced medication and length of hospital stay.
Note: This program is very popular. Please check with the Volunteer Services Office for openings.
The Doo Crew spends time talking with patients and washing their hair.
Volunteers provide emotional and spiritual support to patients through:
We also have programs such as:
Volunteer provides hand massage and fingernail polishing for our patents.
Volunteers round on cancer floors to inform patients about our "Healing Wall" project. Volunteers ask patients if they would like to paint a tile for the wall and if so, give patient a Healing Wall packet and explain the process.
HELP is a quality improvement program designed to prevent delirium in hospitalized patients age 70 and older.
The Magee Hat Makers meet twice a month in the lobby at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital to knit, crochet, and loom hats.
Volunteers make hats for newborns and "chemo caps" for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. They take the hats to patients to pick the one that “speaks” to them.
Note: This Magee Hat Makers program is very popular. Please check with the Volunteer Services Office at Magee for openings.
Volunteers can play music for patients throughout the hospital or during religious services.
Patients and visitors alike find the music very calming.
Volunteers have the chance to help staff in many ways including:
Tasks as a visitor and transport volunteer may include:
Trained and certified pet therapy animals and their owners visit patients and staff throughout UPMC.
Our pet therapy dogs always bring a smile to all who see them.