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Volunteer at UPMC Cole

Volunteers at UPMC Cole live out the hospital's mission by making a difference in people's lives each day. They're a special group of people who care for our patients, visitors, staff, and each other.

If you like helping people and making new friends, then volunteering is perfect for you.

Contact Us

To learn more, call the UPMC Cole Volunteer Office at 814-274-5550.

Ways You Can Help at UPMC Cole

You can help our staff by:

  • Running errands.
  • Taking flowers and mail to patients.
  • Escorting visitors.
  • Transporting patients.

You can also give your time as greeters in UPMC Cole's:

  • Surgical waiting lounge.
  • Outpatient waiting lounge.
  • Gift shop.
  • Long-term care center.
  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
  • Home Health and Hospice.

We see volunteers as vital links between us and the communities we serve, as you help us in delivering high-quality, caring service.

As a volunteer you will:

  • Provide a lending hand to those in need.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Make new friends.
  • Provide many extra services that supplement the basic functions of our doctors and nurses.
  • Add to the quality of health care by helping patients and their loved ones, our staff, visitors, and the entire hospital.

From students to adults, volunteers are those special people who willingly give their time, talent, and energy for the good of others.

Offering a smile or a reassuring touch can truly help our patients and staff.

Steps to Be a Volunteer at UPMC Cole

Adults (18+ years old):

  • Schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Complete the application process, which includes orientation and getting a physical exam with a TB test.

Junior volunteers (13 to 17 years old):

  • Get working papers.
  • Schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Complete the application process, which includes orientation and a physical with a TB test.

Bluebird volunteers (9 to 12 years old):

Bluebirds must have an on-sight sponsor who oversees their activities. Most often, sponsors are family members or a family friend.

Please call us for details on how to apply.

How to Apply to Volunteer

If you would like to use your time and talents in a positive way, apply to volunteer at UPMC Cole today (PDF).

Please note that due to COVID-19, our volunteer opportunities and requirements are changing and evolving.