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Volunteering at UPMC Shadyside

Apply to volunteer at UPMC Shadyside.

As volunteers at UPMC Shadyside, you become part of the UPMC team to support our mission of offering:

  • Quality patient care.
  • Outstanding education of our future doctors, surgeons, and health care staff.
  • Cutting-edge treatments through our biomedical research.

When to Apply

  • Applications/interviews for the Spring program — month of March
  • Applications/interviews for the Fall program — month of July
  • Applications/interviews for the Spring program — October 15 to November 15

Perks of Volunteering

  • Free parking
  • Free meal voucher up to $6 on volunteer days

Other benefits include:

  • Helping others
  • Gaining worthwhile career experience
  • Making lasting friendships
  • Volunteers can attend Grand Rounds
  • Volunteers can get CPR certified by attending one of the monthly CPR classes
  • UPMC Shadyside Auxiliary offers a educations grant. Students must apply and the Auxiliary choses who will receive the grant based on service, an essay on your volunteer experience and grades

Volunteer Requirements at UPMC Shadyside

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Attend interview where a volunteer coordinator will match your interests and schedule with the hospital's needs.
  • Submit required paperwork provided by Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Minimum volunteer commitment of 3 months.

We Accept Donated Items

For our patients and their families to use while in the hospital, we always accept new or gently used:

  • Magazines
  • Puzzle books
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Playing cards
  • Word searches
  • And more!

Volunteer Opportunities at UPMC Shadyside

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.

Contact us.

Contact Us

Volunteer Services
UPMC Shadyside
5230 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
UPMC Shadyside
5230 Centre Avenue
Mail Stop HSY020308
Pittsburgh, PA 15232


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


"My position allowed me to get to know the patients beyond a simple 'Hi, how are you doing?' On most days, I kept company with patients who might not have received many visitors. I listened to them share stories of how they met their spouses, their favorite aspect of their jobs, their hobbies and future dreams, and importantly, their worries about their diagnoses. It felt great being able to bring smiles to their faces in the midst of a stressful hospital stay."

Heba Mahjoub
Patient Care Volunteer on Surgical Oncology Unit (4 Main)

"I always start with a simple question or comment... "So, are you from Pittsburgh?" And then, I let the patients guide the conversation. Sometimes, patients don't want to talk and the conversation ends there, allowing them to relax as they get their hair washed. But once in a while, patients open up and talk about their families, their life story, or their hopes and dreams. It is really powerful to have someone confide in you that way and many people just want someone to listen to them, to care."

Jan Niec
Doo Crew Volunteer