Patient Support Services

Volunteer Program


Volunteers are the backbone of the Patient and Family Support Services program. Many volunteer opportunities exist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and we have several here at the Cancer Center.

For more information on volunteering please contact the Cancer Center's program coordinator at (615) 343-7776 or visit Vanderbilt Volunteer Services.

Volunteer duties
Volunteers provide support and comfort to patients and families by offering refreshments, conversation and resources, keeping waiting rooms straightened, and helping with specific projects as needed.

Volunteers needed: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Volunteers shifts: 2 hours per week or 4 hours bi-weekly
Minimum age: 18 years old and a high school graduate


Pet Visitation Therapy

pet visitation interaction with a dog and teen patient

Pet Visitation offers patient-pet interaction by approved canine visitors. Visiting with animals can help people feel less lonely and less depressed as well as create an upbeat environment for patients and their families. It has been shown that many become more active and responsive both during and after their visit.

If you and your pet are interested in volunteering for the Pet Visitation program, you will need to learn about the process to become a volunteer. Please contact the Cancer Center's program coordinator at (615) 343-7776 or visit Vanderbilt Volunteer Services. Training is offered through the local branch Therapy ARC, a Middle Tennessee Delta Society Affiliate.

Music in the Clinic

musician playing a guitar for a patient in room

Patient and Family Support Services offers Music in the Clinic to create a welcoming environment for patients and their families. This program seeks to bring diverse and quality music performances to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, while offering patient comfort and relaxation. Music in the Clinic provides regular performances from student and professional volunteer musicians in the Vanderbilt, Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities. Groups such as The Nashville Symphony, Vanderbilt Community Chorus, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt as well as prominent and up and coming country music artists support our program. We're always looking for new talent ready to brighten our patients' day.

Musicians interested in volunteering for Music in the Clinic should learn about the process to become a volunteer and contact the Cancer Center's program coordinator at (615) 343-7776 or visit Vanderbilt Volunteer Services.

Make an Appointment

(615) 936-8422
1 (877) 936-8422