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Common Questions about Volunteering

What is the time commitment to volunteer?

A minimum of 50 hours is required for Vanderbilt University Hospital and The Vanderbilt Clinic. This generally equates to a two to three-hour shift once a week for about six months. College students must also commit to volunteering for at least two consecutive time periods (e.g. spring/summer, summer/fall, fall/winter).

What is the process for becoming a volunteer?

The hospital and clinics have a multi-step process that varies depending upon the category of volunteer you are.

Are there volunteer opportunities during evenings or weekends?

Yes. While your selection will be greater if you have any weekday hours to volunteer, we do have a limited number of openings in the evenings and on weekends. Visit our main volunteering page to see the schedules for specific positions.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age is 18. If you are not yet 18, view our Donation Wish List linked above for items that people and groups may collect for our patients and families.

What are the benefits to volunteering?

  • Free flu shots and immunization screenings
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Job skill development
  • Volunteer appreciation and acknowledgement
  • Reference letters (upon completion of 50-hour commitment)
  • New friendships
  • The satisfaction of knowing you helped someone

Can my service organization help?

Yes. We accept any donations collected by an individual, church group, school or youth group, or service organization. View our wish list linked above to see the kind of items we need the most.

Where else can I volunteer at Vanderbilt?

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt also has volunteer opportunities. We ask that your initial placement be at only one campus. Volunteering at a hospital is rewarding but demanding. The time and focus required to adjust to our pace and environment will be easier at one location. After meeting your initial commitment, a Volunteer Services staff member can meet with you to discuss adding a placement or changing your placement to a different campus.

Are there other ways to volunteer besides in person at the Medical Center?

We collect trial-sized personal and hygiene items, listed on wish list linked above. Email Volunteer Services before collecting or purchasing to learn about our most immediate needs.

Who can help me with more questions?

For more information, contact the volunteer staff at our locations.

Vanderbilt University Hospital and The Vanderbilt Clinic
(615) 936-3078

Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
(615) 936-4800