UCHealth has certain volunteer and shadowing/clinical observation opportunities in Denver, Broomfield, Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Colorado Springs and Steamboat Springs.

Please click on a heading below to learn more about the opportunities specific to that location.

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and metro Denver clinics

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Volunteers play an extremely important role at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and throughout the Denver metro area. They provide the personal touch that enriches the hospital experience for patients, families, visitors and staff. Volunteer positions are available for teens, college students, and adults in a range of settings.

Shadowing/Clinical Observation opportunities provide important learning for professionals and students alike. Shadowing is educational observation only and provide no hands-on experience. Only individuals who are 18 and older are allowed to participate.

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Special projects for volunteers

We want you! Are you interested in helping but not able to make the commitment required to become a consistent hospital volunteer? Maybe you belong to a group like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Rotary or a church group and want to do a project together? We have many opportunities and are always open to new ones. (We have patterns for all the ideas below.)

Volunteer Services is fortunate to receive donations that make a real difference for patients and their families. Individuals and groups work with us to develop and take on special projects; the results are spectacular!

Here are some projects that may interest you or your group:

  • Make lap robes or blankets using a no sew fleece blanket pattern. A nice, warm blanket the patient may take home can brighten a room and lift spirits.
  • Get together with your friends, craft group, as a family or by yourself and make pillowcases! Pillowcases are a terrific way to cheer up a patient and bring warmth to a hospital room! There are many different places to find free patterns on the web.
  • Collect convenience foods like snack bars, small packaged cookies, chips, single-serving fruit cups, etc. for our families in surgery or ICU waiting areas. All items must be store bought. No homemade cookies can be accepted. Maybe your church group would like to “adopt” one of our waiting rooms and provide care all year long.
  • Donate new clothing items only for our clothes closet. These will be given to patients who may have had their clothing damaged from illness or injury or who came to us by emergency vehicle. We need all ranges of sizes but we especially need L to 4XL sizes of sweatshirts and elastic waist sweat pants, socks, warm coats, and men’s/women’s underwear. A big need is shoes! We would love to give someone a new pair of inexpensive, basic tennis shoes so they do not need to leave in their hospital socks.
  • Donate phone cards so that families and patients can keep in touch while they are away from home. Or donate new phone chargers and phone cords for those who left home without them.
  • Donate gift cards to be used for gas, food, or beverages. Our social workers will share these with patients and family members who are in need. Sometimes receiving a gift card for food can make a huge difference for families that have traveled from states away to be with their loved ones.
  • Donate DVD movies (not children’s movies) or books for our Patients’ Library in the Volunteer Services office. We share books and movies with patients all around the hospital.
  • Do you have a game system you would like to donate? We have requests nearly every day from our long-term cancer and transplant patients who would love to use a video game system to help pass the time.
  • Donate up-to-date magazines to be distributed to our waiting rooms and clinics.
  • Handmade soft hats for chemotherapy patients are always welcome!
  • Knit or crochet hats for our newborns. How about a cute holiday hat for Christmas or Halloween? Please limit hats to newborn size. Check the web for many different free patterns or contact us for a pattern.
  • Do you knit or crochet and want to try something different? Do you have an interest in supporting breast cancer survivors? Consider making breast prosthetics to be distributed through our clinics.
  • We always love receiving new, handmade knitted, quilted, or crocheted blankets to wrap around our NICU babies.
  • Collect new clothing in sizes Preemie, Newborn, 3 months and 6 months for boys and girls. Socks, bottles (Dr. Brown) and diapers for some of our moms who need just a “little more” to get off to a good start. We will put together “Going home” bags.
  • We would love to have a group (knitting or crocheting) meet here at the hospital on weekly basis! We will supply the space and beverages if you will bring yourselves and your projects for our patients and families.

You may always donate needed arts and craft items like flannel, fleece, glue sticks, batting, baby yarn, drawing & coloring books, crayons, markers, and sewing thread. Again, all of this must be new. We would love to have a few new, small stuffed animals for our patients and their children.

Does your group have an idea? Would you like to start a walk for a particular cause? Do you have an Eagle Scout project idea? Are you part of a church group that would like to adopt a department of the hospital like transplant or heart failure?

Please email Jenny Ricklefs, Volunteer Services Manager at [email protected].

UCHealth Broomfield Hospital

Exterior of Broomfield HospitalVolunteers play an important role in providing the personal touch that enriches the hospital experience for our patients, families and staff at Broomfield Hospital.

We are looking for community members age 14 and older to lend their energy and talents to help others. Join BH Volunteers and make new friends, enjoy a change of pace, gain a new perspective, learn more about health care, and help the UCHealth effort to provide world-class patient care for the sick and injured.

Requirements for volunteering at Broomfield Hospital

Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve. You will play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at Broomfield Hospital enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff.

This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. You must be 15 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.

Make a difference! Become a volunteer at Broomfield Hospital.

See volunteer positions

Please send application requests to: [email protected].

Pet therapy program

For those of you with lovable dogs, our hospital offers a pet therapy program. Research has shown that interaction with pets can help in a patient’s recovery. After you and your dog receive training, you escort your pet around to visit patients, visitors and staff members.

Program description Program application form

Shadowing

Please send all Shadowing/Observership application requests to: [email protected].

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

An exterior shot of Highlands Ranch HospitalVolunteers at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital impact lives by providing extraordinary caring and support to patients, family members, guests, staff and fellow volunteers. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve while providing a personal touch that enriches the hospital experience.

Volunteer program

Requirements for volunteering at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

  • This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.
  • Volunteer shifts are typically a four-hour shift, at the same time and day of the week. Currently, most volunteer opportunities are on Monday through Friday.
  • COVID vaccinations are mandatory for all programs.
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An interior shot at Highlands Ranch Hospital

Pet therapy teams

Our Volunteer Pet Therapy programs will serve to enhance the positive emotional and physiological effects of human-animal interactions.

Therapy animals must be certified through an approved pet therapy program with insurance. Some of the approved organizations include:

  • Alliance of Therapy Dogs
  • Therapy Dogs International
  • Pet Partners
  • Lutheran Church Charity
Pet Therapy application

Shadowing opportunities at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

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UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital - Longmont

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital

Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve. You will play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at Longs Peak Hospital enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff.

This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. You must be 15 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.

Make a difference! Become a volunteer at Longs Peak Hospital.

Please send application requests to: [email protected]

Requirements for volunteering at LPH

Volunteer service is a responsibility that requires a definite commitment of time, energy, and desire to serve. It requires preparation, orientation, and time. We require at least a six month commitment volunteering at least twice a month. A consistent weekly schedule is recommended in order to provide continuity and consistency for our patients and departments.

>> See the positions that may be available

Pet Therapy program

For those of you with lovable dogs, our hospital offers a pet therapy program. Research has shown that interaction with pets can help in a patient’s recovery. After you and your dog receive training, you escort your pet around to visit patients, visitors and staff members.

Program downloads

Shadowing

Please send all Shadowing/Observership application requests to: [email protected]

UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies - Loveland

UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies

Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve. You will play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at Medical Center of the Rockies enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff.

This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. You must be 15 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.

Make a difference! Become a volunteer at Medical Center of the Rockies.

Contact us to find out more about volunteering at MCR

Shadowing/Observership program at MCR

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UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital - Fort Collins

UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital

Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve. You will play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at Poudre Valley Hospital enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff.

This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. You must be 15 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.

Make a difference! Become a volunteer at Poudre Valley Hospital.

Contact us to find out more about volunteering at PVH

Shadowing/Observership program at PVH

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UCHealth Greeley Hospital

Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve. You will play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at Greeley Hospital enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff.

This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. You must be 15 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.

Make a difference! Become a volunteer at Greeley Hospital.

Shadowing/Observership Program at Greeley Hospital

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UCHealth Memorial Hospitals Central and North - Colorado Springs

UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central UCHealth Memorial Hospital North

We depend on volunteers to provide assistance for patients, families and hospital staff. Whether you are a retiree, a working adult, or a student hoping to fulfill a service requirement, we would love to have you lend your energy and talents to help others in our healthcare facilities.  There are a wide variety of opportunities at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.

Requirements for volunteering at Memorial Hospitals Central and North

  • Must be at least 16 years of age to apply.
  • Complete the online application below.
  • Complete an online orientation, which will be emailed to you after your application is received.
  • All volunteers are required to print and submit the Orientation Packet w/Recommendations Forms, Quizzes (last 7 pages of Orientation Power Point), Parent Acknowledgment (for junior volunteers under 18, in Power Point).
  • Submit the completed documentation via email to: [email protected] for Memorial Central or [email protected] for Memorial North, or via fax to: 365.2472, or you bring it into the Volunteer Services Office in person at either Memorial Central or North.
  • All volunteers are required to interview after completing all paperwork and the health screening.
  • Please read the Volunteer Handbook (included in the Orientation Power Point).
  • All volunteers are required to have a health screening; Junior volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present.
  • Flu shots are required during flu season, typically November – April (no exceptions).
  • COVID vaccinations are mandatory for all programs.
  • Adult volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check and a drug test.
  • All volunteers must adhere to all UCHealth and Memorial Hospital policies, procedures and Standards of Excellence.
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Other Memorial programs

Junior Medical School 2022

This comprehensive, in-hospital program is designed for high school students who want to interact with experienced healthcare professionals as they consider further education and future job possibilities. Students are given a “real-world” look at specific healthcare and medical career fields. This broad exposure provides valuable knowledge that can either confirm a student’s career interests or help them to explore new avenues. The program is a mix of engaging discussion topics and hands-on involvement with staff throughout the hospital environment/system.

New this year! A full day of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training has been added. A capstone project with the Rocky Mountains Vibes will include pre- and post-game dugout training!

Eligibility:

The program is available to currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors with GPA of 3.0 or higher. Graduated high school seniors who will be entering their freshman year of college may also apply.

2022 Program dates: 

Session I: June 27 – 30

Session II: July 11 – 14

Session III: July 25 – 28

Session IV: August 8 – 11

Deadline for applications**: Varies by session. Please check the application.

Due to the popularity of the program, all submissions must be received by 5 p.m. of the selected application deadline. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

Program size: Limited to 12 students per session.

Program payment link >

You can also contact the Volunteer Services office at 719.365.5298.


Learning Link Career Observation program

**NOTE: Applications for the 2022 Learning Link Career Observation Program are currently on hold. Please check back next month for any updates. Thank you.**

This career observation program provides unique insight into the actual daily routines of healthcare providers across a wide continuum.

Two sessions are offered during the fall and winter semester of each academic year and each session runs for 6 weeks. During this time, students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare will shadow departments and/or providers in their selected area of interest for a total of 40 hours.

Who can apply: Current college students with a class standing of sophomore or higher, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 or greater.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center - Steamboat Springs

Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. You will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve. You will play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at Yampa Valley Medical Center enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff.

This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. You must be 15 years of age, and we require a commitment level of 65 hours or a consistent six-month period.

Make a difference! Become a volunteer at YVMC.

Pet therapy program

YVMC offers a hugely successful pet therapy program in connection with Heeling Friends. Research has shown that interaction with pets can help in a patient’s recovery.

After you and your animal receive training and become registered with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA), you escort your pet around to visit patients, visitors and staff members.

Shadowing/Observership program at YVMC

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Contact us to learn more about volunteering at YVMC

Yampa Valley Medical Center: Send us an email.