UCHealth has volunteer and shadowing opportunities in Denver, Fort Collins, Loveland, Colorado Springs and Steamboat Springs.
Volunteers play an extremely important role at UCH. 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.
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@example.com.
Shadowing: the Educational Observation Program (EOP)
Welcome to University of Colorado Hospital’s EOP/Shadowing program. Shadowing creates an opportunity for an individual to observe doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, and other healthcare providers in action as they care for patients or perform their day-to-day duties. However, shadowing is not limited to clinical roles.
- Find out what a career in healthcare is about
- Clarify initial impressions — can I handle doing this?
- Understand the realities and limitations of medicine (i.e. learn about the “dark side”)
- Access level of commitment
- Discover likes and dislikes — is this something I will enjoy?
- Enhance motivation and goals
Sponsors and EOP participants
In order to participate in the program, the participant must have a sponsor.
A sponsor is a UCH employee who makes arrangements for the observation, and who will accompany the participant at all times during their visit. Participants are responsible for finding their own sponsors, not Volunteer Services.
- Participants must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate
- Must present picture ID
- Lifetime limit of 12 hours for participants
- Any UCH employee or affiliate may be a sponsor.
Required paperwork for Shadowing program
- Shadowing/EOP process (print and complete all three documents)
- Facility orientation for shadowing (you must watch this presentation and then print & complete the test at the end)
Please note that Shadowing requests will only be processed when all four (4) documents are completed and received.
Call the Office of Volunteers Manager at (720) 848-4068
Joining the dedicated team of Volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience. If you are over the age of 14, you will find challenging, enjoyable activities that satisfy and enhance your desire to serve.
Our volunteers play an important role and offer a personal touch. UCHealth volunteers at PVH and MCR enrich the healthcare experience for our patients, guests and staff. This service is a responsibility that calls for time and dedication. We require a commitment level of 65 hours, or a consistent six month period.
Make a difference, become a volunteer at one of our north region campuses!
Contact us to find out more about volunteering at MCR and PVH
- Medical Center of the Rockies: 970-624-1884 or send us an email
- Poudre Valley Hospital 970-495-8584 or send us an email
Job shadowing program at MCR and PVH
Volunteers play an important role in providing the personal touch that enriches the hospital experience for our patients, families and staff at Longs Peak Hospital.
We are looking for community members age 14 and older to lend their energy and talents to help others. Join LPH 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 Longs Peak Hospital
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.
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.
Please send application requests to LPHVolunteers@uchealth.org
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 facility. There are a wide variety of opportunities at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.
- Memorial Hospital Central: 719-365-5298
- Memorial Hospital North: 719-364-5298
Requirements for volunteering at Memorial Hospital
- Must be at least 14 years of age to apply.
- Complete an online application followed by the online orientation
- All volunteers are required to print and submit the Orientation Packet, Quizzes, Parent Acknowledgment (junior volunteers under 18) and Evaluation, included in the online Orientation (see below). Please email to, firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed, 365-2472 or bring into the Volunteer Services Office in person prior to scheduling your interview.
- Read the Volunteer Handbook (included in the online orientation).
- All volunteers are required to have a health screening. Junior volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian present.
- Adult volunteers undergo a criminal background check and a drug test.
- All volunteers must adhere to all UCHealth, Memorial Hospital policies, procedures and Standards of Excellence.
Other Memorial programs
Learning Link Career Observation program
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.
Sessions available: Fall and Winter, concurrent with the academic calendar
- Fall 2018 / starts September 24, ends November 12
- Winter 2019 / starts February 18, ends April 7
Deadlines for applications:
- Fall 2018: September 7, 2018
- Winter 2019: January 25, 2019
$25 application fee
$50 program fee (for accepted students)
Program size: Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 students per session.
Junior Medical School
This comprehensive three day, in-hospital program is designed for high school students in 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.
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.
Session I: June 24, 25, 26
Session II: July 8, 9, 10
Session III: July 22, 23, 24
Session IV: August 5, 6, 7
You can also contact the Volunteer Services office at 719-365-5298.
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.
Application fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Registration fee upon acceptance: $150 (includes the shirt for use during the program and lunch for the 3 days). A limited number of scholarships will be available.
Program size: Limited to 15 students per session.
Career Exploration Program
This career exploration program is an opportunity for high school seniors to learn about amazing healthcare professions in a clinical setting, that do not require a 4-year college degree.
- Occupational Panel of a Variety of Different Roles and Departments
- What it Takes to Run a Clinic – Roles and Responsibilities
- Role Review: Medical Assistant
- Role Review: Patient Access Representatives
- Role Review: Surgical Schedulers
This program is available to currently enrolled high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must submit a complete application along with a $15 non-refundable application fee.
Date and time: [Spring dates coming soon]
Location: This program will be held at UCHealth Medical Group clinics located at the Printers Park Medical Plaza (175 S. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs).
Share your time and talents by volunteering at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. 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 customer service in northern Colorado communities.
Examples of the many opportunities for volunteering:
- Greet guests and patients coming to the Outpatient Pavilion.
- Work in the clinical areas by assisting the staff and preparing rooms for incoming patients.
- Deliver complimentary cookies, fruit and beverages to patients and families in our Patient Care Unit and Cancer Care Center.
- Assist staff in the Infant room.
- Provide music in our lobby to enhance the experience for patients and family members.
The process to become a volunteer includes an interview, orientation and training.
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.
Job shadowing program at YVMC (follows northern Colorado model)
Contact us to learn more about volunteering at YVMC
Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-870-1146 or send us an email.