Volunteering at an academic medical center allows you to interact with visitors, patients and staff associated with one of the Southeast's premier health care systems.

Which Volunteer Program Should I Apply For?

UF Health Shands Hospital has five different volunteer programs, each with its own application process. Please click on the links below for more information:

Applications and Acceptance

We accept applications for most volunteer roles at the beginning of each semester (January, May and August). Volunteers are not accepted for court-ordered or community service hours.

Applications for the following are accepted year-round:

  • The Gift Shop
  • Alz’s Place
  • Meals on Wheels
  • The Senior Recreation Center
  • Ronald McDonald Family Room


Degree-Seeking volunteers are asked to commit to one full semester for a three hour shift once a week. Student volunteers are allowed two absences during each semester. Those who have more than two absences during a semester must make up any additional absences.

Non-Degree Seeking volunteers are asked for a six month commitment for a three hour shift once a week.