Our efforts to build a future without cancer extend beyond our laboratories and treatment rooms and include administrative offices. Administrative volunteers contribute to patient care by performing clerical duties such as filing, copying, labeling, and assembling packets. This program encourages a minimum of four hours of service a week during normal business hours.
Healing Power of the Arts/Patient Activities
If you are an artist of any kind — a musician, painter, writer, etc. — you can help provide patients with a means for self-expression and diversion. In this program, volunteers play music, create arts and crafts, read poetry, and much more to offer comfort and a creative outlet to patients and families during a difficult time.
The Pet Therapy Program allows certified therapy dog to visit with patients and their families in the outpatient clinics at Hillman Cancer Center.
Patient and Family Support
Nurses, physicians, and social workers at UPMC CancerCenter treat the person, not just the disease. In this same spirit, volunteers help improve the quality of life for patients and their families by helping nurses with their duties and visiting with patients and their families.
Below are examples of volunteer opportunities at the heart of our network, Hillman Cancer Center:
- Assisting with patient navigation
- Delivering lunches to patients receiving treatment
- Greeting patients and visitors as they enter Hillman Cancer Center
- Helping patients in the Gumberg Family Resource Center
- Making courtesy calls to new patients
- Rounding with our courtesy cart
- Serving in the gift shop
For those applicants not located near Hillman Cancer Center, we also offer volunteer opportunities at our network locations. As a volunteer in the area of Patient and Family Support, you can volunteer Monday through Friday during business hours. At this time, evening and weekend opportunities are not available. This program encourages a minimum of four hours of service a week.
Each day, researchers at UPCI are taking important steps to increase our understanding of cancer and are testing the newest, most advanced treatments to cure it. Volunteers who have an interest in research and medicine have an opportunity to assist researchers with a variety of tasks. Depending on the laboratory's needs, these tasks may be basic or more complex. Duties include analyses of gene expression by PCR, DNA gel electrophoresis, protein electrophoresis and immunofluroescence, cell culture maintenance, flow cytometry to identify individual cell populations, and data entry using specialized computer software.
- Must be at least 18 years of age to participate. For research programs for applications under 18, please visit the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
- Must be able to volunteer at least 10 hours, not exceeding 20 hours per week.
We accept applications during the following dates:
- Fall Semester: August 15th to October 1st
- Winter Semester: December 15th to February 1st
- Summer Semester: April 15th to June 1st
If you are not placed within a lab, please do not submit an application outside of these dates.
If you are placed in a research lab:
- Complete a UPMC volunteer application form and indicate the name and location of the placed research lab in the "Type of Volunteer Work Preferred" section. If you are not an American citizen, please specify whether you have a permanent resident card or indicate the type of visa you hold in the "Citizenship" section of the application.
- Complete and submit the criminal background form. This form should be submitted after your application.
- Once both forms are submitted, a representative from the Volunteer Office will contact you with the next steps in the application process. Please wait one to two business days for follow-up.
If you would like to be placed in a research lab:
- Complete a UPMC volunteer application form. If you are not an American citizen, please specify whether you have a permanent resident card or indicate the type of visa you hold in the "Citizenship" section of the application.
- Complete and submit the criminal background form. This form should be submitted after you submit the application.
- Complete and submit the lab placement profile and attach your resume.
- Once your application, criminal background, lab profile, and resume are submitted, a representative from the Volunteer Office will contact you with the next steps in the application process. Please wait one to two business days for follow-up.