Volunteer and Community Services

Volunteer Opportunities



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 a certified therapy dog to visit with patients and their families in the outpatient clinics.

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 and medical assistants with their duties and visiting with patients and their families.

Delivering lunches to patients receiving treatmentBelow are examples of patient and family volunteer opportunities at the heart of our network, Hillman Cancer Center:

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.

Laboratory Research

Laboratory Research

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.


We accept applications during the following dates:

* A 3 month minimum commitment is recommended for volunteering in the lab.

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:

If you would like to be placed in a research lab: