Volunteering at UNC Health Blue Ridge

Volunteer Services

Volunteers are critical to UNC Health Blue Ridge’s success and play a vital role at Grace and Valdese Hospitals, Grace Ridge Retirement Community, Phifer Wellness Center, and many physicians offices located throughout a three-county area. Volunteer opportunities abound and we want to help pair your interests and talents with the needs and missions of our organization.

Volunteers run the gift shops at the two hospitals and take care of the buying, selling, inventory and restocking. The profits from the gift shops and special sales held throughout the year are used to address the needs of patients, purchase equipment and provide college scholarships for healthcare students.

Other volunteers help with clerical work, staff the information desks, distribute mail to patients, organize bingo games and seasonal celebrations, and escort visitors. The volunteers help out with employee and physician celebrations as well. Volunteers give stuffed animals, knitted caps, blankets, snacks and toys to babies and children in the hospital as well as partner with a local supermarket to provide fresh flowers to residents at Grace Heights and College Pines.

Volunteer as much or as little as you want. If you’d like to put your talents and experience to work for a good cause, look into becoming a UNC Health Blue Ridge Volunteer.

Requirements to Volunteer

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Provide 3 positive references from non-family members
  • Fill out the volunteer application completely
  • Fulfill TB testing and immunization requirements (Employee Health – 580-5380)

Once the above have been completed, you will be contacted to set up:

  • Mandatory learning
  • Initial orientation
  • On-the-job training

Opportunities for Young Volunteers

Our teen volunteer summer program gives teenagers, ages 14 to 18 who have not graduated from high school, the opportunity to observe the delivery of healthcare service to patients and families. Teen volunteers are trained and supervised by Director of Volunteer Services. Some of the services performed by our teen volunteers are:

  • Clerical support (filing, shredding, copying, answering the phone)
  • Computer assistance
  • Patient-visitor escort

If you’d like UNC Health Blue Ridge to be the recipient of your interests, time, talents, and compassion, please consider volunteering with us. Call at 828-580-5729 or email us further information.

Applications are available at the front desk of both hospitals.

Apply to Volunteer

Become a volunteer at UNC Health Blue Ridge.

Application form [PDF]

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