A Wealth of Volunteer Opportunities


Listed below are just some of the opportunities for our volunteers. Most opportunities are available Monday through Friday. Adult volunteers are asked to commit to 100 hours a year, at a minimum of 4 hours a day, once a week. To learn more details and view the service description, click on the titles.


The needs of the hospital vary from day to day. These volunteers are on standby and can be sent to one particular department or several different departments each visit. This person may find themselves in an office setting or on a patient floor. Duties performed usually include, but are not limited to, filing, answering the phones, making copies and creating packets, or special projects.

Foster Grandparent Program

These individuals are 55 years and older. They assist the nursing staff in caring for babies. This position requires a special person who can provide comfort and gentleness.

Patient Floors

Assist nursing staff with clerical tasks; filing, assembling packets, delivering food trays, and running errands.


Assist nursing staff with patients in the playroom.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

These individuals are 60 years and older. They use their knowledge from their respective career fields to assist with special assignments, logistics, and much more.

Spiritual Care

The role of this volunteer is to offer comfort and consolation to patients and their families.

Virtual Volunteers/Specialty Groups

Participate in activities such as scrapbooking, quilting and sewing projects, and neighborhood magazine drives to benefit patients.

Volunteer Ambassadors

Provide assistance with way-finding and answering questions at the information desk. This person must possess exceptional people skills and because you will be one of the first people customers will encounter, you must be willing to present yourself as "the face" of University Health System.

Paws Up Pet Therapy Program

The Paws Up Pet Therapy is a University Health System program designed to bring compassionate comfort to young patients and their families during a stay at University Hospital. A visit from our furry friends and their handlers bring smiles and a good feeling as soon as the patients see their new friend. The Paws Up Pet Therapy program offers an opportunity to interact safely with dogs and cats. The program is also designed to bring comfort, smiles and good feelings to all University Health System visitors and staff.

Our Pet Teams currently certified with a recognized National or Local therapy organization approved by University Health System such as: Pet Partners, Therapy Animals of San Antonio, PAWS for Service (Pets Are Wonderful Support).

To be considered for this rewarding program, you and your dog/cat must be registered with Pet Partners, Therapy Animals of San Antonio or PAWS for Service (Pets Are Wonderful Support). You and the dog/cat must successfully complete an evaluation by our Paws Up Pet Therapy committee and must successfully complete the adult volunteer requirements.

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Creating Opportunities

The Volunteer Services department creates opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our volunteer positions allow you and your friends to:

  • Explore new career fields
  • Network socially and professionally
  • Practice important job skills in real administrative settings
  • Participate in special projects such as committee work and special projects
  • Improve the health and well being of the people of Bexar County, South Texas and beyond