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Volunteer Services

VolunteerVolunteering at UNC REX Healthcare has been a community tradition since the 1920s. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of the members of our community, UNC REX benefits from nearly 150,000 volunteer hours each year.

UNC REX Healthcare is in need of quality, caring people to become a part of our hospital volunteer family. We are currently looking for individuals who are compassionate enthusiastic, qualified and committed to making a difference.

Available Volunteer Programs

UNC REX Healthcare offers many unique opportunities including an adult program, college program and a VolunTEEN program. All programs require an application, an interview and completion of a training course.

Required Time Commitment

All applicants are required to commit to a minimum of six months of volunteering in order to best serve the hospital. Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for 2-4 hours each week.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

You can find a variety of volunteer opportunities that cater to different interests and schedules.

Animal-Assisted Therapies

Become a part of the pet therapy team and help make patients feel at ease with a special visit from an animal assistance pet. Learn more about our Animal-Assisted Therapy program at UNC REX Healthcare.

Become a REX Ambassador!

If you like to walk long distances, greet and engage with people, then join the Rex Ambassadors! Volunteers are needed at the main entrance lobby and the medical office building (MOB) lobby to greet and escort patients and visitors to their destination within the facility. 

Positions are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m. Please contact Sherry Mendenhall, volunteer coordinator, 919-784-2297 for more information. 

REX Hospital Open

The annual REX Hospital Open provides volunteers with the opportunity to support UNC REX while taking part in a professional golf tournament.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities available including: Walking Scorers, Marshals, Player Shuttle Services, Merchandise Sales, Hospitality Services, Pro-Am Services, and many more.

View all the volunteer opportunities and fill out an application at

Craft Supply Volunteers and Donations

We are happy to accept the following items made by volunteers:

  • Knitted and crocheted caps for newborns (download the template)
  • Special bags and pillows for patients
  • Stuffed pillows for pediatric patients
  • Incubator Blankets - These will be used on top of incubators to keep light to a minimum. If knitted or crocheted, they cannot have holes penetrable by light. Should by 3'x3', or 3'x 4' and washable.
  • Lap Robes - Light and heavy robes are welcome. Can be any material. Should be 4'x5' and washable.
  • Drain bags
  • Angel bags for holding mementos

We are also happy to accept craft supply donations in the form of yarns and fabrics (at least one-yard in length) and magazines (less than six months old are preferred).

Volunteer Benefits

In addition to the satisfaction that comes from helping others, UNC REX volunteers are also eligible for several benefits including: Wellness Center, Korner Café and Courtyard Café discounts; award pins for extended services; tax deductions on uniform and mileage expenses; and volunteer placement assistance at other organizations.

Apply Today

Complete an application for the AdultCollege or VolunTEEN program online.

Contact Us

For questions, please email Volunteer Services or call 919-784-3165.

2016 Summer VolunTEEN Program

We're now accepting applications! Become a VolunTEEN today.