Frequently Asked Questions

Can I or my family come in for one day to volunteer?

Our minimum commitment for volunteers is six months, done in a minimum of one three-to-four-hour shift per week. For one-day or family-friendly volunteer options, please visit the Portland area volunteer center at

Can my school or community group come in to volunteer?

We are unable to offer group volunteer opportunities at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital due to infection control standards, as well as the protection of our patients’ confidentiality and comfort. Your group can help Doernbecher by organizing fundraisers or toy drives.

I would like to shadow a doctor or a nurse. Can volunteer services help me?

We do not assist with arranging shadowing opportunities. If you are interested in shadowing a doctor or nurse, please talk to your primary care provider.

I would like to gain research experience by volunteering in a lab. What should I do?

If you are a student interested in volunteering to assist in a lab, please contact the academic and research volunteer department at 503-494-4517 for more information.

Can the volunteer office organize a tour for a group of students?

Students can experience OHSU through the Discover OHSU! Program, which works with high school juniors and seniors enrolled in science classes.