Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Denver Health! There are many options for community members to contribute their time and talent through our Volunteer Services programs to provide support to our patients, staff and community.
The Denver Health volunteer program began in 1935 to help Denver Health to fulfill its threefold goal of patient care, education and research. The role of the volunteer is to supplement the professional staff, thereby freeing time to provide the best medical, nursing and support services to patients. Volunteers add the extra dimensions of empathy, sensitivity, warmth, and friendliness to ease and brighten a patient’s hospital stay or clinic visit. Denver Health has about 200-350 active volunteers throughout the year.
All volunteer applicants must:
- Be 16 years of age or older
- Commit to volunteering 4 hours consistently every week (Pet Therapy/Doula have different shifts, please inquire for details)
- Commit to 150 hours over a 12-month period
- Attend an interview, orientation and additional trainings as needed
- Complete a multi-step medical clearance including a two-step TB test, flu shot and providing a copy of your immunization records
- Be able to successfully pass a background screening
After completing your hours as a Pathfinder, here are some examples of other opportunities that will be available:
Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, some of these areas are not currently available to volunteer in.
- Book Cart: Volunteers visit each patient room in our medical surgery floors and offer a variety of books, magazines and puzzles. They also help in acquiring basic needs such as toiletries, reading glasses and phone chargers.
- Medical Surgery Floors: Volunteers help to stock rooms, meet patient needs, answer call lights and help support staff.
- Clerical Volunteers: Volunteers welcome people, organize paperwork, put together educational materials for new patients and make follow up calls.
- MyChart Sign-Up: Help our patients in the outpatient clinics sign up for MyChart, a secure online service that allows our patients simple health care management from any smartphone or computer, including prescription refills, make an appointment, and online bill pay.
- Pediatric Volunteers: Help our Child Life specialists in the DECC, Pediatric Unit, and Neonatal with our littlest patients! You will be hosting activities, help with events and care for our pediatric patients.
- Spiritual Care: Volunteers help the Spiritual Care Department in completing specific tasks that assist in addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and visitors at Denver Health.
- Emergency Department: This is a busy, fast paced environment. Volunteers support patients, run errands and stock rooms in our Level 1 Trauma Center.
- Pet Therapy: Volunteers and their certified (through Alliance of Therapy Dogs or Pet Partners) pet therapy dogs spread joy and comfort to patients, visitors and staff with visits throughout the hospital
- Additional possibilities:
o Outpatient Clinics
o Human resources
Volunteer Application Steps:
- Submit an online Volunteer Application application through our secure website.
- Volunteer Services will contact you if your application is approved. It may take 3-4 weeks before you hear due to the high volume of applications we receive.
If you still have questions, please contact:
- Debbie Salazar, Volunteer Services Assistant, (303) 602-2926 or
- Liz Matthews, Volunteer Coordinator, (303) 602-2929
Other Donation Needs
Are you interested in helping but not able to make the commitment required to become a consistent hospital volunteer? Donations are a great way to help! Donations are accepted in the volunteer office, located in the Volunteer and Patient Services Zone on the first floor of Pavilion C, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4 pm. Outside of these hours, donations can be made at the main information desk in Pavilion A, the hospital’s main entrance.
Newborns In Need
Denver Health Foundation's Newborns in Need program comes to the rescue for expecting families who are struggling to make ends meet. Thanks to generous donors and volunteers, we collect thousands of new baby items to fill our “Warm Welcome” bags that are given to new moms and dads who really need and appreciate this extra help.
In addition to the Warm Welcome Bags, Newborns in Need also provides car seats, strollers, cribs and many more items to families that are in serious need. Learn more about volunteering and donating to Newborns In Need. For information please email Sharon Mushkin at email@example.com or call (303) 602-2985.
Reach Out and Read
With our Reach Out and Read program, gently used books are placed in waiting areas at clinics to create literacy-rich environments, given to siblings during Well Child Visits, and offered to patients during sick visits. It is our goal that every time a child enters our clinics that they leave with a book in their hands. Help us make this goal a reality.
We are happy to accept new and gently used children’s books abiding by the following guidelines:
- Be new or gently used (covers and pages intact, clean and unmarked pages)
- Books may be for the following age groups: infants up to and including young adults
- No textbooks
- No used coloring or activity books
Donations can be dropped off in Volunteer Services, The Zone Pavilion C, 1st Floor weekdays from 8 am - 4 pm.