Volunteer at Denver Health

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in supporting Denver Health through our volunteer and donation programs. There are currently several options for community members to contribute to our efforts and provide support to our patients, staff and community. These options include:

In this video, watch employees across Denver Health give thanks to our hard-working volunteers for National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 18-24, 2021).
  • Volunteering for COVID-specific roles (clinical and non-clinical);
  • Volunteering through our traditional volunteer services program; and 
  • By making donations to support our COVID response and ongoing programming

COVID Volunteer Opportunities

In order to increase our capacity to provide vaccinations to our patients and community members, we are in the process of building a “Labor Pool” to support vaccine clinic coverage. We need clinical and non-clinical volunteers to ensure full coverage. Please see below for more information about volunteer roles available and process for becoming a volunteer.

Upon receipt of your information, someone will reach out to you to discuss next steps. Please note, due to the high-volume of inquiries we are receiving about supporting our vaccine efforts, we ask for your patience as contact everyone who has expressed interest.

Clinical Volunteers

Type of Clinical Volunteers Needed: 

  • Clinical Practitioner or Licensed Independent practitioners: Physician, Advanced Practice Provider (CNM, NP, CRNA, PA, CNS), Medical Assistant, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Radiologic, Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse, LPN, Dentist

Clinical Volunteer Roles

  • Vaccine Management: This role is responsible for diluting and/or drawing up the vaccine for administration. Competency training required day of clinic if not previously trained. This person will monitor how much vaccine is out at room temperature, how many syringes are drawn up and waiting, and will monitor end of session needs to minimize vaccine waste. 
  • Vaccinator: This role will vaccinate patients and clean their station after every patient. Appropriate training or certification required.

Clinical Volunteer Process

If you are interested in volunteering as a CLINICAL volunteer, please complete the following Denver Health External Clinical Vaccine Volunteer Application. Please note the application may not load in Microsoft Edge browsers. 

Clinical Volunteer Application

Non-Clinical Volunteers

Non-Clinical Volunteer Roles

  • Greeter: This role will greet patients as they present to the vaccine area, direct them to vaccination station as they open, assist with wiping down vaccine stations as patients depart.
  • Pathfinder: This role will assist patients by helping them to get to the COVID Vaccine Clinic when they arrive
  • COVID Vaccine Card Prep: This role assists our pharmacy team with preparing “COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards” for distribution

Non-Clinical Volunteer Process

If you are interested in volunteering as a NON-CLINICAL volunteer, please click on the following button and fill out Denver Health Volunteer Application. Once we receive your application our Volunteer Services Coordinator will reach out to provide next steps.

Non-Clinical Volunteer Application

COVID Donation Needs

At this time, Denver Health's greatest need is for monetary donations. Those who want to help are encouraged to contribute to the Fight COVID-19 Urgent Response Fund at DenverHealthFoundation.org/ways-to-give/donate-now. 

For donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies including medical masks, gowns and gloves, please send an email to Linda.Ford@dhha.org. Denver Health is currently not accepting any homemade masks.

For donations of food, signs, letters and/or cards supporting our health care workers to be added to our "Wall of Gratitude” outside of the hospital's Volunteer and Patient Services Zone (located on the first floor of Pavilion C), please contact Amy.Friedman@dhha.org

Vendors who are interested in selling or leasing supplies may send an email to COVID_vendors@dhha.org.

For more information on news and updates related to coronavirus, visit DenverHealth.org/Coronavirus.

Traditional Volunteer Services Program

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 100 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 

Please scroll down and refer to our Volunteer Services FAQs for more information and to learn about the application process for the traditional volunteer services program/opportunities.

Traditional Volunteer Opportunities

All new volunteers, with the exception of Pet Therapy and Doulas, must start as Pathfinders for their first 32 hours unless recruited to volunteer with a specific department. Denver Health is a big campus and it is easy to get lost, our Pathfinders help patients and visitors to find their way to appointments, tests, visits, etc. with comfort and ease through the many buildings and departments. Pathfinders also help with hospital departments on projects as needed.

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

Can I complete court-ordered community service hours at the hospital?

No, unfortunately our hospital cannot sign off on court order community service.

How long does the process take?

The process depends on several factors; you background check, multi-step medical clearance and orientation date. It can take two to five weeks after attending orientation.

Does the medical clearance require a drug test or actual physical?


I have something in my background, does that automatically disqualify me to volunteer?

No, we take each situation on a case by case basis reviewed by our legal team.

Do I have to take another TB test even though I have a very recent one?

Yes, as per policy, every employee and volunteer need to receive a TB test from COSH.

I would like to job shadow, what is the process for that program?

Our job shadowing program is run by our human resource department.

Will I automatically get hired for a job after volunteering for a certain amount of hours?

No, getting a job offer is solely based on your relationships you make when you volunteer.

Can I choose the department I want to volunteer with?

We do our best to place our volunteers in the department they wish to be in, it is based on department needs, and schedules.

Does Denver Health have a Cuddle Program?

Denver Health has volunteers who assist on the Mom/Baby floor and in the NICU. While these individuals do have the opportunity to hold our littlest patients, they also assist with a number of other tasks such as making signs for the babies rooms, creating welcome kits, folding blankets, etc. In these roles, we look for volunteers who are willing to jump in and help with all tasks.These roles are competitive and not always available. 

Does Denver Health accept Clinical Volunteers?

Yes, however, they do not go through Volunteer Services. If you are interested in becoming a Clinical Volunteer, please contact the Medical Staffing Office at 303-602-2715.

Apply for Traditional Volunteer Services Programs/Opportunities

Volunteer Application Steps:

  1. Submit an online Volunteer Application application through our secure website.
  2. 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.

Traditional Volunteer Application

Debbie Salazar, Volunteer Services Assistant, (303) 602-2926 or Liz Matthews, Volunteer Coordinator, (303) 602-2929

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 sharon.mushkin@dhha.org 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.