When you become a volunteer, you join a team of volunteers who serve as the ambassadors of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our volunteers are often the first to greet and introduce visitors to the Cancer Center and are an essential part of our team, helping us provide patients with the best experience possible.

Our volunteer team is made up of caring people, men and women from diverse backgrounds, high school and college students, retirees, transitioning adults and working professionals.

Volunteer opportunities

Welcome desk

Volunteers at our welcome desk play an important role greeting patients and visitors and assisting them with wayfinding for our adult and pediatric clinics, infusion centers and radiation oncology services.


Volunteers provide assistance in a number of administrative activities. General office skills are welcome, including computer skills, phones and database input. Volunteers may also assist with coordination of special events for the cancer center.

Child Life Program

Volunteers work with UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s child life specialists, assisting with play activities and supervising children. Other duties may include maintaining the play and common areas, cleaning toys, performing administrative tasks and preparing for and staffing special events.

More about the Child Life Program

Volunteer, Judith Wright“Volunteering at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is an opportunity to meet and greet a diverse population of folks looking for strength, directions, hope and a smile! I look forward to giving it my best!” — Judith Wright

Cancer Resource Center

Volunteers welcome visitors to the Cancer Resource Center and assist them with locating information. They may also help with workshops, identification and restocking of resource materials and other projects of special interest.

More about the Cancer Resource Center

Patient Peer Navigator Program

The UC Davis Cancer Peer Navigator Program relies on cancer survivors who want to become volunteer cancer coaches and mentors for newly diagnosed patients. Cancer Peer Navigators assist cancer patients through the diagnosis and treatment process and help them understand and cope with treatment options.

Find out more about peer navigating and volunteering

How to apply to become a volunteer

For questions about volunteering, please contact us:

By email

By phone at 916-734-0823

  1. Volunteer Interest Form

    IMPORTANT FIRST STEP:  Please complete and submit an online Volunteer Interest Form to us. This information will help us understand your interests and help us guide you in your decision about whether we have a good match for you at the Cancer Center before you start the volunteer process.

  2. Volunteer Application

    Please complete the online Volunteer Application to start the process with Volunteer Services. We'll help guide you through the process, providing tips and educating you about what to expect.

  3. Requirements of volunteers

    Please review the basic requirements of volunteers. Depending on the volunteer position, there may be additional requirements. We'll help you understand what additional requirements may apply for your area of interest.

  4. Visit the Volunteer Services site

    UC Davis Health Volunteer Services is the group that will process your volunteer application, provide mandatory training classes and review and process your medical clearance form. Visit Volunteer Services for more information.