Until further notice, the MIND Institute's Volunteer Program has been suspended due COVID-19 restrictions. Please check back periodically for updates on this page.

Volunteer at the UC Davis MIND Institute

When you become a volunteer you join a team of caring professionals whose mission is to improve the health of the people in the community they serve. The MIND Institute's volunteer team is made up of men and women from diverse backgrounds, high school and college students, retirees, transitioning adults and working professionals.

Child Life Program

Volunteers work with the MIND Institute's Child Life Specialists.  Primary duties include providing play activities and supervising children who visit the research clinic and Massie Family evaluation clinic.  Other volunteer duties may include maintaining the play and common areas; cleaning toys; preparing for and staffing special events; performing administrative tasks; and assisting other departments with special projects. Volunteers may also gain educational experience by observing children in research or evaluation settings.  

There is a minimum 4 month commitment and volunteers should be available 4-6 hours a week. Minimum age requirements for volunteers is 18. Summer-only volunteer opportunities are unavailable.

To discuss becoming a Child Life Volunteer, contact:

Veronica Tuss, MS, CCLS 916-734-6454 or vntuss@ucdavis.edu

Research Clinic Front Reception

Volunteers provide assistance to families participating in research studies. General office skills are welcomed when volunteering (computer skills, phones, database input, etc.).; an additional opportunity includes assisting with special events.

Summer-only volunteer opportunities are unavailable.

To discuss becoming a Research Clinic Volunteer, contact:

Brenda Shelton, 916-703-0343 or blshelton@ucdavis.edu

Resource Center

Volunteers welcome visitors to the Resource Center and assist them with locating information.  They help with community workshops, assistive technology demonstrations, identification/restocking of resource materials, updating websites, and other projects of special interest.

To discuss becoming a Resource Center Volunteer, contact:

Steve Ruder, 916-703-0227 or sruder@ucdavis.edu