Becoming a Volunteer

The volunteer program at Hillsboro Medical Center is built around people of different backgrounds that are committed to providing a compassionate, healing environment for our patients and their families. Volunteers in the healthcare mission are placed in a variety of settings, where they spend their time and talents serving patients, families, and staff.

We’re always interested in hearing from reliable and compassionate people who would like to help our patients on a regular basis. Placements are determinations are based upon the volunteer’s skills, interests, availability, and previous experience.

See an overview of the volunteer onboarding process below:

Onboarding Process time: 6-8 Weeks

Please note: In compliance with Oregon law, Hillsboro Medical Center’s COVID-19 Immunization policy will go in effect September 31, 2021. Volunteers who have an in-person assignment must be fully vaccinated (14 days after last dose). Exception requests from volunteers will not be accepted. Please be prepared to provide proof of vaccination, or to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, as a requirement for onboarding for your in-person assignment at Hillsboro Medical Center. You will not be allowed to participate within Hillsboro Medical Center if you are not compliant with this policy.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

  • Are you at least 16 years of age?
  • Are you able to complete the onboarding process?
  • Can you commit to 26 shifts (6 months) of volunteering for 4 hours a week?

Step 2: Apply online

  • Complete Volunteer Services online application form »
  • Within 2-3 weeks of applying, you will be invited to an interview to begin the onboarding process.
  • Prior to the interview, you will need to obtain your Vaccination Records and complete the Investigative Report document. A detailed email will be sent alongside the interview confirmation.
  • We have volunteers who serve in areas around our various facility which includes Hillsboro Medical Center, 7th Ave Medical Plaza, OHSU/Tuality Cancer Center, and Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Center.

Step 3: Onboarding process

  • After the interview, you will receive an onboarding email that will outline everything you need to do to get started as a volunteer.
  • Once we receive clearance on the background check, volunteer health screen, you will then be scheduled for the final onboarding meeting to officially become a volunteer.
  • Successful completion of health includes vaccine history of COVID-19, Measles (Rubeola), Rubella, Chickenpox (Varicella) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccinations, and Tuberculosis (TB) screening
  • If you have lived internationally within the past 10 years, there will be a fee to complete the international background check (cost varies)

Step 4: Begin Volunteering

  • During the final onboarding meeting, we will schedule you for your shift(s) and training(s), issue you your uniform and ID badge, and provide you with a parking permit if you plan on driving and parking.

Job shadowing opportunity available in many departments, once the 104 hours minimum commitment is met.


I am an HMC employee. Can I still volunteer?

  • Yes, HMC employees can volunteer. However, employees will be assigned outside of their department of employment and may be subject to a Position Description review by VSD + HR.

Can I come in for one day to volunteer?

  • Our minimum commitment for volunteers is a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week.

Can I volunteer more than one shift per week?

  • Yes, you can volunteer as much as you can.

I would like to shadow a doctor or nurse, can volunteer services help me?

  • Yes, once an active volunteer has committed to 26 shifts, they are eligible for a job shadowing opportunity.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Services department at
(503) 681-1489 or