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Volunteer opportunities

As a volunteer at Truman Medical Centers/University Health, you can discover the joy and satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of many and helping to lead the way to a healthier community.

There are many ways to get involved at TMC! Our two campuses, Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District (TMC HSD) and Truman Medical Center (TMC) Lakewood, have a variety of volunteer needs. You can work assisting patients, staff, visitors and our long-term care residents.

College student (18 and up) volunteering

TMC has volunteer opportunities available for college students interested in careers in healthcare. Our student volunteers are able to experience a healthcare setting while giving back to the community.

Student volunteers assist in a nonclinical capacity in various departments throughout the hospital. Students are required to commit to 50 hours of service during the semester to receive confirmation of volunteer hours.

Application deadline for fall semester is Sept. 15.

Application deadline for spring semester is Jan. 15.

Submit application

Adult volunteering

Volunteers play valuable and meaningful roles in the lives of patients throughout Truman Medical Centers/University Health. Daytime, evening and weekend opportunities are available at both TMC HSD (2301 Holmes Street) and TMC Lakewood (7900 Lee's Summit Road). Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, gain career experience and meet new people. Discover the joy and satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference!

Please note: Adult Volunteers are required to complete a health assessment, background screening, and compliance lessons prior to volunteering.

Volunteer activities include:

  • Greeting and escorting patients.
  • Helping in our beautiful gift shops.
  • Assisting staff in clinics or on nursing units.
  • Facilitate recreational activities for residents of the Lakewood Care Center.
  • Providing clerical support or data entry services.
  • Assisting with special events and community outreach activities.
  • Create floral arrangements.
  • Rocking babies (55 years and up).

Submit application

Youth volunteering

The Summer Volunteer program at Truman Medical Centers/University Health is a great way for high school students to complete community service hours and gain experience in a medical setting. We offer two programs for youth volunteers during the summer.


Summer@TMC is a traditional youth volunteer program in which students 14 to 17 years old may volunteer up to three days a week in various departments throughout the hospital. Volunteer opportunities include hospital gift shop, inpatient nursing stations, long-term care and more.

Program dates and times

June 8 – July 31, 2020 (M, W, F)
9 am – 4 pm

2301 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

TMC Lakewood
June 8 – July 31, 2020 (M, W, F)
9 am – 2 pm

7900 Lee's Summit Road
Kansas City, MO 64139

Careers in Healthcare

Careers in Healthcare is designed for junior and senior high school students interested in pursuing a healthcare career. Students shadow employees in various departments.

Program dates and times

June 9 – July 16, 2020 (T, TH)
9 am – 4 pm

2301 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

TMC Lakewood
June 9 – July 16, 2020 (T, TH)
9 am – 2 pm

7900 Lee's Summit Road
Kansas City, MO 64139


We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s program.

Donations and drives

Truman Medical Centers/University Health holds various drives throughout the year to benefit our patients and community.

Clothing drives. Truman Medical Centers/University Health serves more than 100,000 patients annually, many with limited financial resources. We constantly need various clothing items to give to our patients at the time of discharge. This includes men's and women's underwear, socks, shirts, pants and flat shoes. Donations must be new, in original packaging, with tags attached.

Holiday gift bags. Adopt a resident in the Lakewood Care Center (long-term care) during the holiday season. Fulfill their simple wish list and make their holidays a little brighter.

  • Books and other reading material.
  • Reading glasses.
  • Handmade items.

Current donation requests

Specifications for sewing donations

Current opportunities

Annual Holiday Adopt-A-Resident Program

Lakewood Care Center’s
Annual Holiday Adopt-A-Resident Program

Many thanks to those of you who have supported the annual holiday Adopt-A-Resident Program, with the donation of gift bags or money to purchase gifts.

Lakewood Care Center is currently home to over 175 residents.

The 2020 Adopt-A-Resident Program, sponsored by TMC’s Volunteer Services, is being kicked off this week. We invite schools, churches and community groups to adopt a Lakewood Care Center resident and support this effort.

To participate, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at 816-404-9710 or email Brittney Cummings at

For more information please visit our website or like us on Facebook.

Gifts need to be delivered to Lakewood by October 30, 2020.

Cookie Cart

Cookie Cart volunteers serve our patients with cookies and fresh fruit while they wait for appointments. Children receive teddy bears along with crayons and coloring sheets. These carts circulate through the surgery waiting area, intensive care unit, and labor and delivery. Volunteers must be able to walk without assistance while pushing a cart on wheels.

Hospitality cart

Every patient and visitor in a hospital appreciates a friendly face with a great smile. Share your smile as you distribute magazines, books and activity sheets to lobbies and patient rooms. Volunteers must be able to walk without assistance while pushing a cart on wheels.

Flower assembler

Bring joy to a patient's day by assembling flower arrangements that are sold in the TMC Lakewood Gift Shop. Volunteers must be available a minimum of one to two days per week. Floral experience is preferred.

Gift shop assistant

If you are great with people, merchandising, stocking items and all other things retail, please volunteer in our gift shops. Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods, stoop and bend. Both Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District and TMC Lakewood have gift shops.

Lafayette assembly

Help the babies born at Truman Medical Centers/University Health by assembling a special gift for each new mother. The gifts include information on safe sleep, a sleeper, baby cap and a baby blanket.

Long-term care activities assistant

Do you like having fun and helping others to do the same? If so, join volunteers as they assist with activities for our long-term care residents. Volunteers also assist with transporting patients to and from activities and events. This service is located at TMC Lakewood only.

Physical therapy/occupational therapy supporter

Join our Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) team as they help patients recover from illnesses and accidents. PT/OT supporters work in the rehabilitation department at TMC Lakewood cleaning mats and equipment used by patients, transporting patients, and carrying out general office assistance like creating charts and filing.

Caring Heart

Do you have a knack for cuddling and soothing newborns? We need you in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to hold and rock babies when parents aren't available. Your time will be split between rocking our sweetest patients and serving in other volunteer. This service is located at Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District only.


Have you ever struggled finding your way in a hospital? Our patients have that same trouble from time to time. We need you to help provide directions to our patients and visitors.

Wheelchair repair

Can you fix anything? Or do you just have a special way of figuring out solutions to mechanical problems? We need you to help us with wheelchair repair. You must be mechanically inclined and willing to work one day each week.

Sewing donations

Calling all seamstresses, knitters and those who love to crochet. We gladly accept donations of baby blankets for our infants and lap blankets, quilts and tote bags for our long-term care residents. The totes are for wheelchairs. We have specifications for baby blankets.

Nursing stations

If you have good customer service and organizational skills you may want to see how a nurses' station works. Under the supervision of the unit coordinator, volunteers answer phones and call lights and restock supplies.