Join us and make a difference
Connect2Health volunteers work closely with local underserved populations in clinical settings. Volunteers pair individuals with local resources to help meet basic needs while empowering patients to take charge of their health. Connect2Health team members learn communication skills through patient interaction, gain insight into vulnerable populations, and experience what it is like to work in environments where healthcare is provided.
"My experience with the Connect2Health program has been the highlight of my undergraduate" - Alex, volunteer.
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General volunteers serve one three-hour shift per week and attend bi-weekly reflection sessions. AmeriCorps volunteers serve two three-hour shifts per week and attend weekly reflection sessions.
Timeline to become a volunteer
Applications for the coming term open at the end of each academic semester. After completing the Connect2Health application, prospective volunteers will also fill out applications for volunteering at the University of Utah Hospital and Fourth Street Clinic. Once both of these applications are completed, prospective volunteers will be invited to attend an interview session. After interviews, invitations to join the Connect2Health team will be sent to selected new members. If selected, new volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer training session, complete shadow shifts, and comply with site-specific onboarding procedures.
What our volunteers are saying:
"My name is Braydon, I was born and raised in the Salt Lake valley and love living in Utah. I am currently in the final stages of a Kinesiology degree from the University of Utah, and I plan on attending medical school in the near future.
A common theme that I have tried to instill throughout my volunteering is, start with empathy. I feel that true empathy is a critical component of effective healthcare, and that is why I chose to volunteer with Connect2Health. Each of the programs I have been a part of have allowed me to experience direct contact with the patients and address their needs in an intimate and meaningful way. Connect2Health has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the community while helping me understand what genuine empathy is and truly grow on a personal level." - Braydon, volunteer
"I feel I have had an amazing experience and opportunity with Connect2Health. Not only are you helping patients getting connected to resources but you are there to help support them along the way. I know not everyone is going to use your resources or want our services, but it is rewarding knowing you can direct them to the correct places that can further help assist them and their families. I also love learning about the different paths and lives that people have lived and faced. I feel Connect2Health truly opens your eyes to another side of health care that is not just medical based." - Kameron, volunteer.
"I experienced genuine compassion and community between fellow volunteers. This gave me a network of resources to draw from within the volunteer program but as well as on campus and other areas as well. I also cannot understate the value of interacting with a population that I otherwise never would have that possible. Every patient I worked with taught me something new and widened my perspective. " - Hyonoo, volunteer.