UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center

Volunteer Services


Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of the patients at HCPC. Volunteering provides a wonderful opportunity to the public to give back to the community while gaining knowledge and understanding about mental illness, a disease which will affect one in five individuals.

Previous experience working with patients who have mental illness is preferable, but not mandatory. Volunteers must be understanding of the social needs of mentally ill patients and have good socialization skills. They must convey a friendly and compassionate manner, remain calm and be aware of potential problems in the unit area.

As a volunteer, you can participate in a number of activities, both on and off the patient units. This may include:

  • Working with patients, playing games, reading or participating in other activities,
  • Assisting in the Property Room, Clothing Closet, Pharmacy, Admissions or Discharge Waiting Room,
  • Facilitating Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings,
  • Assisting with worship services.

Volunteers aged 14 - 17 may volunteer only with direct department supervision. Volunteers younger than 18 are not allowed on patient units.

There are always new things for volunteers to do. The Volunteer Services Department’s goal is to make your volunteer experience as meaningful as possible. If none of the above opportunities interests you, please let us know interests and we will try our best to accommodate you.

To be considered for volunteer opportunities at The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, please complete one of the applications below:

Volunteer Opportunities

To be considered for volunteer opportunities at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center please complete one of the following applications below:

Adult Volunteer Application

Student Volunteer Application

*Group Volunteering - Please contact UTHealth HCPC Volunteer Service or 713-741-7851 if your group is interested in volunteering at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center.