Volunteer Opportunities

Due to restrictions on volunteering at our partner hospitals as a result of COVID-19,  Arts For Life is not onboarding new volunteers at this time.

We encourage you to submit an application, but please know that it may be weeks or even months before we are able to process it. We thank you in advance for your patience. 


When you volunteer with Arts For Life, you join a dynamic network of hundreds of people across the state making a real and lasting difference in the lives of young patients and their families.

Our volunteers have a passion for the arts and a love for working with children. The large majority of Arts For Life volunteers teach visual art, which may include (but is certainly not limited to): crafts, drawing, painting, printmaking, origami, paper craft, collage, and sculpture. All chapters offer placements for creative writing volunteers, and our Asheville, Durham, and Winston-Salem chapters offer placements for music volunteers as well.

At Arts For Life, we are committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and empowering environment for all participants and volunteers in our programs, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, immigration status, religious and political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We invite you to join us in our effort to create a fully inclusive workplace where everyone’s skills and abilities are appreciated.

(Pssst…need a little more info? Scroll down to the Volunteer FAQs below.)

Want to be an Arts For Life volunteer?
It’s a simple 2-step process.

  1. Apply Today:

I want to volunteer in ASHEVILLE!

I want to volunteer in CHARLOTTE!

I want to volunteer in DURHAM!

I want to volunteer in WINSTON-SALEM!

  1. Then, EMAIL the staffperson in your chapter to introduce yourself and get the ball rolling!

Asheville: Anna Long / anna@artsforlifenc.org

Charlotte: Sarah Ness / sarah@artsforlifenc.org

Durham: Alison Griffin / alison@artsforlifenc.org

Winston-Salem: Betsey McLawhorn / betsey@artsforlifenc.org

We accept teaching volunteer applications year-round! However, we only interview and train new volunteers a few times a year. When you submit your application, we’ll let you know when the next round of interviews will be held in your chapter.

Volunteer FAQs

This sounds great! Can I start next week?

Many of our volunteers are surprised by how long it takes to simply be able to teach art in the hospital! The overall process can take between one and three months to complete, from your initial interview with Arts For Life to your first solo teaching shift.
We send all of our volunteers, fellows, and staff through hospital volunteer training in addition to our Arts For Life training. This includes a hospital orientation and interview, immunization check and TB testing, background check, and hospital training—and that’s not including Arts For Life’s training sessions and shadowing.

What do you mean by “interviews”?

We always meet with potential volunteers first, not just to make sure that you are a great fit for Arts For Life, but just as importantly, that Arts For Life is a great fit for you. An interview allows us the opportunity to see where your skills and passions might fit into our programs, and it allows you the opportunity to evaluate how Arts For Life might fit into your weekly schedule.

What is the time commitment required of volunteers?

 Arts For Life volunteers commit to a once-weekly volunteer shift of three to four hours. We also require a minimum nine-month commitment, in order to provide consistency and dependability for our patients and families, and so you gain the full amazing benefits of being a teaching team member.

What ages can volunteer?

Arts For Life volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

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