Volunteer Services


USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is the largest freestanding facility dedicated to caring for patients and families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute accepts volunteer support (as needed) for community outreach activities, special projects and events, caregiver engagement and laboratory research.

Please note, medical student volunteers in our clinical research projects are not possible, as the patient hours usually conflict with class and rotation schedules. We have numerous requests and, unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate everyone who may be interested. Students are welcome to do a clinical rotation through the Byrd Institute as an elective in geriatric psychiatry/geriatrics but we can’t involve those students in our research other than in an observational capacity. Medical students are also welcome to volunteer for events like Memory Screening Day in November.

If you are looking for a laboratory research assistantship, please contact the faculty researcher directly for available positions.

Application Requirements

All volunteers are required to submit a Byrd Institute volunteer application, USF Human Resources volunteer application, current resume and three professional references. Depending on the volunteer position, additional documentation may be required. Students seeking a volunteer position MUST be degree seeking and in good academic standing with a current record of health immunizations. Proof of current health immunizations is required for all Patient Dignity volunteers (students and non-students).

Application materials can be emailed to sjeffer1@health.usf.edu or mailed to 4001 E. Fletcher Ave, MDC36, Tampa, FL 33613.

Community Outreach

Volunteers join our Marketing staff at health fairs, expos and other community events. Knowledge of the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, its mission and services, and some level of experience engaging with community are required. Volunteers will be notified of assignments by phone or email. Some mandatory training may be required prior to each outing.

Special Projects/Events

Volunteers assist with special, one-time assignments, including administrative projects, fundraisers and receptions. These projects vary according to the specific needs and goals of the Institute. Volunteers will be notified of assignments by phone or email. Some mandatory training may be required prior to each assignment.

Patient Dignity Program

Volunteers in this program provide direct support and assistance to caregivers during a clinic visit. Volunteers will be assigned to a family and will assist with caregiver/patient arrival, administering parking passes, escorting caregiver/patient to clinic wait room; sitting with the caregiver during a clinic visit; providing assistance in the Bistro dining area, setting up TV/DVD access, accessing educational resources, way-finding, and engaging caregiver(s) in activities such as puzzles and games. Creativity, patience and a sense of humor are welcomed. Knowledge of the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, its mission and services is required. Opportunities available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 4pm. Experience working with senior populations preferred, but training and supervision will be provided. Mandatory training is required before volunteering in the Patient Dignity Program.

Patient Dignity volunteers must complete a level 2 background screening, communicable diseases medical questionnaire and HIPAA training through the USF Health Professional Integrity Office.

Lab Volunteers

Applicant criteria determined by principal investigator(s). Lab volunteers are normally students of faculty principal investigators. USF-HR volunteer application is required. If you are interested in volunteering in a research lab, please contact the principal investigator or research faculty directly by visiting the Research Faculty page.