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Welcome to CPALS!

Carolina Pediatric Attention Love and Support, or CPALS, is a University Organization of Registered UNC Medical Center Volunteers. CPALS is a service organization composed of UNC students whose mission is to provide trusting, supportive relationships with pediatric patients and their families.

CPALS spend their first year volunteering in the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic or the Inpatient Pediatric Playroom. Following that initial volunteer experience, veteran CPALS may earn the opportunity to be matched 1:1 with a specific patient. CPALS provide fun and support in the inpatient and clinic environment as well as engage in CPALS organization fundraisers and special events that support UNC’s Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology and it’s psycho-social support programming.

CPALS must be a registered UNC student and a minimum of 18 years of age (hospital volunteer requirements). This opportunity does not specifically provide medical exposure or education, but is focused on supporting pediatric families during their treatment experience. Attendance at monthly CPALS meetings and participation in the CPALS student organization activities is required.

Interested in joining?

Visit our Registration section to learn more about becoming a registered UNC Medical Center Volunteer.

Please note – the Medical Center Volunteer commitment is for a full 6 months, CPALS asks that you commit for a minimum of one full academic year (two or more years is preferred). Read our Registration section to learn more about the commitment expectations.

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Additional Questions? Contact us.

If you have any questions about becoming involved, contact CPALS Advisor Meghan Fox or CPALS President Taylor Steele. You can also complete our Contact Us form and we will be in touch. Thanks!