UCLA Health volunteers are exceptional individuals who give back to their community. Over 3000 people volunteer monthly throughout 250 departments at UCLA Health. These men, women and teenagers donate their time and share their talents throughout our hospitals, research facilities and patient care areas, bringing a special personal touch to our patients and families.
The volunteer program at UCLA began in 1955, just a few months after the Medical Center officially opened. The program was designed to assist the Medical Center in its threefold mission of patient care, education, and research - and that remains the goal of the program today. The role of the volunteer is not to replace, but to supplement the regular professional staff, enabling them to provide the best medical, nursing and support services to our patients.
Our volunteers are unique men and women of all ages from varied backgrounds, with different abilities and motivations behind their interest in volunteering. However, our volunteers share a common goal: an interest in helping others and a commitment to serving. The dedication, time and efforts of our volunteers are greatly appreciated by UCLA staff and patients.
UCLA Health volunteers have earned an outstanding reputation for their consistently high level of professionalism. We count on our volunteers to uphold that reputation by maintaining high standards and traditions that distinguish our volunteers by their experience, talents and enthusiasm.
Here you will find information on how to volunteer at the UCLA Health. We look forward to getting to know you in the coming months. As a UCLA Health volunteer, we hope you will experience the special pleasure that comes from giving yourself to help others. Thank you for your interest.
The Volunteer Office Staff
Choose to Make a Difference
When you choose to volunteer at UCLA Health, you become a vital part of a vibrant healthcare resource in the heart of West Los Angeles. We are rich with history, innovation and achievement. Science in the laboratory becomes practice at the bedside, pioneering medical techniques are advances, and lives are transformed.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone age 18 years and older may apply to become a volunteer. We are currently not accepting high school volunteer applicants and will be launching an exciting new high school summer volunteer program in 2016. Please check website in January 2016 for further details. Our volunteers include recent retirees, people looking for a career change, or those with a small block of free time who want to help make the lives of others more comfortable. We also offer special volunteer opportunities for corporations, schools and community groups. What our volunteers have in common is that they want to be challenged, and in rising to those presented challenges, create a world of difference for our health system. Click here to read past and present volunteer testimonials.
What is the time commitment?
Some people can afford to volunteer entire days, while others may find themselves only able to commit a few hours here and there. Working with a volunteer coordinator, each volunteer will design a schedule that best fits his or her availability.
If you are interested in working in multiple areas we encourage you to apply to each one. However, you must complete your volunteer commitment with one program before joining a second one.
How do I get started?
Please click the link below that best applies to you.
HOLIDAY CLOSURES FOR 2015: The Volunteer Services Office will be closed during the following upcoming holidays:
Monday, February 19
Friday, March 27
Monday, May 25
Friday, July 3
Monday, September 7
Wednesday, November 11
December 31-January 1
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