Santa Monica Volunteer Opportunities

Info Desk

Hospitality: Welcome Ambassador (Information Desk)

Our trained volunteers assist at one of our information desks at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, Surgery Center and Medical Procedure Center.  Greet people, look up patient room numbers and provide general information and assistance. Extensive training will be provided.   Volunteers access electronic medical records to provide assistance for patients and visitors needing directions. Volunteers must be friendly,  possess good customer service and communication skills, are computer literate, dependable, patient and able to come in on time on scheduled days.



Wayfinders are stationed at hospital entrances and greet and welcome each visitor/patient along with providing wheelchair and escort assistance if needed. Our wayfinders must be friendly, proactive, have good communication and customer service skills.

Hospitality: Surgical Waiting Area

Act as a liaison between the families in the Surgical Waiting Area and the staff in the Operating Rooms and Recovery Unit. Check patients and waiting family members in, explain the process and update people as information becomes available. Must be extremely customer-service oriented, empathetic and possess good communication skills. 

Patient Transport

Patient Transport / Materials Management

Volunteers will assist in the Patient Transport office at the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. Discharge patients, assists in transfers and generally help the patient escort staff. Great for students who would like to see all areas of the hospital and get clinical exposure. Flexible weekday and weekend hours. 

Volunteers will assist Materials Management in delivering equipment or supplies to hospital departments, requested units and inpatients.

Santa Monica Floater Volunteer


Under the Volunteer Services' supervision and direction, floaters contribute in a wide array of duties and responsibilities, which include administrative and clerical tasks. Volunteers must be flexible, computer literate and able to walk around hospital delivering items, if necessary, for part of shift . Shifts are Monday through Friday during business hours only.

Creative Arts

Creative Arts Program

This is a patient related position. Volunteers share the positive benefits of art and round to patient units, spending time with patients at bedside, and provide art/craft materials and activity kits for patient use. 

Music Bedside

Music at Bedside

Volunteer musicians play guitar, piano, harp, flute, or cello at the bedside for patients and those waiting in our surgical lounges.
Ilse Special Services Santa Monica Volunteer

Special Services

Volunteers assemble and deliver special birthday boxes and boxes of cheer for our patients.  Volunteer hairstylists (licensed California cosmetologists only) cut patient's hair upon request via patient nurse.  

Bonita Selk Palliative Care Santa Monica

Palliative Care

Volunteers visit palliative care patients throughout the hospital, some at the end-of-life.