UCLA Health welcomes individuals of all ages to participate in its Young Philanthropist Program which supports patient needs and services through meaningful projects performed by the student.
Projects may include hosting art workshops for patient family members, conducting a collection drive, creating comfort packages, or assembling art kits you design for distribution to our patients. All projects must meet safety and infection control guidelines for the hospital, and be pre-approved by Volunteer Services. Students may also organize community fundraisers and donate proceeds to a specific cause within the hospital.
Please note, due to strict infection control guidelines, students cannot perform activities or workshops directly on the patient units. As an alternative, we suggest supporting one of our patient services, offering a family workshop or activity, or long-term volunteering (must be minimum age 16) www.uclahealth.org/volunteer
Upon completion of the project, students are recognized with a certificate and special pin to acknowledge their efforts and contributions.
Volunteer Services receives hundreds of requests for art kits, so collection drives help us out tremendously!
Design and assemble small patient tray favors with uplifting generic messages such as “Wishing You Comfort and Healing.” Favors and messages must be pre-approved due to sensitivities involved with various patients.
Volunteer Services provides cellophane packages 9 x 12 to use for art kits you design and assemble. Examples include a crossword puzzle book, pencil and pencil sharpener. Other kits may include a deck of cards, pencil and notebook to track scores. Patients also enjoy word search, brain teasers, etc. Students may propose ideas for an art kit. No glue, paints, glitter permitted, and all items must be non-toxic. Please note, these kits are for patients 18 years and older, as pediatric patients have more stringent requirements and are age specific. Volunteer Services supplies art kits for the adult patients only.
Patients and family members often are bored and would appreciate a magazine. Please note, if donating magazine kits (magazine and card with friendly message), all magazines but be new, current (within last month or two), and unused. Popular magazines include People, Sports Illustrated, Redbook, Vogue, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, and National Geographic. Consider designing a card to include in the package wishing a good day to the patient or family member. You will create many smiles!
Nursing and Caregiver staff work tirelessly for our patients, and their needs are often overlooked. Host a special tea, workshop or respite activity showing them how much we appreciate their role in caring for our patients.
Host a small workshop or craft table for waiting family members of patients. Provide supplies to conduct the workshop such as card-making, snowflakes, origami, tissue paper flowers, etc. Ideas welcome! Serve coffee/tea and packaged refreshments to family members.
For more information on the Young Philanthropist program, please call (310) 267-8185, or to submit an application, please click here. Completed applications may be submitted to email@example.com.