Volunteer in Our Hospital

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Each year more than 500 compassionate individuals from our community volunteer more than 90,000 hours in 55 different areas of the hospital.

Many of our volunteers work directly with patients:

  • Assisting in hospital playrooms (and sometimes at the bedside)
  • Playing board games 
  • Reading to children (requires 10 hours of individual training)

Our volunteers are not able to shadow nurses, doctors and clinicians, take vital signs or observe procedures. Volunteers are not compensated or provided with special consideration for future employment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.


At Your Service

Our Greatest Need

Currently, we are only accepting applications for volunteers who are able to work during the daytime hours of Monday through Friday.

As part of your training, all volunteers are asked to serve as patient and family escorts, one 3-4 hour shift a week for a period of eight weeks. There are several reasons for this, all explained at orientation. After that time you may request the area within the hospital that you would like to volunteer.

As part of your role as an escort you’ll be able to interact with children and families while you walk with them to their appointments. This is a great opportunity to learn about what makes our hospital and staff so special, and explore other areas of interest for future volunteering.

Steps to Become a Volunteer

Please be advised that while we are currently accepting applications, it can take two to three months to complete the application process before you may actually begin volunteering. Positions on the waiting list are assigned as applications are accepted, and seats in New Volunteer Orientation are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We encourage you to think ahead and apply early.

Opportunities for Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities fall into two main categories:

Direct Patient Contact

Opportunities with patients include assisting in:

  • Select patient care units
  • Outpatient services
  • Child Life Playrooms 
    (including Emergency Department)
  • Play Carts

Little or No Patient Contact

Volunteers with little or no patient contact help in our:

  • Business offices
  • Gift Shop
  • Volunteer Resources office
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Guest Services escorts

There are also a small number of administrative volunteers who work at the Guest Services desk and in various clinics and offices within the hospital. As part of our efforts to promote literacy, we also have volunteers who read aloud to patients and families in the waiting room of our General Pediatrics Clinic. 

Find out more about our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Commitment

Volunteering at our hospital requires a significant commitment from our staff to provide free training, testing, and processing.  As a result, we require a significant commitment from our volunteers. Find out more about the process of becoming a volunteer in our volunteer requirements section of the site. 

In addition, there are special programs hosted by other nonprofit agencies who deliver services at our hospital to our patients. To become involved with these programs, please contact them directly.

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Volunteer Services:

Email us or call us: