Volunteering in Our Hospital

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Each year more than 500 compassionate individuals from our community volunteer more than 90,000 hours in 100+ different areas of the hospital.
Our volunteers provide special services to our patients and families that contribute daily to our mission to create hope and build healthier futures. 
Many of our volunteers work directly with patients through a variety of opportunities such as:
•    Escorting patients to hospital appointments
•    Playing with patients in waiting rooms
•    Assisting in hospital playrooms and sometimes at the bedside (will require additional training)
•    Reading to children (will require additional training)

  • How to Become a Volunteer

For adult volunteer prospects (18 years of age and over), volunteer applications are available three times a year with a corresponding orientation session to follow.

For junior volunteer prospects (15 to 17 years of age), the volunteer application is available one time a year with a corresponding orientation session to follow. Junior applicants must be 15 by June 15, 2017 to be eligible.

Adult volunteer application periods and orientation dates are as follows:

ADULT APPLICATION PERIOD ORIENTATION TO FOLLOW
March 15 - April 30 May
July 1 - July 31 September
September February 2018
 
 
 
Junior Volunteer Program application period is as follows:
 
JUNIOR APPLICATION PERIOD ORIENTATION TO FOLLOW
March 20 - April 28 June

Visit our Junior Volunteer Program for more information.

  • Before You May Volunteer

The Volunteer Services Department will work with you to schedule completion of:

  • A three-and-half hour general orientation, usually held on weeknights
  • A personal interview with the volunteer coordinator
  • Completion and adherence to hospital safety and policies and procedures
  • Health clearance through our Employee Health Services Department. Junior Program applicants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at the health clearance appointment.
  • Purchase of a volunteer uniform

You can start by taking the Volunteer Assessment Form.

Personal Interview and Competency Test Completion

Applicants must be willing to conduct a personal interview with Volunteer Resources staff as well as complete all necessary hospital competency tests. Junior Program applicants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the personal interview. Competency tests address the following:

  • Working/interacting with hospitalized patients
  • Adherence to Confidentiality Policy
  • Fire safety

Health Clearance Examination

A health clearance is necessary before you begin working with patients. It includes:

  • Written documentation of a minimum of two vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) received as a child in individuals born after 1957, or one MMR given after the age of 17
  • Verbal knowledge of having had chicken pox
  • A two-step TB skin test screening for tuberculosis. This may mean up to four visits to the Employee Health Services Department, or, in skin test-positive individuals, a written report of chest x-ray results taken within the previous year
  • Drug and alcohol screening

Volunteer Uniform

You will be required to adhere to specific policies regarding volunteer work attire. You will also need to purchase and wear a uniform at a personal cost of $15.

  • Volunteer Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • 18 years of age to work directly with patients
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Able to communicate well in English and receive all instructions in English
  • Willing to volunteer a 16 week assignment including patient/family escort and mobile play carts
  • For those ages 15 to 17, please visit our Junior Volunteer Program.

Volunteer Commitment

Comprehensive testing, training, and orientations are provided for each volunteer at our hospital. We ask that each volunteer commit to completing 100 hours of service in no less than six months of consecutive service.

  • Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering outside of our hospital is also an important way to help our patients. You can start your own fundraising effort to involve your friends, family and community: