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Volunteer and Community Service

Volunteer service at a clinical or hospital setting is essential to understanding the Health professions.  It provides an opportunity to hone in on interpersonal, communication, listening, comprehension and humanistic skills in a Health service environment.  Most importantly, volunteer service prompts individuals to learn the culture and language of the Heath professions so that may come to understand if they truly want to pursue a Health professions career.

Quality, not quantity

There is no set amount of volunteer experiences a Pre-Health student must have.  It is important that the experience(s) provide ample opportunities for patient-volunteer interaction, communication and coordination with Health professionals, direct hands-on work, and room for growth over an extended period of time.  As a result, students have a better understanding of the Health professions and Health professional schools are able to assess a student’s Pre-Health experience accordingly.

Types of volunteer experiences

Volunteer experience does not solely have to be clinical in nature.  There is a multitude of community service opportunities that enhance a person’s understanding of service, exposure to diverse cultures and people, and provide for personal growth, understanding, and the development of skills essential to the Health professions.  This may include work as a tutor in an after school tutoring program, serving as a peer mentor, service at a hospice center, or participation in charitable events.  The opportunities are limitless.

The following is a listing of Volunteer and Community service opportunities.

USC University Hospital

Volunteers are asked to commit at least 75 hours per year, which comes to as little as 2 hours per week. Many of our volunteers commit about 4 hours per week, and our office staff is happy to work within your schedule.

LAC-USC Medical Center

Volunteering at LAC+USC Healthcare Network provides an important service tool for citizens to take a more active role in their surrounding communities. The positive exposure given to these individuals only serves to enhance the County's image as a catalyst for their personal development and career direction.

UCLA Medical Center

The perfect volunteer opportunity awaits you at our hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica. UCLA Health System volunteers are exceptional individuals who give back to their community. Over 1500 people volunteer monthly throughout 250 departments at UCLA Health System.

White Memorial Hospital

Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of our patients, visitors and staff members. It all starts with a desire to help others by donating your time and talent. As a volunteer, you'll work with our hospital staff to provide quality care to patients and assist in meeting the needs of our patients and their family and visitors.

Huntington Hospital

To maintain active status, volunteers must work a minimum of eight hours per month. Volunteers who are not currently enrolled in school are asked to commit to one year (100 hours) of service. Students commit to a six-month (40-hour for high school, 50-hour for college) involvement.


City of Hope

More than 500 people volunteer their time and talents at our medical center in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles. Students looking for meaningful ways to support their community, retired individuals seeking new challenges, and many others with a desire to help volunteer here each day. From assisting patients and staff to driving trams, positions are available that match individual interests and schedules.

California Hospital

For those who wish to gain experience or would like to be exposed to a certain department in a hospital; volunteers may be placed in the department of choice to assist staff.


Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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

Good Samaritan Hospital

We ask for a minimum commitment of six months, and at least 12 hours a week. Let us find a place for you here at Good Samaritan Hospital, where your time and talents will be appreciated and valued.

For further details, or to volunteer, please call the Director of Volunteers at (213) 977-2091.



Each day, our volunteers can be seen throughout the Medical Center campus touching the lives of both patients and professionals alike. They not only provide an added measure of personal care for patients, they also assume non-traditional volunteer roles by supplementing and complementing professional services.



Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center

Anybody age 15 years and older can become a volunteer. 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.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Harbor-UCLA has been caring for members of our community for over half a century. Our goal of providing patients with quality care has remained steadfast throughout the decades. The years have brought about numerous changes, including advancing technology, increased research, as well as social and economic challenges to our resources.

Orthopedic Hospital

Unique opportunities are available in a variety of departments including patient care, research labs, urgent care, physical and occupational therapy, outpatient clinics, thrift shop and more. Bilingual individuals who speak both English and Spanish are especially needed to volunteer.


Olive View Medical Center

Olive View - UCLA Medical Center, our program "home," is a county hospital located in the north end of the San Fernando Valley, about 30 minutes away from UCLA.

Physician Assistant Helper Program

To participate in the Physician Assistant Helper Program, students must have completed two years of college. Volunteers must submit two references and proof of a permanent residence. Volunteers must also commit to completing100 hours of service to the P.A. Helper Volunteer Program.

Contact information:
Margie Dolinski, Director, Patient and Volunteers Services
LAC+USC Medical Center
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-226-6951

The Los Angeles Free Clinic

The Saban Free Clinic works hard to provide a productive and rewarding experience for our volunteers. Currently, volunteer positions are open in the following departments: Development, Finance/Business Administration, Medical Records, Registration (Spanish or Korean-speaking preferred) Patient Reception (Spanish-speaking preferred)

Northeast Community Clinics

Our volunteers play an integral role at NECC whether they help greet patients at our clinics, participate at community fairs and fundraising events or work on special projects.

Volunteer hours are flexible, and can be built around your schedule. If you're interested in spending a few hours--or more--working with a great team of people on community health issue, get in touch with Jill Thomas Doyle via email or give her a call at (626) 457-6920.


LA DHS Directory of Clinics

Welcome to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS). Our mission is to improve health and we believe in compassionate and quality medical care. Whether you're a patient, family member, job seeker, or just exploring the public health system, this website will link you to helpful information.

COPE Health Solutions

Our organization is comprised of energetic and caring professionals who are dedicated to providing accessible, culturally sensitive and high quality health care services to our communities. Currently we are seeking qualified individuals with a strong work ethic for the positions listed below.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving millions of women, men, teens, and families in the United States and abroad.

Child Family Health International

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. We model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity.

Teach for America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.

Peace Corps

The type of work a Volunteer does is ultimately determined by the needs of a host country and the potential of a Volunteer to contribute to those needs and to the Peace Corps' mission. There are a wide variety of Volunteer positions to fill throughout the world.

JEP: Joint Educational Project

JEP is one of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the country, offering students at the University of Southern California the unique opportunity to combine academic coursework with experiences in the community surrounding the campus.

Volunteer Search Engines

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 72,000 nonprofit organizations. is a website that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities. Since its inception, has enabled millions of youth volunteers to connect with local nonprofits to make a difference in communities throughout America.