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Volunteer Opportunities for Pre-Health Students

Ability First                                                                                                          
(close to Claremont Colleges)
480 S. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4727

This organization has services for children and adults ages 3 to 22. The main volunteering opportunities take place during their after-school program which meets from 2-6 pm M-F, where children and young adults (8-22) participate in a variety of activities. Additionally, one can volunteer in the various weekend recreation and leisure activities that take place Friday nights and Saturdays twice a month. Their website has a list of the programs and volunteer application.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation 
6255 W, Sunset Blvd. 21st Fl.
Los Angeles, CA,  90028
(323) 860-5200 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, established in 1987, is the nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care. The Foundation has grown from a small group of friends dedicated to the creation of dignified care for people in the last stage of AIDS to a multi-million dollar agency providing excellence in care for people living at all stages of HIV infection and disease around the world.

Volunteers will have a chance to work closely with professional HIV/AIDS advocates, earn school credit (if applicable), attend special events, and gain work experience in the HIV/AIDS field. We also provide opportunities for our volunteers to attend trainings to become certified HIV Testing Counselors, helping us reach our testing goals and spread the word on the importance of knowing one’s HIV status.

AIDS Project Los Angeles
1313 N. Vine Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(213) 201-1379                                                                                                                      

APLA provides comprehensive support services without charge to people with AIDS and other HIV illnesses. These services include the largest food distribution center in the country for people with AIDS, a dental clinic, the buddy program, medical referrals, professional mental health counseling, and much more. For more information refer to their website.

American Cancer Society
915 N. Grand Ave.
Covina, CA 91723
Contact: Julie Hernandez – Julie.Hernandez@cancer.org
(626) 966-9994 Option 3 

The Society is engaged in patient services, research, education, and fund raising. Volunteer opportunities are available with flexible hours and projects may be open-ended or time-specific. Typically, volunteers work on driving patients to and from cancer treatments/doctor appointments, resource information guidance (RIG) at the ACS office, public education on health issues like tobacco and nutrition (e.g. the Great American Smokeout), assistance with the Feel Better Program, or fund raising for special events like Daffodil Days or Relay for Life.

BHS-American Recovery Center
2180 West Valley Boulevard
Pomona, CA 91768
Contact: Cheryl Ward
(909) 865-2336

American Hospital is a 156 bed Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital (CDRH). The Hospital offers a 6-month residential detoxification program and aftercare treatment modalities. Patients are from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Interns work as co-facilitators for individual and group sessions. Interns can earn class credit or can volunteer. Interested students should make an appointment to meet with Cheryl Ward if interested.

American Red Cross                                                                                                 
(close to Claremont Colleges)
2065 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
Contact: Jami Hoffman – jamih@claremontredcross.org 
(909) 624-0074          

The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that brings together volunteers and staff to help people prevent, prepare for, and cope with emergencies. Chapters provide special services to the community such as safety classes, blood donation drives, youth service programs, and various volunteer services. Internships may be arranged with the local Claremont chapter or the national Washington D.C. chapter. Local volunteers are needed to help with Health Center patients at Pilgrim Place and Claremont Manor; to help with local bloodmobiles, office work, First Aid Stations, Health Fairs and more. Once a year they assist Pomona Valley Hospital and the LA County Health Department with a health fair where blood work and vaccinations are done. Other programs include Community Flu Clinic, First Aid Teams, Claremont Halloween, the Home Alone program, Baby-Sitting Class, and the Disaster Team and Office/Grounds help at the Chapter House. They are currently in need of students with a medical background to work at the first aid stations.

American Red Cross- Southern California 
Whether you are interested in working at a local blood drive or in an office setting, we have a volunteer opportunity available for you. We require that all volunteers successfully complete a background check and our free training session. Review the available positions below to find a position that suites you and join the mission of the American Red Cross today. Contact our Volunteer Office or call 1-800-498-9910

Care Extenders: Santa Monica Hospital                                                                     
1250 16th Street                                                         
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Contact: Silva Thomas
(310) 319-4614

The Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Care Extender Program was inaugurated in June of 1995 as seeks volunteers who are committed to a four hour shift once a week for a one year period. The Program allows for volunteers to experience health care from a clinical perspective through patient contact and volunteer involvement. Some of the volunteer staff positions available include: executive staff, leadership team, and special programs coordinators. Interested students must attend an orientation session, and a mandatory two-day training program. Recruitment occurs in January, April, July, and October.

CA Department of Health Volunteer Intern Professional (VIP)

The Immunization Branch of the California Department of Public Health provides leadership and support to public and private sector efforts to protect the population against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Volunteer Intern Professional (VIP) Program, based in the Immunization Branch* of the California Department of Public Health in Richmond, welcomes and accommodates volunteers, interns and professionals to work side by side with state staff on research projects, administrative tasks, and other duties. All VIPs must undergo privacy training and certification at CDPH to participate. Currently, all VIP positions are unpaid.

Celiac Disease Foundation
20350 Ventura Blvd Ste 240
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Phone: (818) 716-1513

CDF University Chapters throughout the country provide support to those diagnosed with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten-sensitivity and their friends. These Chapters play a vital role in on their college campuses and in their communities by generating awareness in food service and restaurants, fundraising on behalf of the Foundation, and serving as a social support group. If there is not a Chapter at your college, volunteer to join the CDF team. Together we can make a difference in the lives of people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Casa Colina Centers For Rehabilitation                                                           
(Close to Claremont Colleges)
255 E. Bonita Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
Contact: Erica Moran
(909) 596-7733 ext. 2157

Casa Colina provides comprehensive inpatient/outpatient acute medical rehabilitation, with emphasis on spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, brain injury, and pulmonary rehabilitation. They are in need of volunteers in the fall. Volunteer orientation takes place every month.

Cedars-Sinai Hospital                                                                                          
8700 Beverly Blvd. Room 2410                                                                             
Los Angeles, CA 90048   
(310) 423-8044                                                                                                      

A college-level volunteer program, Independent Student Volunteers, where students are exposed to either clinical areas or research in order to help determine a career path. In order to be considered for the program one must submit: A health clearance from Employee Health Services, a recent Tuberculosis skin test, and documentation of one’s immunization history. More information and the application are available online.

CHAP Medical and Dental Health Center 
Community Health Alliance of Pasadena 
1855 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103
Contact: Kelli Bachmann
(626) 993-1221

CHAP is a primary care clinic offering medical and dental services to children and adults in the foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley and the greater Los Angeles county. Provides a great opportunity for hands-on volunteering for pre-med or pre-dental students, particularly in helping out in outreaching to the community through teaching health education courses and learning medical Spanish. For more information refer to the website, or call Kelli Bachmann at the number provided.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 361-2371

A private, non-profit teaching hospital that has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California for more than 70 years. The physicians, nurses and other caregivers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, along with those who support them, are committed to helping children lead healthier, happier lives. They are dedicated to finding the best means to diagnose, treat and cure pediatric disease and to promote child health tomorrow. For more information about specific programs and application materials refer to their website.

Children’s Hospital Orange County                                                          
444  S. Main St. 
Orange, CA 92868                                                         
(714) 532-8673

CHOC currently has a team of 650 volunteers who give more than 5,000 hours a month and save the hospital over $1 million annually. Their program offers many unique opportunities, and they are always looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, energetic, qualified and committed individuals of all ages and backgrounds to join their team. Volunteers must donate a minimum of 100 hours of service annually and commit to a regularly scheduled work shift. Out of the 100 hours of service, 10 hours must be committed to clerical or special event support. For more information about specific programs and application materials refer to their website.

City of Claremont Senior Citizens Program                 

Do you care about people? Are you interested in helping create a sense of community in the City of Claremont? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? Why not become part of the Volunteer Team for the City of Claremont Senior Citizens Program. We provide a variety of services, programs, and activities for older adults in our community. Our program could not be run without dedicated volunteers. Look below for an opportunity to share your talents with others in the community!Phone Assurance Line Volunteers (PAL)

Call isolated senior citizens on a daily basis. You might be the only friendly voice they hear all day. Volunteer Hours: 9:00 am-10:00 am Monday through Friday.Health Care

Assist with providing blood pressure screenings, health exams, and flu shots.
Volunteer Hours: Noon-2:00 pm Mondays at the Joslyn Center and Noon-2:00 pm at the Blaisdell Community Center.

City of Hope Volunteer Services
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA  91010

The City of Hope is a research hospital, which develops new and innovative cancer treatments. Volunteers are required to work at least 4 hours per week, and should be committed to the position for no less than 6 months. Volunteers are required to purchase a uniform that consists of a shirt totaling $18. Volunteers are not allowed to work weekend or evening hours until their four-week probation period is past (the first four weeks of volunteering). They place students on wings with patients, x-ray, radiation oncology, donor room, gift shop, graphics, immunology, health education, nursing education, medical records, and in central supply. They also require new volunteers to attend an orientation to learn about the disaster plan, air-born contaminants, and specific volunteer positions that are available.

Year Long Volunteer Opportunity (Applications come out March of each year) Student Resource Advocate:
Applications are available each March, students commit to a full academic year, one shift per week. Carpooling is coordinated during Orientation at City of Hope. Resource Advocates are liaisons for patients who need additional community resources. This opportunity is for KSD undergraduate students only.

Clinica Msr. Oscar A. Romero Community Health Center
(213) 201-2747

These centers cater to all income levels, but especially low-income, uninsured and underserved members of the diverse greater Los Angeles community.

  • 123 S. Alvarado Street   (213) 989-7701
    Los Angeles, CA 90057
    Clinica Romero Pico-Union is a primary care facility that offers comprehensive health and dental care, health education and mental health services.
  • 2032 Marengo Street  (323)987-1030
    Los Angeles, CA 90033
    Clinica Romero Northeast, besides offering primary health and dental care, also provides substance abuse counseling and Prop. 36 services.
  • 318 S. Alvarado Street   (213)201-1777
    Los Angeles, CA 90057  
    Clinica Romero’s Community Center provides HIV & STD testing as well as community organizing services.

COPE Health Solutions: Health Scholar

Download the Application online: https://copehealthscholars.org/prospective-applicants/clinical-care-extender-prepstep-health-care-scholar
Volunteers will get a certificate in “Patient Experience and Pre-Licensed Clinical Care” from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Volunteers commit to a three day training prior to being tested and then placed on a floor to volunteer.

Send your completed Application and 1-page resume to your desired Internship
site via email. Please note that you are only allowed to apply to ONE site per cycle.
Internship Locations:
1. St. John’s Regional Medical Center – Oxnard, Camarillo
2. Glendale Adventist Medical Center – Glendale
3. St. Francis Medical Center – Los Angeles
4. St. Mary Medical Center – Long Beach
5. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian – Newport Beach, Irvine
6. Citrus Valley Health Partners – West Covina, Covina, Glendora
7. Riverside Community Hospital – Riverside

CoachArt: Los Angeles and San Francisco 

CoachArt is a non-profit organization offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to patients with chronic illnesses and their siblings, ages 6 – 18. We partner with talented volunteers and art and athletic programs to offer lessons in music, art, yoga, photography, dance, soccer — and more! CoachArt will find an experienced volunteer or a center offering lessons near you for approximately 12 weekly lessons. Students can continue their CoachArt sessions until they graduate from the program at age 18. We provide all necessary equipment for lessons — students don’t need to buy anything! CoachArt also provides many exciting opportunities to attend activities in the community including dance and theater performances, sports events and more.

Community Extended Care 
(close to Claremont Colleges)
9620 Fremont Ave.
Montclair, CA 91763
Contact: Arlene Huerta, Activities Director
(909) 621-4751

This is a convalescent hospital that deals with the ill and elderly. Volunteers are always needed to assist in conducting activities and for companionship and reading to patients.

Country Villa Claremont Healthcare Center   
(close to Claremont Colleges)                                                                                    
590 S. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624-4511
Contact: Andrea McKimmin, Activity Director

Volunteers needed to visit with residents, help with activities, assist with outings and special events, room visits, or to share any special talents. Residents are usually between 40 and 90 and can require different levels of healthcare. Volunteers who are interested should stop by the center and fill out an application. A TB test is required of all volunteers

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David and Margaret Group Home 
(close to Claremont Colleges)                                                                     
1350 Third Street
LaVerne CA 91750
Contact: Desiree Lewis
(909) 596-5921 x3608                                                                               

Female volunteers need to be positive, responsible, and caring role models that can open girls’ lives and spend one-on-one time with a troubled teenage girl. A one-year commitment is required. Drivers are also needed (only those with clean DMV records) for a few hours a week to transport our foster children to and from their foster homes and campus, pick-up and deliver donated items, and transport residents to and from community outings and appointments. The vehicle, gas, and insurance are provided. Finally, volunteers with creative skills are needed to teach crafts and sewing to a small group of girls.

DaVita Healthcare Partners
There are many ways you can volunteer your time and talents to help this group of people who have chronic kidney disease. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and locations, use the links provided below:
locations close to The Claremont Colleges, call directly to inquire about volunteering: https://www.davita.com/find-a-dialysis-center/zip/91711/15/ic/0/icn/0/home/0/pd/0

Department of Veterans Affairs: Jerry L. Pettis Medical Center      
Jerry L. Pettis Medical Center
11201 Benton St.
Loma Linda, CA 92357
Contact: Gaylene Porter
(909) 825-7084

Volunteers assist in a variety of health care needs throughout the medical center. The medical center provides training and other support services for their volunteers. Volunteers are often needed during the holiday season.

Divine Mercy Hospice
5589 Brooks Street, Unit B
Montclair, CA 91763

Hospice volunteers are remarkable people who give themselves and their time in a variety of ways. Overall, they provide comfort and support to the terminally ill and their loved ones. Specifically, they lend a helping hand by running an errand or making a meal. They brighten a day by telling a story or sending a card. They ease worries by sitting with a loved one while the caregiver takes a much-needed rest. Some volunteers may also provide clerical support by typing, filing and copying and sending cards and thank you notes. No task is too big or too small, but the most important thing is just being there. There are various volunteer positions which fits a wide array of personality types.

Foothill AIDS Project
(Close to Claremont Colleges)
233 W. Harrison Ave. 
Claremont, CA 91711
Contact: Camila Cristiani, Volunteer Coordinator
(909) 482-2066 x302

Foothill AIDS Project is a community-based organization providing case management and residential care for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Their service area includes East San Gabriel Valley, Riverside, San Bernardino and L.A. counties. Through five grant-funded staff members and volunteers, FAP provides education and emotional/physical support to clients and their affected communities. Volunteers are needed for the reception area, to assist in client intake and evaluation of service needs, to assist in writing and production of a newsletter, and patient transport to doctor visits. They also have a clinic associated with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. 

Foothill Family Shelter
(close to Claremont Colleges)
Contact: Lindsee Ellison
(909) 920-5568

Foothill Family Shelter is a nonprofit organization founded in 1984 which houses homeless families with children for a period of up to 120 days, free of rent and utility charges. We also provide one-year transitional housing as well as permanent housing. We need volunteers for our Reading Room!  The Reading Room implements an incentives based literacy program to help our children. (K-12) practice and improve basic literacy skills using age-appropriate activities, rewards for personal reading goals, and parent participation opportunities. 
If you are 18 or older and would like volunteer some time, we have applications available. We are especially looking for men to work with the male students & mentor them as well. We also would welcome any retired teachers. The hours of operation are from 2:30 p – 6p Monday thru Friday. If you can only come a few hours a week, that’s okay. Every little bit helps. We are looking for women to mentor our group of parents and parents-to-be for our Big Steps for Little Feet and Harold Cares programs. The classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for 10 weeks. Volunteer applicants must be able to commit to attending the classes with one of our clients once a week and maintain a relationship after the baby is born. Our next session begins in January.
Employment Program – we need mentors to implement a four-week employment program one night per week. The curriculum will include resume building, internet job search/applications, phone skills and taped mock interview exercises. Once our clients have completed the first classes and have a job interview scheduled, we would like the mentors to sponsor a client with the image-building portion of the training, including taking the client out and purchasing an interview ensemble and getting their hair & make-up done. 

Hands On Inland Empire: Volunteer Opportunity search engine: https://www.handsoninlandempire.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Search_Page

Heartland Hospice Services
1000 Lakes Drive, Suite 225
West Covina, CA 91790
(626) 918-1207

Heartland Hospice is dedicated to providing patients with care wherever they consider home. Whether care is desired in the home a patient has lived in for years, a skilled nursing center or an assisted living facility, we tailor our caregiving to fit the patient’s and family’s unique needs.

House of Ruth                                                                                         
P.O. Box 459                                                                                                  
Claremont, CA 91711
(Montclair location is close to Claremont Colleges)

Los Angeles County Outreach Office – (909) 623-4364      
Pomona, California
San Bernardino County Outreach Office – (909) 621-3777
Montclair, California    
Contact: Natalie Rojano-Jenkins – nrojanojenkins@houseofruth.org 

House of Ruth’s mission is to advocate for and assist women victimized by domestic violence and children exposed to violence in transforming their lives by providing culturally competent shelter, programs, opportunities and education; and to contribute to social change through intervention, education, prevention programs and community awareness. Volunteers perform a wide variety of services to support our clients, such as answering our 24-hour hotline; assisting clients in our
Temporary Restraining Clinic; helping in the Shelter’s children’s program; providing childcare or supervising children on outings; providing transportation for Shelter clients; and making community education presentations and advocating for domestic violence victims within the greater community at public events. They welcome volunteers to participate who must participate in a 40 hour comprehensive training that is offered three times a year (typically beginning in March, July and September).

Huntington Hospital: Affiliate of Southern California Healthcare Systems
100 W. California Blvd. P.O. Box 7013
Pasadena, CA 91109-7013 
(626) 397-5208

Huntington Hospital has a college student volunteer program to provide students with an opportunity to experience working in a hospital environment, and to provide needed services and assistance to the hospital patients, employees and visitors. Their volunteer program is observation only; however, residents are generally open to answering questions. The hours of the program are from 8am to 11am every week. The program comes highly recommended by previous students and has a more reasonable volunteer hour expectation. The hospital also has the Preceptor Program which is a three month, upper-division pre-med program in which students come in one morning a week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) and spend one hour listening to cases and another 1-2 hours going on rounds with a medical resident, an intern, and medical students. For more information about their programs, orientation dates, and requirements check their website. Applications can be requested over the phone, or by downloading it from their website and then bring it to an information meeting. A TB test is required.

Inland Hospice Association
(Close to Claremont Colleges)
233 W. Harrison
Claremont, CA 91711 
Contact: Kathy Kane – Palliative Care, kkane@inlandhospice.org    
Karen Makler – Simple Gifts
(909) 399-3289                         

The hospice association assists patients and families who have a terminal diagnosis and a life expectancy of less than 6 months. Volunteers must attend an orientation program that takes place three-four nights a week for three weeks. They conduct three trainings a year, one typically in September. Volunteers serve as companions and caregivers to patients. You may need to administer medications on a case by case basis. Serve as an active listener and emotional support for both patient and family members, and serve to provide respite care for family members. Volunteers are expected to commit to a year and there are two avenues that are available:
Palliative Care – Volunteers are assigned to a family that usually has a chronically ill family member or someone who is coming off a long term illness.
Simple Gifts – Volunteers are paired with a frail or elderly person in the community.

Inland Valley Hope Partners
Alicia Castro: vcoordinator@inlandvalleyhopepartners.org  
(909) 622-3806 x223

Complete the orientation during the summer and explore possibilities of continuing in the fall depending on your availability and location.

John Wesley County Hospital Institute
1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 650
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-1186

A private non-profit health agency that was established as the Attending Staff Association of the John Wesley County Hospital in 1960 by concerned L.A. County physicians. These staff physicians sought to establish an agency that could obtain additional funds to support and augment patient care, education, and research at the John Wesley facility. When the hospital was demolished in 1979, the agency continued its efforts to assist LA County patients, but the name was no longer relevant and was subsequently changed to JWCH Institute Inc. Volunteer opportunities are below:

Skid Row Medical Outreach Team
Contact: Carol Espinoza                                                                                           (213) 484-1186

The Skid Row Medical Outreach Team seeks out disenfranchised homeless individuals in the Los Angeles downtown area of Central City East commonly known as skid row. This program is one of our many collaborative efforts with Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA). Outreach workers walk the streets, alleys and under freeways engaging individuals in conversation, while offering referrals. Community health workers conduct health assessment and referrals at sites throughout the area.

Covenant House
1325 North Western Avenue                                                                                         323-461-3131
Hollywood, California 90027

The lifestyle of street kids places them at particular risk for health problems and injuryConvenant House provides both residential and non-residential homeless youth comprehensive emergency and primary care medical exams, psychological, and psychiatric services and referrals to specialty care such as optometry and dentistry. Youth are provided important information on nutrition, STD/HIV prevention and other issues related to maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center                                                                        (909) 427-7150
Volunteer Services
9961 Sierra Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Interested students must be over nineteen years of age to be eligible to volunteer. Volunteers have a variety of duties, including service ambassador, clerical work, and handing out information to hospital visitors.

Kaiser, San Bernardino
Donna Urena, Director, Volunteer Services, 909-427-7273
The mission of the Volunteer Services Department is to provide quality support services to our members, visitors, and staff in the Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County service area and to our local communities.
Our volunteers include men and women 14 years of age and older, and represent the culturally diverse community which forms our customer service area. Many volunteers are Kaiser Permanente members, and all share a strong desire to help and a willingness to serve where they are most needed.

Los Angeles County                                                                                                  (323) 409-6945
University of Southern California Medical Center
Inpatient Tower
Volunteer Office, 1st Floor, Room 1K-311
1200 North State Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033                                

A volunteer program specifically designed for pre-med college students. A student must meet the following requirements: Be in good standing, must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or post-bac., and have grades which indicate they are a serious contender for medical school. LAC+USC Medical Center program has volunteers rotate through Emergency Medicine, Obgyn/Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. The program requires an application, recommendation, and completion of an orientation class, and mandatory information sessions. 

Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
11234 Anderson St., 1191
Loma Linda, CA 92354
(909) 558-4654

A university-based medical center with over 70 different work areas for volunteers. An application and orientation are required. A 6-month 100-hour commitment is required. Loma Linda also have a hospice interested students can volunteer at (LLUMUCH).

LLUMCH provides supportive professional care for terminally ill patients and their families in their own homes. The program includes visits by specially trained nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers who provide pain and symptom management and assist families in the development of coping skills.

The Los Angeles (Saban) Free Clinic
Beverly Clinic  
8405 Beverly Blvd. 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-8622

There are volunteer opportunities for everyone: medical, dental, and counseling. Students, retired people, working people, younger people, people who speak a variety of languages, people with special skills and talents, and people from a wide range of socioeconomic and economic backgrounds not only serve as volunteers but are patients at the clinic as well. At the Lost Angeles Free Clinic everyone is treated with respect and without judgment as the clinic believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege—and so is dignity.

Mending Kids International
(818) 843-6363
2307 W Olive Ave. Suite B, Burbank, CA 91506
Mending Kids provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide. Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformational surgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier and happier lives. Most of the surgeries we perform are to correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities.

Montclair Hospital Medical Center
San Bernardino Street, Montclair
To learn more, download an application:

Mt. San Antonio Gardens
900 E. Harrison Ave.
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 624-5061

Mt. San Antonio Gardens promotes the independence and participation of older adults by providing comprehensive and secure life care services, housing, meals and health care to 450 residents on a 29-acre garden site. The responsibilities of intern include various tasks concerned with the overall administration of Mt. San Antonio Gardens. The position works in the main administrative office and works closely with the Interim CEO, Chief Financial Officer, VP of Marketing, and Director of HR.

Pilgrim Place                                                                    
(close to Claremont Colleges)
660 Avery Road
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 399-5542                                                                                                                 

Pilgrim Place provides productive, secure, and stimulating retirement living in an independent community setting for Christian leaders who have served at least fifteen years as missionaries, ministers, teachers of religion, and other religious professionals who wish to continue “their pilgrimage” of Christian faith and service to others. It is also one of the nation’s only ecumenical retirement communities for church professionals. Volunteer opportunities offered at Pilgrim Place include governance, social services, indoor/outdoor activities with residents, and a health services center.

Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles
1316 3rd Street Promenade Suite B-5
Santa Monica, CA 90401-1328
(310) 395-0098

Planned Parenthood is a private, non-profit agency providing health clinics for maternal, child, and reproductive healthcare. Nine clinics are operated in the L.A. area, with the central office just east of downtown of Los Angeles. There is also an office in Pomona. Interns are needed to assist in Adolescent Self-Esteem and Pregnancy Prevention programs in the L.A. and Pomona school districts. Volunteers are also needed to do office work, assist with middle school and high school health education, and Health Fair Outreach. Volunteers are required to make a one-year commitment to the program. Communication, multi-cultural/bilingual skills are preferred, but not necessary. All Volunteers are recruited through the Santa Monica Office. Applications are also available online.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center                                                               
1798 North Garey Avenue                                          
Pomona, CA 91707
(909) 865-9669

Pomona Valley Hospital has an extensive volunteer program. Student needs to call and have an application sent to them, or they can apply on their website. Each prospective volunteer attends an orientation session and then is placed in a certain area based on their interests and where Volunteer Services thinks they can best serve the hospital. Certain positions are highly competitive. All Volunteers are required to wear white pants, a white shirt, and to purchase a volunteer shirt for $15-$22. In the past, students have volunteered in emergency, labor and delivery, outpatient clinics, surgical supply, and other areas. Volunteer spaces are limited.

Project Angel Food 
922 Vine Street                                                                                                     
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 845-1816

Project Angel Food’s mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait. Volunteers, who help in the kitchen and make the deliveries, are a crucial component of our program. While the immediate need we fulfill is the prevention of hunger, these caring individuals also deliver compassion and help reduce the terrible isolation that many people living with serious illnesses often experience.

Project Sister Family Services                                                                                   
P.O. Box 1369                                                                                                              
Pomona, CA

Project Sister Family Services (PSFS) is the foremost agency dedicated to providing services to the women, children, and men survivors of sexual assault and abuse and their families in the East San Gabriel and Inland Valleys in Southern California, a region with a population of over 2.3 million persons. Project Sister Family Services works with local law enforcement, district attorneys, courts, hospital and health care providers, schools, churches and other community groups and agencies. Advocates are required to complete a state certification training course.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
501 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505

Recognized as an integral part of the Providence Health & Services staff, our volunteers provide encouragement, comfort and strength to our patients and visitors. Whether working in the gift shop, delivering food to our patients, or lending a hand in one of our community outreach programs, helping others in their healing process can be a very satisfying and inspiring experience. Our Providence volunteers often make new friends and learn new skills along the way. Offer your time and talents and reap the rewards of being needed and appreciated.

QualCare Hospice                                                                                                      
4959 Palo Verde St. Ste 106C
Montclair, CA 91763 

QualCare Hospice needs compassionate volunteers to make valuable contributions to the lives of the patients and the families we serve. Whether providing companionship to a patient, providing support for the patient’s family, or providing aid in our office, all aspects of volunteering are vital.

Queen of the Valley Hospital                                                                                    
Volunteer Services 
1115 S. Sunset Avenue
West Covina, CA
Contact:  Margaret Pole

Queen of the Valley treats the largest number of patients second to County U.S.C. Medical Center. In order to volunteer call the volunteer office to have an application sent to you. You must have a TB shot, and the hospital can provide this for you. Various areas are available including, reading to children undergoing radiation therapy (radiatrics), Emergency Room, etc.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic                                                                (909) 949-4316
(Close to Claremont Colleges)
1844 West 11th St. Suite C
Upland, CA 91786                                                    

Provide recordings of books and textbooks for all ages. Volunteers are needed to direct readers and if they wish to audition to become readers. Training with the equipment is provided. Interested students should attend an information session, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 pm.

San Antonio Community Hospital
999 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786

Established in 1924, our volunteer program is an important part of the hospital’s heritage. Volunteers work in a variety of ways to achieve their mission, which is “to render service to the hospital and its patients, and assist the hospital in promoting the health and welfare of the community.”
Currently, 300 active volunteers working in 18 areas of the hospital have donated more than 500,000 hours of their time. Our volunteers have raised nearly $2.5 million for the hospital.

South Bay Family Healthcare Center
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Contact: Brooke McIntyre-Tuley – dbmcintyre@sbclinic.org
(310) 802-6177 x1123

South Bay Family Healthcare Center is a non-profit, federally qualified heath center that was founded in 1960 and provides high quality free and low-cost primary health care and preventative services to underserved individuals and families. Some of their current volunteer needs include medical assistants, outreach, clerical, special projects and events, and health fairs. Volunteers must be able to commit at least four hours a week.

Tri City Mental Health Center
2008 N. Garey Ave., Suite 2A
Pomona, CA 91767-2762
(909) 623-6131

Tri City Mental Health is a community mental health center providing crisis intervention, day treatment and outpatient mental health services (Spanish and Asian Pacific programs). Clients are all ages and generally have severe disorders. They have several facilities or branches with different opportunities. They are very flexible with several groups of clients that our students could work with, including major depression, drug addiction, schizophrenia, and manic. Volunteers/interns are also needed as aides in socialization, training program, and as receptionists, typists, and graphic artists. The Health Center requires ten hours a week flexible commitment.

UCLA Medical Center
(310) 825-6001                                                                             

The UCLA Medical Center has a hospital in Westwood and one in Santa Monica. They have student volunteer and student intern programs. For more information, please visit their website. Their next orientation is in September which is mandatory before volunteering.

LAC + USC Medical Center  

If you are looking for professional experience or the opportunity to give back to your community, become a USC hospital volunteer. Many of our volunteers commit about 4 hours per week, and our office staff is happy to work within your schedule. Prospective volunteers are asked to complete a written application, as well as participate in a placement interview, orientation and health screening.

Venice Family Clinic                                                                                              
604 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291                                  
Contact: Ingrid Trejo – itrejo@mednet.ucla.edu
(310) 664-7532                              

The Volunteer Services department offers a variety of opportunities to get involved in nearly every aspect of the clinic’s operations. We match the interest and experience of our volunteers with the Clinic’s needs and priorities in administration, fundraising, medical, and social services.

Visiting Nurse Association of Pomona/San Bernardino 
(Close to Claremont Colleges) 
150 West First Street. St. 270
Claremont, CA 91711-4750
Contact: Janice Brown
(909) 447-7375

VNA provides health care at home for the ill and disabled persons. Services include those of registered nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; medical social workers; dietitians and home health aides. Medicare/Medi-Cal certified hospice serves terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers for the hospice work as field visitors, offering relief and assistance to those using the Association’s services. Training is required, and sessions are usually offered twice a year. However, it is possible to set up a one-on-one intensive training session for those who are interested. There is also no minimum amount of hours that are required.

Vitas Health Care, Hospice Care 
1343 North Grand Avenue
Covina, CA 91724
Contact: Amy Shahbaz
(626) 974-2073

Provides medical, emotional and spiritual support to the terminally ill and their families, welcomes assistance. The program seeks volunteers who can devote two or more hours per week to visiting patients, providing respite relief to caregivers and running occasional errands for patients and families. Training is provided in hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, and grief education. They serve over 150 patients out of their homes, and approximately 50 patients in convalescent homes. May also assist with the Bereavement Group.

Western University Of Health Sciences

When contacting representatives, be sure to indicate your availability…
Patient Care Center: Eye Care Center
Pre-optometry students can contact Janine S. Bissic at jbissic@westernu.edu  
 Patient Care Center: Foot and Ankle Center
Shadow a Podiatrist in the Foot & Ankle Center: contact Katrina Antone at kantone@westernu.edu
Osteopathic Medicine: Shadowing a Physician
Shadow an Osteopathic Physician by contacting Carlos Mendez at cmendez@western.edu

White Memorial Hospital, Adventist Health                                                                                    
1720 Cesar E Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033                                                                    

Volunteer opportunities include Greet patients and visitors, Provide information and directions, Transport patients (CPR training is a pre-requisite for this activity), Assist with clerical work in business offices, medical offices, nursing units, food service offices and registration, Provide sales and stocking assistance in the gift shop, Pick up and transport lab specimens for prompt analysis, Provide customer service for patients, allowing hospital staff to focus on efficient medical care, Work behind the scenes in food service by stocking shelves and surveying patients, Visit with patients and offer them water, magazines and other amenities, File and pull x-rays; copy and send reports, Work with children on the Pediatrics Unit or in the Rainbow Children’s Center. Must be willing to commit 100 volunteer hours for the year.

Young & Healthy                                                                                                     
37 N. Holliston Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 795-5166

Provides free access to quality health care for uninsured and underserved children from low income families in the greater Pasadena area through community and professional health care volunteers. Also provides free medical, dental, psychological and case-management services to low-income, uninsured children in the Pasadena schools, day-care centers, and homeless centers in the greater Pasadena community. For more information, visit their website listed above. Has great short-term opportunities such as helping at a mobile clinic on some weekends or teaching dental care to first graders once a month.

Check with your campus student organizations about additional volunteer opportunities!