Our dynamic community of volunteers provide valuable assistance to the patient care experience at City of Hope's main medical center in Duarte, California, and in our fundraising efforts across the nation.


Volunteers at City of Hope's main medical center in Duarte, California create a compassionate environment for patients, caregivers and guests that is the hallmark at City of Hope. They come from all backgrounds and ages, 15 to 91. Together, they keep nearly 80 services humming on three to four hour shifts per week, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. They gain new skills and offer their past experience, as well as a willing smile.
Volunteers can choose from a range of participation levels that accommodates their time, interest and specialties.  A number of opportunities are available at City of Hope and in the local community.
IN THE OFFICE … Our volunteers provide supplemental clerical staff support and collaborate with departments throughout the medical center.
UNIQUE PATIENT CARE … Are you interested in one of our individualized care programs? In Art for the Heart at City of Hope's Helford Clinical Research Hospital, volunteers help patients and caregivers personalize their rooms with interchangeable art. In the Hope Volunteer Visitor Program they visit patients and caregivers one-on-one, helping them to work through the loneliness and isolation that can result from in-patient and adult day hospital care.
OUTSIDE RESOURCES … Thanks to a collaboration between Claremont, McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps colleges and City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine, premedical students provide local community resources and help patients navigate the medical center. Through a national program, Musicians on Call, musicians are invited to perform live music bedside.
Our Volunteer Services Department is ready to answer any general questions you may have about volunteering at City of Hope at 626-256-4673, ext. 64049.


Consider becoming part of the vital group of volunteers at our main hospital in Duarte by visiting us at one of the orientation events below. Volunteer positions are primarily during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m to 5 p.m; City of Hope is especially in need of clerical volunteers.
Adult Orientation Dates for 2016
  • Thursday , January 28, 2016 (Application available on the website Nov. 10, 2015 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7p.m.)
  • Friday, March 25, 2016 (Application available on the website Jan. 19, 2016 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 (Application available on the website March 8, 2016 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
  • Friday, July 8, 2016 (Application available May 17, 2016 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.)

A packet of information will be mailed once the online application is submitted..

High School Orientation Dates for 2016 and Application
  • High School Parent Meeting, Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Application for High School Students will be available January 12, 2016
  • High School Orientation, Saturday, May 14, 2016 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Due to the overwhelming interest in our High School Volunteer Program, there is only one orientation which includes a mandatory parent/student meeting per calendar year.
Applying to Volunteer
Applicants complete the online volunteer application when available (see dates above). Within a few weeks of receiving your application, you will receive an application packet to complete. Once you have completed and mailed back your application, you will need to arrange for an interview.
Attending Orientation/Training
Volunteers are required to attend a four hour volunteer orientation training.
Following the Training
New volunteers will supply medical records confirming that they have had the measles, mumps, rubella immunization and will take twoTB skin tests that are two weeks apart. Health screening is provided by City of Hope. Once the process is completed, volunteers go to the Security Department to receive their badge. Once they receive their badge, volunteers returnsto Volunteer Services to discuss a specific placement and to receive additional training.


We welcome your involvement in the wide variety of events and venues that support our groundbreaking research and treatment programs across the country. City of Hope counts on a vast network of nationwide volunteers to raise awareness and funding.

Contact the fundraising office nearest you to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area.


"Greeting visitors and patients as a volunteer has given me an opportunity to repair my spirit and soul. City of Hope saved my life and this is my way of helping save others."
"Volunteering gives me the opportunity to promote the outstanding work City of Hope does. What I do inspires me and gives me a chance to inspire others, too."
"I feel I make a difference every time I volunteer my time. When supplies of blood and platelets are at critical low points, I work with local and national newspapers to get people to donate as quickly as possible."