Volunteer Services at City of Hope, Duarte Campus
Volunteer Services has an exceptional group of diverse volunteers who volunteer to gain new skills, utilize existing skills and to be of service. They offer compassionate care and service to patients, caregivers and guests and provide supplemental clerical support to staff. Volunteers range in age from 15 to 85. They work three to four hour shifts in a designated department on a weekly basis. Volunteer Services collaborates with departments throughout the medical center.
Volunteers provide close to 80 unique services; they provide services seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Prior to becoming a volunteer, all applicants must attend an extensive training session in City of Hope's policies and procedures and receive medical clearance from Employee Health Services.
Some volunteers receive additional training to participate in specific Volunteer Services Programs such as Art for the Heart, a program where volunteers visit patient rooms on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of Helford Hospital and provide patients/caregivers with the opportunity to personalize their rooms by selecting new, inter-changeable art pictures. The Hope Volunteer Visitor Program provides volunteers who visit patients and caregivers, one on one, to help ease feelings of loneliness and isolation in the in-patient setting and adult day hospital.
The Student Resource Advocates Program, in collaboration with Claremont, McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps colleges, utilizes pre-medical college students to provide basic community resources, to serve as a liaison to
City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine
and to assist patients in navigating the medical center. Musicians on Call, a National Program, utilizes volunteer guides and musicians to offer live music at the bedside.
Please note, volunteer positions are primarily during business hours , M-F, 8:00 a.m -5:00 p.m; City of Hope is especially in need of clerical volunteers.
Adult Orientation Dates for 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015 (Application Closed)
Friday, November 6, 2015 (Application available online Sept. 2nd)
Adult Orientation Dates for 2016
Thursday , January 28, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
High School Orientation Date for 2016 and Application
High School Parent Meeting, Thursday, March 10, 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.
Applicants complete the on-line 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.
Volunteers are required to attend a four hour volunteer orientation 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, the volunteer returns to Volunteer Services to discuss a specific placement and to receive additional training.