By joining our dynamic community of volunteers, you can be a valuable part of the patient care experience at City of Hope's main medical center in Duarte, California, or take a hand in our nationwide fundraising efforts.

Volunteers help create a compassionate environment for patients, caregivers and guests. Our volunteers hail from all backgrounds and ages, from 15 to 91. Together, they keep nearly 80 services humming along by contributing shifts each week of three to four hours, working between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. They gain new skills while contributing their own experience and expertise to our mission...as well as their winning smiles and selfless enthusiasm.

Volunteers can choose from a range of participation levels that accommodates each person's time, interest and specialties. Volunteer opportunities at our main campus and in the communities we serve include...

  • In the Office: You can 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 inpatient 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 at patient bedsides.


Our Volunteer Services Department is ready to answer any general questions you may have about volunteering at City of Hope at 626-256-4673, extension 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.  Limited positions are available and City of Hope is especially in need of clerical volunteers.

Adult/College Orientation Dates for 2016/2017

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

  • Friday, November 4, 2016 - CLOSED
  • Friday, January 27, 2017 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017-  CLOSED
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 - CLOSED
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 -  Application for this date is now CLOSED


High School Application and Orientation Dates for 2017

  • Application for High School Students will be available on January 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - CLOSED

  • High School Parent Meeting, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • High School Orientation, Saturday, May 13, 2017
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 a online volunteer application (when available – see dates above).  Within a few weeks of applying online, you’ll 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 session.

Following Training

New volunteers will supply medical records confirming that they have had the measles, mumps, rubella immunization and will take two TB skin tests that are two weeks apart. Health screening is provided by City of Hope. Once the process is completed, volunteers will stop by our Security Department to receive their badge. Then they'll return to 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.