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.



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 84049.


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 2017/2018

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

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 - APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED
  • Friday, March 23, 2018 - ORIENTATION FILLED
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 - APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 - APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED
  • Friday, November 16 - Application will be posted on 9/12/18 at 10 a.m.

High School Application and Orientation Dates for 2018

Due to the overwhelming interest in our High School Volunteer Program, there is only one orientation per calendar year which includes a mandatory parent/student meeting.

  • Application for high school students (January 10, 2018) is now closed.

  • High school parent/student meeting, Wednesday March 14, 2018

  • High school orientation, Saturday May 12, 2018

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 be contacted for an interview.  Due to the limited number of available positions, not all applicants will be invited for an interview, however all applicants will receive notification of their application status.

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.