Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age requirement to volunteer at City of Hope?
To volunteer at City of Hope, you must be at least 15 years of age by the date of orientation.
What is the minimum time commitment required to volunteer at City of Hope?
A minimum commitment of 100 hours is required.  Volunteers are assigned to a regular weekly schedule, serving a minimum of 4 hours per week/shift for adults and 3 hours per week/shift for high school students. Verification of hours will not be provided prior to reaching 100 hours of service.
Where are some of the positions that volunteers are placed in?
Volunteers are placed in a variety of settings including patient and family visitor service areas, surgical waiting room, inpatient and outpatient clinics, and clerical areas assisting staff.
Can I or my family come in for one day to volunteer?
To find one-day or family-friendly volunteer options, please consult the City of Hope Event Calendar.
Can my school or community group come in to volunteer?
We are unable to offer group volunteer opportunities at City of Hope due to infection control standards, as well as the protection of our patients’ confidentiality and comfort. Your group can help City of Hope by organizing a fundraiser. (
I would like to shadow a doctor or a nurse. Can Volunteer Services help me?
We do not assist with arranging shadowing opportunities. If you are interested in shadowing a doctor or nurse, please talk to your primary care physician or career advisor.
I would like to gain research experience by volunteering in a lab. What should I do?
Volunteer Services does not provide opportunities in research or academic settings.  If you are a student interested in volunteering to assist in a lab, please consult the Education and Training webpage.