Volunteer Programs Opportunities

Once you have successfully passed the small group interview and completed the Volunteer Orientation , we will place you in an appropriate position based on your qualifications and availability. Evening positions are limited, with many requests for those time slots. Most positions require additional training, and some require an additional interview. Program availability is subject to change without notice.


Thank you for your interest in donating to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Play experiences can help brighten a child’s hospital stay and we are grateful for your donations of new toys, games and other playtime supplies. We have specific suggested items for each age group that can be found on the following website:

  • Go to "Gifts & Wish List"
  • Under "Find Wish Lists" and Registries, enter "Loma Linda Child Life".General Wish List will be displayed.

If you are looking for donations requested by a specific unit, please browse the Specific Wish Lists on the left side of the screen (you may need to scroll down to view the lists).

Individuals or groups can help by following these recommendations when donating toys:

  • Safety is an important consideration when selecting toys.
  • Due to the risk of infection, and for the sake of our patient's privacy, we cnnot allow guests or donors to distribute gifts directly to the patients.
  • Games that are cosidered violent in nature will not be accepted.
  • Please do not wrap the gifts as we will have to unwrap them for the safety of our patients.
  • Monetary donations should be directed to Shelley Vincent, Foundation Specialist, please call to schedule the donation. (909) 558-3559 or via email at svincent@llu.edu.
  • Donations are accepted by appointment within the following scheduled times:

     Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • No used items please. We only accept new toys and games. Stuffed animals are not accepted.

To schedule your donation appointment, please call Child Life at 909-558-4073 or email DBrooks@llu.edu.

CANCER CENTER TEA CART Interact with patients in our Cancer Center. Provide refreshments and friendly conversation to patients undergoing treatment.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:   Monday -Thursday, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am

·       Qualifications: You must be a people person; friendly and outgoing. Must be physically able to push tea cart.

CANCER VISITATION PROGRAM Provide visitation and resource information as appropriate to inpatients in the oncology units. Must be at least one (1) year past personal cancer experience.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:  Varies, approx 2+ hours per visitation

·       Qualifications: Additional interview required. Prior experience with cancer patients required. Volunteer must be able to deal with serious illness. 


  • Greetings: Please use a greeting other than “Get Well Soon”.  The cards are distributed house-wide to patients with illnesses that vary from mild to terminal.  Such greetings as “Thinking of You”, “Bringing a smile to you”, “Have A Nice Day” etc. are more appropriate.
  • Size: A total size of 4 ¼” by 5” is the most useful size.  A sheet of 8 ½” by 11” folded 2 ways is perfect!  This allows our volunteers to distribute the cards in person & also on the meal trays.  Envelopes are not necessary.
  • Materials: Please do not use sparkles, glitter or glued-on items such as buttons/beads or puffy stickers, as they are not safe for our younger patients.
  • Other Ideas: Cards are needed in foreign languages, for birthdays and holidays. 

The patients & families in our hospital are touched by the kindness & caring from our community donors.


*Please note: Child Life trainings typically fill up at least 1-2 months in advance.


Under the direction of a Child Life Specialist, assist in providing diversional activities and sensory stimulation for pediatric patients.  Activities at bedside and in activity room include reading, telling stories, playing games, and crafts. Volunteers may choose from the activity rooms listed above.

·       Minimum age: 18

·       Hours:                         

o   9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

o   9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Friday 

o   9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Saturday & Sunday

·       Qualifications: Child Life training required. You must be able to deal with serious illness and have experience working with children. 


Provide snuggling to infants in the NICU, including holding, rocking and sensory stimulation.

·       Minimum age:   21

·       Hours:   8 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications: Must complete 50 hours of volunteer service in a Child Life program and meet all additional requirements. Extensive training required. Additional interview with Child Life staff required.


Under the direction of a Child Life Specialist, volunteers will provide diversional activities such as playing games, reading, arts & crafts, puzzles, etc to pre-surgery patients and siblings. Other duties may include assisting staff by distributing schedules, helping with light clerical work and cleaning toys. 

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:   8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday (closed holidays)

·       Qualifications:  Child Life training required. Volunteer must be able to commit to a 2-hour shift (arrive no later than 1:30 pm).   


*Please note: Clerical opportunities vary for different departments.

Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in requesting departments with limited clerical projects such as simple data entry, filing, stuffing envelopes, project assistance, event preparation, and answering phones.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:  Varies between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday only

·       Qualifications: Typing, computer skills, filing, use of office equipment, friendly, outgoing and great customer service skills. Fluency in Spanish is not mandatory, but is a definite plus


*Please note: Emergency Department trainings typically fill up 1-2 months in advance.

Work under the supervision of ED Concierge and the ED Charge Nurse, supporting and supplementing the activities of the ED Staff with non-medical assistance of patients and their families. Provide assistance with admission forms. Follow up with patients and families in the waiting area. Provide customer service in waiting room area and assist Emergency Department staff by stocking shelves/supplies, cleaning gurneys and making beds. Direct patients and families to other areas, run errands to other departments in hospital and pick up supplies from Central Service.

·       Minimum age:  21

·       Hours: 10:00 am to 3:00 am-7 days a week

·       Qualifications: ED Training required. Volunteer must be independent, self-starter, assertive, and able to adjust to varied work patterns. You must be friendly and outgoing. Fluency in Spanish is not mandatory, but is a definite plus.

ESCORT Welcome and provide assistance to patients and visitors in the main lobby of the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. Help answer questions and escort patients/visitors.

·       Minimum age: 18

·       Hours:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications: You must be friendly and outgoing; able to stand for long periods of time. You must be reliable and prompt.

GIFT SHOP Be an active member of our gift shop team. Provide customer service. Assist management in daily operation of stocking, merchandising, and creating new displays. 

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:                         

o   9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday-Thursday

o   9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Friday

o   10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday

o   (Closed Saturdays and holidays)

·       Qualifications: You must be friendly and outgoing; able to stand for long periods of time.  You must be reliable and prompt.

GOLF CART Welcome guests and provide Golf Cart service to and from visitor parking lots.

·       Minimum age:  18 *Must have valid driver’s license and a clean DMV record

·       Hours:  8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday

·       Qualifications: You must be friendly and outgoing. Fluency in Spanish is not mandatory, but is a definite plus.

JOSH & FRIENDS Josh & Friends is a program that puts together and delivers special Josh & Friends gift packages. The packages include a book and a Josh puppy for children to hug and feel secure during their hospital stays. They have partnered with several prestigious organizations including Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. We are recruiting for volunteers to help with putting together the Josh & Friends gift packages and deliver them to our patients here at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital prior to surgeries. If you would like to know more about the organization please visit their website at www.joshandfriends.com.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:   Variable, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications: You must be friendly and outgoing; able to commit time to help put the Josj & Friends gift packages together before delivery. You must be reliable and prompt. Child Life training is required before starting the Josh & Friends program. 

LOMA LINDA CHILDREN’S CENTER Assist teachers and staff with activities, naps, and story time. Help clean the kitchen. Assist with other duties as needed.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:   8:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday       

·       Qualifications: You must be friendly and have experience working with children. An additional interview will be required.

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY HEART & SURGICAL HOSPITAL Interact with patients in our new medical facility, located at the corner of Barton Road & New Jersey. Volunteer opportunities include:

Information Desk

Surgery Waiting Area

Patient/Visitor Escort

·       Minimum age:   18

·       Hours:   8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

·       Qualifications:  Multiple trainings are required during normal business hours. You must be outgoing, friendly, and independent. Must be comfortable with phones and using a computer. Volunteer must be able to commit to at least one 4-hour assignment per week. Fluent in Spanish is not mandatory, but is a definite plus.

MENDED HEARTS SUPPORT PROGRAM Mended Hearts, Inc. is a non-profit program that trains volunteers to visit patients who are diagnosed with Heart Disease, or who have had a  recent heart surgery here at Loma Linda University Medical Center or other hospitals. The Mended Hearts volunteers provide support and resources to the patients and their family members who are impacted by heart disease before and after surgery. They assist at the Mended Hearts desk and attend monthly meetings that provide information that benefits the volunteers and the patients served by Mended Hearts volunteers.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:   Variable, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications:  Volunteer must have personal or family experience with heart disease and become a member of Mended Hearts, Inc. If you have heart disease, or a family member who has heart disease, and would like to know more about Mended Hearts, Inc. please visit their website at  mendedhearts.org.

MUSIC CONNECTION Foster a positive, soothing atmosphere by providing musical performances in the lobby areas of the Medical Center and the Children's Hospital. Guitar, piano and violin music preferred.

·       Minimum Age:  14

·       Hours:  Variable, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications:  An audition is required. Volunteer must be self-directed and comfortable performing in front of people.

OPERATION CARE PACKAGE Let patients know we care about them by delivering a gift to them during their post-surgery stay. The Operation Care Package volunteers take a cart of magazines, pillows, blankets, puzzle books and small entertainment items to our patients. These volunteers converse with patients and provide compassion to help patients feel better during their stay.

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications: Volunteer must possess good organizational and customer service skills; be outgoing and a people-person.

General Medicine, Med/Cardio/Neuro Telemetry, Acute Medicine Units

Visit patients in their rooms and offer services such as reading, meal selection, playing games, conversation and other forms of diversional activities. Assist nursing staff with various unit duties. A great option for pre-nursing/pre-med students or anyone considering a career in healthcare!

·       Minimum age: 18

·       Hours:    8:00 am - 8:00 pm, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications: Extensive unit-specific and isolation training is required. You must be a people-person, friendly and energetic.  Volunteer must be reliable and prompt.

P.A.W.S. (Patient Aiding Wellness)-Pet Therapy PAWS is a volunteer program that utilizes trained handlers and the canine companions to offer opportunities for patients to form human-animal interaction to further healing at LLUMC and East Campus Hospital.

·       Minimum age: 18

·       Hours: Vary at each location

·       Qualifications: The canines must be certified from one of the following organizations:

o   Pet Partners (Formerly Delta Society)

o   Therapy Dogs International

o   Therapy Dogs, Inc.

o   Love on a Leash

For more information email us at volunteerservices@llu.edu

SURGERY WAITING AREA Act as a liaison between the Operating Room staff and families of patients undergoing surgery

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:   8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

·       Qualifications: Multiple trainings required during normal business hours. You must be a people person; friendly; independent.  Must be comfortable with multi-line phone and using a computer. Volunteer must do well under pressure and be able to commit to at least one 4-hour assignment a week.  Fluency in Spanish is not mandatory, but is a definite plus.

TEEN SUMMER Assist various hospital departments with office duties, including answering phones, computer entry, filing, errands and other clerical tasks. Each session lasts for 4 weeks durng the months of June through August. Click HERE for more information or the application  for the TEEN SUMMER program.

·       Minimum age:  14-17

·       Hours: Depends on the session and shifts available each year                       

·       Commitment: Four hours per day / three times per week for a total 35 hours of service during each session

·       Qualifications:  3.2GPA

*Quality teens may be able to continue volunteering in limited year-round positions pending successful completion of the Teen Summer program.


Maternity – Post-Partum

Under the general direction of the staff of the Maternity Unit 3100 and 3800, volunteers visit patients in their rooms to offer services and diversional activities such as teaching patients how to knit and crochet, provide visitor access to the unit and assist with new unit gift corner. *Please note: Trainings are schedule on an as-needed basis depending on staff availability

      ·       Minimum Age: 18

·       Hours:   8:00 am - 7:00 pm, 7 days a week

·       Qualifications: Unit 3800 training required. Volunteer must be reliable and prompt.


* Please do not fax or email your resume. Applicants are selected by completing the online application.To complete a volunteer application, please click HERE. 


BAKING PROGRAM When you’re under the weather, nothing feels better than comfort food. As a volunteer for our baking program, you will have the opportunity to bake cookies, muffins, and more. Once you’re finished in the kitchen, you can share your goodies fresh out of the oven. Patients, families and staff feel extra special when someone goes to the trouble of making something just for them. The baking program is a perfect way to show you care. Certified Food Handler’s Training is required and offered once you’ve selected the program.

·       Minimum Age:   18

·       Hours:  Flexible

**PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are responsible for obtaining a Food Handler's Card prior to placement in the Baking Program. Please visit www.sbcounty.gov for more information about Food Handler's Training Classes.

REST AND RELAXATION CART The stress of being in the hospital can be intense. There are times when getting lost in a good DVD is just what the doctor ordered. Perhaps the patients would like to write a letter to a friend or family member. You can take the activity cart directly to the  patient’s bedside to provide a positive distraction during their hospital stay. If you enjoy making new friends, volunteering with the activity cart is the perfect way to spend time with the East Campus patients.

·       Minimum Age:  18

·       Hours:  Flexible

EAST CAMPUS MUSIC CONNECTION For many people, music is a key to healing the mind, body and soul. Music can take you to a million different places. We have needs for the restorative effects of music in several venues on our campus:

*Events in the East Campus outdoor amphitheater

*Music in the healing garden

*Patient room visits

*Lobby entertainment

If you enjoy sharing your musical gifts in an extra special capacity, this opportunity was meant just for you.

·       Minimum age:   18

·       Hours:  Flexible

RESOURCE CENTER Become an active member of our volunteer team by becoming an expert in the East Campus Resource Center. You will interact with patients, patient families, visitors and staff while helping to provide vital information to those who need it most. When unexpected injuries or illnesses arise, information can bring priceless comfort to patients and their families. You will be a fundamental team member of this important source. Fantastic customer service is a must!

·       Minimum age:  18

·       Hours:  o   8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Weekdays and Weekends, depends upon open shifts


* Please do not fax or email your resume. Applicants are selected by completing the online application. To complete a volunteer application, please click HERE. 



OFFICE: 909.558.8022

FAX: 909.558.0142

EMAIL: volunteerservices@llu.edu


This program is currently closed. Please check our Teen Summer website in March 2013.