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1100 W. Stewart Dr., Building 1, Basement , Orange, CA 92868

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Joseph Hospital Orange

2258.4 miles away
714-771-8721

Mon. - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. - Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

family standing in hospital smiling

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Mon. - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. - Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

At St. Joseph Hospital, our mission is to heal and serve the community and our volunteers play a vital role in that mission. Whether you’re interested in giving back to your community or exploring health careers as a volunteer, we have a place for you to lend a helping hand.

Volunteer screening process

  • Application: The first step in becoming a volunteer is to complete an online application. Applicants selected from this initial screening will be invited to attend orientation. Selection is made based on open positions and volunteer availability.
  • Orientation: You will receive an invitation to attend orientation. Orientations are held monthly (except for December) on a weekday morning or afternoon. Following orientation, a packet of forms will be provided for you to fill out.
  • Interview: After attending orientation, an interview will be scheduled.
  • Criminal background check: We will conduct background checks on those 18 years and older; Social Security number is required. Those under 18 years of age are required to submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Health Screening: Will be completed at St. Joseph Hospital's Employee Health and Wellness Center.
  • If you have any questions about the Volunteer Program at St. Joseph Hospital, please email SJHOrangeVolunteers@stjoe.org.

Volunteer application process

  • Applications are only accepted the 1st through 7th of every month, with 24/7 online access. Please note: Applications submitted after the 7th day of any month will not be accepted or reviewed by our Volunteer Department. Applications are not accepted during the month of December.
  • Applicants will receive an acknowledgment of application submission.
  • When matched with an open position based on the applicant's availability, the applicant will be contacted to attend orientation.
  • Apply online now

Volunteer standards

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age*.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive each month, we limit the applicants we accept to those living in Orange County.
  • The on-boarding process may take up to three months - please consider future availability when applying. If accepted as a volunteer, applicants 18 years of age and older must be able to provide a United States social security number at the time of the interview for our required background check.
  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 150 hours of service. We do not offer short term, summer, internship or shadowing volunteer opportunities.
  • Volunteers must be able to commit to a regularly scheduled four-hour shift once a week (pet therapy volunteers excluded).
  • Volunteers must be able to abide by all patient confidentiality guidelines, customer service expectations and St. Joseph Hospital policies.
  • Volunteers must have access to an email address. The Volunteer Services department utilizes email to communicate with volunteers.

If accepted as a volunteer, you will be asked to:

  • Attend an orientation at St. Joseph Hospital
  • Participate in an interview
  • Complete a mandatory Health Screening
  • Consent to a background check for volunteers 18 years of age and older (hospital provided). If you are under 18 years of age, two letters of recommendation are required
  • Complete our initial training process
  • Complete annual education on general hospital policies and procedures
  • Complete annual competency validation for specific service descriptions.
  • Follow the dress code guidelines. Volunteers must purchase uniforms (prices range from $15-30).

*There are a limited number of openings for college and high school students.

Admitting Desk - Weekdays (5:30 a.m., mornings and afternoons)

  • Provide assistance to patients, family members and visitors
  • Assist Admitting Staff with visitor inquiries, paperwork and deliveries
  • Escort patients and families to locations within the hospital

Ambassador (Outpatient Pavilion) - Weekday mornings and afternoons

  • Greet and direct patients, family members and visitors
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Bilingual volunteers are a plus

Bilingual Hospitality Program - Weekdays

  • PRE-REQUISITE: Must be fluent in Spanish and English
  • Provide a warm welcome to new Spanish speaking patients
  • Inquire about the patient's hospital stay and if they have questions or concerns
  • Great opportunity for patient interaction

Cardiovascular Short Stay Unit (CVSSU) - Weekdays

  • Escort and discharge patients
  • Assist with typical "messenger volunteer" tasks, such as specimens to labs, supplies from central, blood bank runs, etc.
  • Assist with clerical tasks as well as restocking supplies and cleaning patient gurneys

The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment - Weekdays

  • Front Desk
  • Greet and direct patients and visitors
  • Answer questions and escort as needed to destinations 

Genetics

  • Assist staff with clinical and research database data entry
  • Assist with clerical tasks and projects
  • Mammography (Female Volunteers only)
  • Front office clerical duties
  • Escort patients to changing areas and assist those who request help
  • Ability to listen empathetically to concerned patients

Health Scholars

Infusion

  • Make rounds to ensure infusion patients have what they need: water, blankets, reading materials or a short visit
  • Focus is listening to patients, not talking to them about personal experiences
  • Escort and direct incoming patients and physicians
  • Assist with clerical tasks as well as restocking supplies, cleaning patient chairs and folding linens

Multi-disciplinary Center

  • Greet and escort patients
  • Provide clerical support

Navigator

  • Assist staff with a variety of clerical tasks

Padova Library

  • Provide research assistance to patients, family members and visitors
  • Organize and maintain resources

Radiation Oncology

  • Assist staff with clerical tasks, such as answering telephones, data entry, making patient charts, filing, making follow-up calls and restocking supplies

Registry

  • The Cancer Registry monitors all reportable primary cancer cases diagnosed or initially treated at St. Joseph Hospital
  • Extensive data entry; requires high-level computer skills to support data collection
  • Assist staff with special projects
  • Research
  • Assist staff with data entry and projects

Cardiac Rehab Gym - Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings

  • Assist nurses during exercise classes
  • Provide clerical support
  • Help with coordination of wellness classes/events

Chronic Dialysis

  • Greet and direct or escort patients and family members
  • Assist with typical "messenger volunteer" tasks, such as specimens to labs, supplies from central, blood bank runs, etc.
  • Provide clerical support
  • Provide comfort items to patients and family members in waiting areas

Emergency Care Center

  • Greeter/Visitor Support
  • Greet and direct or escort patients and family members
  • Assist with visitor control
  • Provide support with clerical tasks as needed
  • Provide comfort items to patients and family members in waiting areas

Main Unit

  • Round hourly and offer patients and family members comfort items such as blankets, water, etc. (with RN permission)
  • Clean empty treatment rooms
  • Stock patient rooms and carts

Eucharistic Minister

  • PRE-REQUISITE: Must already be a Eucharistic Minister and have contacted the Spiritual Care Department
  • Distribute communion to patients, family and staff on assigned units to those who desire to receive it

Gift Shops

  • (Main Hospital) seven days/week
  • (Cancer Center) weekdays
  • Required to have excellent customer service skills
  • Assist visitors, patients and employees with their purchases
  • Restock gift items
  • Use cash register and credit card processing machines

Kidney Transplant Center - Weekdays

  • Data entry
  • Insurance Verification
  • Helps with special projects
  • Restocking supplies
  • Clerical tasks

Maternal Fetal Health - Weekdays

  • Front office clerical duties
  • Greet and assist patients when they arrive for appointments

Meal Mate

  • Provide encouragement, companionship and feeding assistance to patients during meal times

Messenger Service

  • Varied patient-related errands, including patient discharges, delivering specimens to the laboratory and medical records, supplies and medications to the nursing units
  • Physically active position
  • Work with a team of volunteers

Mother Baby Assessment - Weekdays and Saturday mornings

  • Assemble patient charts and consent forms
  • Price items, stock boutique and ring merchandise
  • Help nurses set up patient rooms
  • Sign in people for classes
  • Answer telephones

Music Therapy

  • Provides calming music in lobbies and waiting areas of the hospital, Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center

Navigator - Weekdays and Saturdays

  • Provide a warm welcome and hospitality to patients, family members and visitors by greeting and escorting them to patient rooms or other hospital destinations

Nursing Units

  • General Surgery, Labor & Delivery, Medical Telemetry, Medical Intensive Care, Mother Baby, Observation, Oncology, Orthopedics and Pulmonary Renal
  • Discharge patients
  • Assist with typical "messenger volunteer" tasks, such as specimens to labs, supplies from central, blood bank runs, etc.
  • Assist unit secretary by answering phones and intercom
  • Make rounds to patient rooms to determine any pending patient needs
  • Assist with clerical tasks

OB Admitting

  • Greet patients and family members
  • Deliver armbands and paperwork to patients, assuring that they are correctly initialing and signing pertinent documents
  • Help at Birth Records Registrar

Occupational Therapy (Inpatient) - Weekday mornings

  • Shadow staff during patient therapy sessions
  • Assist department staff with basic clerical duties and restocking supplies

Pediatric Dialysis Activity Volunteer (One-year minimum commitment required) - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

  • Visit and provide activities such as craft projects and games for pediatric patients undergoing dialysis

Pediatric Dialysis Volunteer Tutor (One-year minimum commitment is required) - Tuesdays, Thursdays

  • Primary responsibility is helping pediatric patients with homework

Personal Services Volunteer

  • Shampoo and dry patients' hair
  • Excellent people skills required, compassionate and caring

Pet Therapy

  • Pet Therapy Dogs must be certified through organizations such as Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs International and have a minimum of four months experience visiting with their handler in a nursing home or hospital setting.
  • Handler (owner) and dog visit with patients, visitors and staff throughout the hospital

Pharmacy (Inpatient and Outpatient)

  • Deliver medications to nursing units
  • Assist staff with clerical needs
  • Assist with receiving and prioritizing physician orders
  • Verifies and puts away new medication shipments, except for narcotics
  • Restock medications

Physical Therapy (Cancer Center, Inpatient and Outpatient) - Weekdays

  • Shadow department staff during patient therapy sessions
  • Assist department staff with basic clerical duties and restocking supplies

Radiology/Imaging Services - Weekdays

  • Greet and direct or escort patients and family members
  • Provide support with clerical tasks as needed
  • Assist staff with transporting patients
  • Provide comfort items to patients

Speech Therapy - Weekday mornings

  • Shadow department staff during patient therapy sessions
  • Assist department staff with basic clerical duties and restocking supplies

Surgery Prep (In-patient) (SPU) - Weekdays

  • Escort/transfer patients to and from SPU
  • Assist with typical "messenger volunteer" tasks such as specimens to labs, supplies from central, blood bank runs, charts, paperwork, etc.
  • Assist family members as needed
  • Provide clerical support, restock supplies, wipe down and make up gurneys

Surgery Recovery (PACU) - Weekdays

  • Make rounds in patient treatment area to determine any pending patient needs
  • Escort/ transfer patients to and from PACU
  • Provide clerical support, restock supplies, wipe down and make up gurneys