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Volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital

About Our Volunteer Program

St. Joseph Hospital has an award-winning, dynamic volunteer program comprised of more than 600 volunteers ranging from ages 16 to 90 years of age and older. Our dedicated volunteers serve in more than 40 areas of the hospital, some directly with patients and visitors, and others in support areas. Departments that utilize volunteers include the Emergency Care Center, Meal Mates, Navigator, Pet Therapy Program, Nursing Units, Radiology, Mammography, Surgery (Pre-Op and Recovery), Gift Shops and Admitting. There are also clerical support assignments for our volunteers who would like to help with projects in an office setting. Many volunteers prefer Messenger Service where they stay physically active running a variety of patient support errands, including discharging patients.

As we continue to offer the exceptional care at St. Joseph Hospital that our community has relied on for more than 80 years, private support - both financial contributions and volunteerism - is critical. Supporting St. Joseph Hospital presents a compelling opportunity for employees, physicians, individuals, corporations and community foundations to support care that has a reputation for quality and innovation - in an environment where values are embraced.

Volunteer Standards

  1. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Due to the high volume of applications we receive each month, we limit the applicants we accept to those living in Orange County.
  3. 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.
  4. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 150 hours of service. We do not offer short term, summer, internship or shadowing volunteer opportunities.
  5. Volunteers must be able to commit to a regularly scheduled four-hour shift once a week (pet therapy volunteers excluded).
  6. Volunteers must be able to abide by all patient confidentiality guidelines, customer service expectations and St. Joseph Hospital policies.
  7. 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:

  1. Attend an orientation at St. Joseph Hospital.
  2. Participate in an interview.
  3. Complete a mandatory Health Screening.
  4. 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.
  5. Complete our initial training process.
  6. Complete annual education on general hospital policies and procedures.
  7. Complete annual competency validation for specific service descriptions.

Volunteer Dress Code

  • We require volunteer uniforms to be worn in almost all areas. Volunteers must purchase uniforms (prices range from $15-30).
  • Volunteers must follow the Dress Code guidelines.