The most rewarding reason to volunteer cannot be measured. As a volunteer, you gain valuable experience, learn new skills, make friends and meet others who share the same values and interests.
Perhaps most rewarding of all is the patient’s appreciation. Your warm, compassionate smile or encouragement means as much to a patient as the services you provide. Scripps offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas. Plus, you’ll receive volunteer training in a professional, friendly environment, to make you feel comfortable and confident. We are committed to the success of our volunteers.
Volunteers must be age 15 and older and commit to volunteering at least three to four hours a week for a minimum of six months and completing 100 hours. High school applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scripps volunteers include people from all walks of life: students, homemakers, part-time workers, retired persons and seniors.
At Scripps, volunteer tasks encompass a wide range of patient support, such as welcoming guests, comforting patients, creating crafts for patients and even escorting their furry friends through the canine therapy program.
In addition to the social activity of service and purposeful connection to the community and our patients, volunteering at Scripps comes with numerous tangible benefits, including:
- Annual volunteer appreciation celebration
- Invitations to special events
- Wellness opportunities, including TB testing and flu shots
- Special discounts for local events
- Free parking
Eligible applicants can expect the following steps on their volunteer journey:
- Attend a new volunteer orientation
- Engage in a personal interview
- Provide proof of immunizations appropriate to a hospital setting
- Determine placement based on your interests, availability and hospital needs
- Attend a department-specific orientation (if applicable)
- Attend training programs and continuing education as required
Volunteers provide service to patients, families, staff and the community in various positions inside and outside of the hospitals, including the gift shop, information desk and special events. Volunteers may have unique opportunities to work in the nursing units, patient care areas, rehabilitation services, emergency department and more.
Volunteer opportunities and the application processes vary by location. Contact the Scripps facility near you for details:
Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic
10666 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
9888 Genesee Avenue.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista
435 H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
4077 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo
15004 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
Scripps Canine Therapy Volunteer Program
Program information for all above locations