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.
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.
Scripps volunteers include people from all walks of life: students, part-time workers, retired persons and seniors. To become a volunteer, applicants must be at least 15 years old, must have an ability to speak, read and write English, committed to volunteering at least three to four hours a week for a minimum of six months and completing 100 hours.
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
If you are interested in becoming a Scripps volunteer, please fill out an online application.
Once your application has been reviewed and approved, selected applicants can expect the following steps on their volunteer journey:
- Engage in a personal interview
- Provide proof of immunizations appropriate to a hospital setting
- Attend a new volunteer orientation
- 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 are available at the following locations:
Scripps Green Hospital, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines or Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Prebys Cardiovascular Institute
Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego
Volunteers involved in the Scripps Canine Therapy Program bring their dogs to visit patients in their hospital rooms, and provide comfort and support to our hardworking staff.
Before they interact with patients, all therapy dogs at Scripps must complete a rigorous evaluation to ensure they’re a good fit for the job. For more information about the Scripps Canine Therapy Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.