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Become a volunteer at Scripps Health

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Become a volunteer at Scripps Health

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.

Who can volunteer at Scripps?

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.

Benefits of volunteering

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

Volunteer onboarding and training

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

Where volunteers serve

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


Download the adult volunteer application (PDF, 460 KB)

Download the high school volunteer application (PDF, 470 KB)

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

4077 Fifth Avenue

San Diego, CA 92103


Download the adult volunteer application (PDF, 460 KB)

Download the high school volunteer application (PDF, 470 KB)

Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo

15004 Innovation Drive

San Diego, CA 92128


Scripps Canine Therapy Volunteer Program

Program information for all above locations