Volunteering

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Become a Volunteer at Scripps Health in San Diego

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. A warm smile or encouraging word can mean 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 and hospice volunteers.

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, nursing floor assistant and hospice care. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Scripps.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers must be active men and women age 15 and older who are willing to make a commitment to volunteering at least three to four hours a week. Scripps volunteers include students, homemakers, part-time workers, retired persons and seniors. Volunteers may have unique opportunities to work in the emergency department, intensive care unit or surgery.


At Scripps, volunteering isn’t just for the young, it’s also for the young at heart. Scripps has many volunteers who are more than 80 years old donating their time to welcome guests, create crafts for patients and even escort their furry friends through the pet therapy program.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Annual volunteer appreciation celebration
  • Free parking
  • Invitations to special events
  • Wellness opportunities, including TB test and flu shot

Volunteer training

After an initial interview and health screening, volunteers are assigned to an area of their choice and attend a site orientation. We offer training programs and continuing education to help volunteers remain efficient and effective. Some sites ask volunteers to join the hospital auxiliary. Auxiliary members donate many hours of services and have contributed to the funding of new medical equipment, scholarships and financial support for indigent patients.

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