As a volunteer, you gain valuable experience, learn new skills and help us ensure our patients and visitors receive the best service possible. Our volunteers give thousands of hours of service each year in many different ways.
Volunteer opportunities vary by location. Contact the Scripps facility near you for details:
10666 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
Locations throughout San Diego County
354 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
9888 Genesee Avenue.
La Jolla, CA 92037
435 H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
4077 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
15004 Innovation Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
People of all backgrounds and abilities who want to help others can become volunteers. Adults, college student, and high school students (minimum age 15) are eligible. Previous experience is not required, as we provide training for all positions.
We are looking for caring, dependable people willing to make a 6-month commitment of 4 hours per week. After an initial interview, orientation and health screening, volunteers are matched to an area of service.
What positions are offered?
We have many different opportunities to serve in various areas of the hospital and clinics, including:
- Waiting rooms for families and visitors
- Gift shops
- Clinical departments
- Patient escort
- Service ambassadors
- Therapy dog program
- Nursing and surgical units
- Nutrition and dietary services
- Volunteer services support
- Sewing and craft group
The volunteer office will work closely with you to help determine the best placement. Our goal is to match your interests, skills and availability with the needs of our hospital and clinics.
Scripps La Jolla volunteers enjoy an enriching experience as part of our caring team. Whether your interest is giving back to the community, exploring a career in health care, or looking for a rewarding way to spend your free time, we strive to make your volunteer experience personally rewarding.
Special volunteer programs
Scripps La Jolla offers some special volunteer opportunities in addition to patient care and other support areas throughout the hospital.
Calling all pet lovers
Scripps La Jolla also offers a very special program led by our four-legged therapists — our pet therapy program. Your pets can contribute to a patient’s quality of life because they provide a sense of peace and purpose. Our pet therapy program maintains specific requirements and criteria for your canine, including:
- Obedience training
- Must be at least one year old
- Canine Good Citizen certification
- Current inoculations
Moms, are you ready to try something new?
Scripps has a program for moms interested in volunteering. Whether you are a stay at home mom or dealing with a newly-emptied nest, we offer volunteer opportunities with flexible hours — day, evening and weekend shifts are available.
What are the requirements for volunteering?
We are looking for caring, dependable people willing to make a long-term commitment of six months and at least 100 hours. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and abilities and a sincere desire to help others.
Men and women, college students and high school students (minimum age 15) are eligible. As a volunteer, you will be required to attend an orientation seminar and safety training. We offer training programs and continuing education to help volunteers remain efficient and effective.
How do I get started?
Simply email our volunteer services office closest to you and ask when our next volunteer orientation will be held. Attending an orientation or open house is the best way for you to see if volunteering at Scripps is right for you.
High school volunteer applicants 15 to 17 years old require parental consent. The volunteer services department will review all background checks and health screenings and contact qualified candidates to schedule a placement interview.
What do you get out of volunteering?
An opportunity to:
- Learn new skills
- Make new friends
- Develop new interests
- Grow in understanding of health care in our community
- Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others