Students who are interested in volunteering with John Muir Health must submit an application to the Campus Minister for Community Service and Social Advocacy. There is a waitlist for students who are interested in volunteering (see the link below). The waitlist is long and you may have to wait a semester or more until you are contacted regarding an application. Another important note: Seniors are not eligible to apply because John Muir asks their volunteers to have a long term commitment of more than 1 year (Seniors would only be able to serve less than 1 year). Learn more about this program on their website.
Kaiser Health Student Volunteer Program (Ages 15+)
Search for “opportunities” and look at the postings for “high school services.” There are positions open at many locations in the East Bay/Contra Costa County. You fill out the general volunteer form under “apply” and designate which location you would like to apply for (you can only apply for one location at a time).
Contra Costa Health Service Student Volunteer Program (Ages 16+)
Volunteer commitment is for one year, serving 4-6 hours weekly (200 hours for the year)
Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Junior Volunteer Program (Ages 15+)
Sutter’s program provides students with a volunteer experience to help explore career options in the healthcare field and provide valuable assistance to the hospital. Junior volunteers perform non-medical duties like delivering materials to patients or between departments, directing visitors throughout the facility, answering visitor questions and providing administrative assistance. Students must be 15+ and be able to commit to provide a minimum of 100 hours within a school year. You can view their website for more information.
→ If you are interested in the program, please send an email to RickmaBK@sutterhealth.org
A Hop, Skip and a Jump Ahead - Pediatric Occupational Therapy (Juniors & Seniors)
Volunteer with a pediatric social skills group in Walnut Creek. In these groups, children practice interacting with peers in a natural, safe and supported environment while playing fine and gross motor games. Volunteers would be mentored in learning hands-on skills and assist with the groups. To learn more about this program, check out their website.
→ To find out more and express interest in volunteering, contact Nan Arkwright, MOT, OTR/L at email@example.com or (925) 930-6292.
VITAS Healthcare Student Intern Volunteers
VITAS offers a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from administrative tasks to accompanying patients. All volunteer opportunities are posted on their website and you can apply online.
Contact the following volunteer and activities coordinators to set up an ongoing volunteer commitment!
Aegis Senior Living
Volunteer Contact: Rochelle Balancio (Rochelle.Balancio@aegisliving.com)
Carlton Senior Living
Volunteer Contact: JC Paleja (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Concord Senior Center
Check out their volunteer website for opportunities!
Volunteer Contact: Ser Magne Roxas (email@example.com)
Sunrise Senior Living - Walnut Creek
Volunteer Contact: Cindy Smith (WalnutCreek.AVC@sunriseseniorliving.com)
Mentoring in Medicine & Science, Inc. Summer Internship - Career exploration for students of color
Mentoring in Medicine & Science, Inc. (MIMS) offers a 4-week summer internship (full time) where students are immersed into direct patient observation, shadow mentors in patient care settings, interact with a broad spectrum of health professionals and attend daily skills/leadership development seminars. Eligibility: Be at least a 10th grader, be from a population/group that is underrepresented in the health professions, have an interest in pursuing a health career, be available to participate in the full time, 4 week program. Program location: Highland Hospital and Samuel Merritt University. Applications will be available in January.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital - Oakland (Ages 16-17)
(Program is currently on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic)
UCSF offers a summer volunteer program for high school students (16-17 years old). This program offers students the opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting, provide comfort to patients and gain valuable experience. To be a summer volunteer you are required to be 16-17 years old and commit to serving once a week for a 3-4 hour shift. Info about applying to the UCSF summer volunteer program will be available in December/January.
If none of the above volunteer opportunities seem like a good fit, check out the website(s) below to search for more opportunities.
TeensVolunteer.org is a free service that connects teens with the latest volunteer opportunities in California. Through our website, nonprofit organizations can post their volunteer listings, and teens can sign up via the TeensVolunteer platform.