If you are interested in volunteering at Providence Saint John's Health Center, the first thing you need to do is attend one of our 1½ hour orientations. Orientations are generally held on a quarterly basis. However, due to the overwhelming interest in our Volunteer Program, we have slowed down our orientation schedule to ensure that all applicants are processed and placed in assignments before we bring on any additional volunteers.
Following the orientation, you will schedule a one-on-one interview with the Director of Volunteer Services. If it is determined that you are a good match for our program and our program is a good match for you, you will be invited to attend our 4½ -hour training.
Our volunteer requirements include:
- Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
- Commit to at least one 4-hour shift per week.
- Commit to a minimum of 100 hours of service.
- Volunteers must complete a health clearance check before they are able to begin, which involves the following steps:
- Undergo a basic physical examination performed by your own doctor, and have the doctor complete the Providence Saint John's Health Center Volunteer Health Clearance Form. Volunteers receive the Volunteer Health Clearance Form after being accepted into the program.
- Submit proof of Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox vaccine, if available. If you do not have these records, a blood test can be ordered to test for immunities.
- Complete a Tuberculin Screening through the Employee Health Office, which consists of 2 PPD skin tests. These tests are offered free of charge. If you have a history of a positive skin test, a chest x-ray will be ordered.
- Volunteers who are age 18 and older are required to complete a background clearance before they are able to begin.
- Volunteers, with few exceptions, are required to wear a uniform. Our uniform consists of your own tan/beige pants, tan or white shirt, and a Providence Saint John's Health Center navy blue jacket. Jackets are sold for $25 each.
- Volunteers must be supportive and sensitive to the needs of all patients, families, visitors, physicians and Providence Saint John's personnel.
- Volunteers must adhere to the policies of Providence Saint John's Health Center.
- Volunteers must have the desire to serve others in a caring, compassionate manner.
For more information about becoming a volunteer at Providence Saint John’s, call the Volunteer Services office at 310-829-8438 for details on upcoming orientations.