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Volunteers have always been a crucial part of the Emanate Health team. Over the years, our volunteers have logged more than a million hours of service and have touched the lives of numerous people in the process.

Today, their compassion, skills and hard work continue to have a huge impact on the lives of the patients, visitors and the employees they help. From cuddling babies in the NICU to comforting visitors whose loved ones are in surgery, our volunteers prove the power of love every single day. We mean it when we say Emanate Health wouldn't be the same without them.

What can volunteering do for you?

As a volunteer, you serve the community, meet new people, gain new skills and assist with patient care. But you also walk away knowing that you made a difference in someone else's life. That's a feeling that many of our volunteers say fills their hearts and teaches them things they never knew about themselves.

Discover how you can make a difference

You can help in so many ways. Some volunteers choose to work in a visible capacity, while others prefer to be behind the scenes. Either way, you are giving your most valuable possession—your time—and we can't begin to express how grateful we are.

Ready to join us? Expand the sections below to see the volunteer opportunities we have and find your fit.


Are you an active individual with a desire to give back to your community? Our adult volunteer opportunities are designed for socially conscious people who would like to be of service and share their time and talents with the people of the San Gabriel Valley.

No previous experience is necessary to become an adult volunteer. These opportunities are open to new volunteers throughout the year:

Hospice volunteers provide companionship to homebound and terminally ill patients. You give comfort to patients and their loved ones at a time in their lives when they need it most.

Patient Family Advisory Council is a dedicated group of former patients and family members that advises Emanate Health staff on how items such as hospital processes, quality of care and paperwork can be improved. Learn more about how you can get involved with this important group of volunteers.

Information desk volunteers are the first point of contact for all patients and visitors. You greet visitors, help support the admitting department, and escort patients and family members to their destination.

Mended Hearts volunteers visit heart patients before and after surgery to offer encouragement and company during this major moment in their lives.

Music Therapy is composed of a very talented group of volunteers who play their instruments or sing to patients. Adding music to our patients' lives brings much needed joy to their hospital stay.

Newspaper cart volunteers deliver the daily paper to patients. It's a simple act of kindness that helps our patients feel more at home, yet still connected to the outside world during their hospital stay.

NICU Cuddlers hold and rock the babies staying in the NICU and support the NICU staff with non-clinical tasks. Babies in the NICU benefit greatly from this extra addition of warmth and affection.

Pet Therapy volunteers bring their trained and certified pets to comfort patients and visitors. Many of our patients really miss their animal companions during their hospital stay. This is a wonderful way to bring joy to their lives.

Shuttle cart volunteers pick up patients and family members in the hospital parking lot and bring them to the entrance. This eases stress and greatly improves the experience of our patients with mobility issues.

Spiritual care volunteers offer spiritual support to patients and family members who are going through difficult times. This group of volunteers works with hospital chaplains and the spiritual care staff to comfort people who need empathy and compassion.

Surgical waiting room volunteers support hospital visitors who have loved ones in surgery. These volunteers act as the liaison between the surgery department and the hospital visitors by relaying information and providing comfort.

Hospital Auxiliary volunteers organize a variety of fundraising activities to help our hospitals thrive. From running the hospital gift shops to managing the local thrift shop, Bargain Box, our auxiliary members help improve our facilities and health care services. Learn more about how you can get involved with the auxiliaries.

College students

Are you currently enrolled in a medical program and need to complete hours for your program? Or maybe you just want to experience the health care field? This might be the perfect program for you.

Our college student volunteers offer support to our patients and their family members, as well as the nursing staff. The program is centered on customer service and does not involve any clinical tasks. We accept college students throughout the year as long as there is availability.

Customer service volunteers help our patients and nursing staff direct patients and visitors where they need to go and assist them with any of their questions or concerns.

Emergency Department Ambassadors work in the emergency room and offer emotional support to patients who come in for treatment and their family members.

High school students

Are you a high school student interested in learning about a career in medicine? Do you want to make a difference in the world? Volunteering at Emanate Health can be a fun way to do both.

Take a look at the volunteer opportunities we have and discover how you can make a difference.

STAR volunteers have a cart filled with books, crossword puzzles and other welcome items that they offer to the patients.

BREW Crew volunteers have a coffee cart that they take to all acute departments and waiting areas for the family members of patients to enjoy a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate.

Information desk volunteers are the first point of contact for all patients and visitors. They greet visitors, help support the admitting department, and escort patients and family members to their destination.

Volunteering requirements

We are extremely grateful for your interest in volunteering at Emanate Health. Before you apply to volunteer with us, we encourage you to take a look at our volunteer requirements below.

Adult and college student requirements

To volunteer as an adult, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Submit a volunteer profile
  • Take part in an in-person interview
  • Receive an Office of Inspector General background check
  • Obtain an initial and annual health screening, free of charge from Emanate Health
  • Obtain a flu vaccine each year, free of charge from Emanate Health
  • Commit to one, four-hour shift a week

High school student requirements

To be accepted into our high school volunteer program, you must be a high school student who is at least 15 years old and is currently in the ninth, tenth or eleventh grade.

High school volunteer applications are only offered and accepted once a year. We accept applications in April of each year, and volunteering officially starts in June.

Once you are accepted into the program, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Submit a volunteer profile
  • Attend a student and parent informational meeting
  • Attend orientation
  • Obtain an initial and annual health screening, free of charge from Emanate Health
  • Obtain a flu vaccine each year, free of charge from Emanate Health
  • Make a 12-month and 100-hour service commitment

Apply to volunteer

Are you all in? Fill out our online volunteer application to get started.

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