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Hospital Volunteer Program

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There is no greater reward than making a difference in the life of a sick child.

The volunteers at CHOC Children’s generously dedicate their time to help us provide the very best pediatric services in Orange County. For almost 50 years, the volunteer programs at CHOC and CHOC at Mission have provided vital assistance to all hospital departments.

We are currently looking for compassionate, enthusiastic individuals who are committed to make a difference in not just their lives, but also the lives around them.

For more information on applying to our program, please sign up for one of our information sessions.

Volunteer Opportunities

CHOC assigns volunteer positions based on the current needs of the hospital along with the volunteer’s availability, interests and skill sets.

Currently, our highest needs are shifts scheduled Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night and weekend positions are limited.

Our volunteers:

  • Greet visitors as they arrive
  • Escort families around the hospital
  • Assist in office clerical support
  • Help visitors and families in the Family Resource Center
  • Offer coloring and reading activities for patients in our waiting/lobby areas
  • Assess the comfort needs of families on the many units
  • Assist in discharging our patients
  • Assist our child life specialists in playrooms
  • And much more.

Detailed information about our volunteer roles is provided at our information sessions.

Our volunteer program does not offer job training, internship, practicum or medical shadowing programs.

One-Day Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer services does not offer any type of one-day volunteer opportunities. Anyone interested in coming to visit our patients for one day to host a special event must receive approval by our child life department. Please visit our special visitor guidelines to learn more.

Pet Therapy

We accept pet therapy volunteers applications on an ongoing basis. You must have a dog already certified under Pet Partners (formerly known as The Delta Society). No exceptions.

Volunteers interested in our pet therapy program can email us at volunteers@choc.org for more information.

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine