A major pillar of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is its dedicated core of volunteers. Established in 1972, the Volunteer Services Department attracts, retains and recognizes qualified in-service volunteers. Currently, there are more than 80 dedicated volunteers, ranging in ages from 18 to 84, who provide their time and talent as volunteers in many areas in the hospital. The caliber of individuals working as hospital volunteers is exceptional; many are retired professionals and business people. Last year, volunteers contributed more than 6,000 hours of services.
The Volunteer Services Department uses volunteers in the following areas:
Main Volunteer Office
Offers information and assistance to visitors and patients
Transports patients, as needed
Provides companionship during mealtimes
Must be at least 18 years of age
Completes and passes Meal Mates training, in addition to standard orientation
Commits to one uninterrupted hour, per shift
One to two times per week
Provides compassionate visits to patients toward the end of life, who may otherwise not have someone to be by their side
Must be at least 25 years of age
Completes and passes Compassionate Companions training, in addition to standard orientation
USC-VHH volunteer applicants should:
Be at least 18 years of age
Exhibit a professional appearance and manner
Exhibit a positive attitude
Be in good physical and mental health
Show commitment to the hospital
Commit to a minimum of 100 hours of service
Rewards for volunteering at USC-VHH:
Satisfaction of doing something for others
Opportunity to share your skills and learn new ones
Make a difference by serving your community
Enjoyment of making new friends and having fun
For student volunteers, earning service hours
Adult and Student Volunteers
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are not accepting high school student volunteers, 16 to 18 years of age, at this time. We plan on bringing back student volunteers at a future date and will provide updates on this website.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail.
If you have questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact us at (818) 952-2215.
Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.