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Volunteer Services

Pet Therapy volunteer with her dog, Bear

Our pet therapy volunteers visit patients as part of the Tender Loving Canine Program.

Our volunteer program supports UC San Diego Health System personnel in their activities of patient care, education, and research. The role of volunteers is not to replace, but to supplement, the regular professional staff, freeing them to provide the highest quality of patient care.

Approximately 650 volunteers are in active service at any one time. This includes adults, college students, and high school students who are at least 16 years old.

Become a Volunteer

Thank you for considering giving your time to our volunteer program! We have some basic requirements potential volunteers must first meet. If you feel you can meet these requirements, then your first step to volunteering for UC San Diego Health System is to apply to attend an orientation.

Orientation Information

What Do Volunteers Do?

Cuddler volunteer

Each year, dedicated adult and student volunteers provide over 88,000 service hours throughout the Health System. From nursing units to the Bannister Family House, Health System volunteers have been helping in countless ways.

Volunteer Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Department of Volunteer Services
200 West Arbor Drive
West Wing Room 100
San Diego, CA 92103-8959