Volunteer at UC San Diego Health

We encourage you to become a volunteer at UC San Diego Health. Our volunteers play an integral role in assisting our staff in their patient care activities to support the San Diego community.

Many of our volunteers say their experiences at UC San Diego Health have been highly rewarding, personally fulfilling, and sometimes, life-changing.

Apply to Volunteer at UC San Diego Health

If you are considering applying to be a UC San Diego Health volunteer, ​you will need to:

  • Be at least age 16 and older
  • Be available to start immediately
  • Commit to a minimum of 100 hours of service over a six- to seven-month period

Become a Volunteer

Experience is not required; just bring your enthusiasm.

Apply Now

Volunteering FAQs

Many service groups, youth groups, churches and individuals in the community have requested ways to assist our patients from home. We appreciate this thoughtfulness and graciously accept donations of these items. 

  • Reading glasses (new)
  • Magazines published in the last six months (unused)
  • New or unused books
  • Phone chargers (iPhone or Type-C)
  • Coloring books and colored pencils for adults
  • Blank journals 

Online gift list: You can also donate through the Amazon website.

  • Search for “Registry.”
  • Then click “Search for a registry or gift list.”
  • Scroll down the page to the “Find a registry or gift list” box and type the words “UCSD Health.” Next to it, click the “Search by” drop-down and select “Gift List.”
  • Click the “Search” button to see the “UCSD Patient Wish List.”

Questions? Please email volsvcs@health.ucsd.edu or call 619-543-6370.

How to Help in Other Ways

Your generosity can help patient care and transform the future of health — both in your community and beyond.

Support UC San Diego Health

Join a Patient and Family Advisory Council

UC San Diego Health is committed to people-centered care.

We partner with patients, family and team members through Patient and Family Advisory Councils to improve the experience for everyone and enhance quality and safety outcomes.