Volunteering at Children's is fun, it's rewarding, and it's a way to make a difference in someone's life every single day. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland relies on a network of trained and enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to furthering our mission. Every year, more than 1,000 area volunteers work with us—some in the hospital itself—others supporting us in the community through fundraising and outreach methods. We know how lucky we are to be part of such a strong network of individuals dedicated to providing high-quality pediatric care, and we invite you to become a part of it. From long-term and department-specific opportunities to special fundraising projects, Children's Hospital Oakland has a range of options for those who wish to apply to be a volunteer.
Become a Hospital Volunteer
Each year more than 800 hospital volunteers help UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland fulfill its unique mission—to care for children regardless of their family's ability to pay. Volunteers have been the backbone of Children's since the day we opened our doors over 100 years ago, and the service they provide makes a difference in lives every day here.
Volunteers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland are a diverse, well trained group of individuals who generously give thousands of hours each year to support hospital staff and patients. Our Volunteer program is service-based, which means that our volunteers provide service to the hospital without the expectation of personal benefit beyond the intangible benefits of service.
The Volunteer program is not:
- A job-training program
- An internship program
- A medical shadowing program
- Be 16 years or older
- Commit to a minimum of one shift per week for at least six months of continuous service, and a total minimum commitment of 100 hours
- Pass a background check
- Be in good general physical and mental health
- Have no criminal record
- Submit a completed Volunteer Application & Health Clearance form
Please review the program information, including Volunteer FAQs, Becoming a Hospital Volunteer, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Volunteer with our Foundation
Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting all the work we do at Children's Hospital Oakland. Raising millions of dollars every year, the Foundation is a large part of our success as a hospital and pediatric research center. Several volunteer opportunities exist through the Foundation, ranging from planning our annual events and fundraisers to helping run the office itself. The focus here is less on patient care and more on finding ways to create a sustainable and lasting gift for the future—and that requires your help. At Children's Hospital Oakland, we really are strengthened by the people who support every facet of what we do.
If you'd like to become part of this incredible movement, visit the Children’s Hospital Foundation website for more information.
Children's Hospital Auxiliary: The Branches
Children's Hospital Branches has been in operation since 1914, and stands as the oldest supporter of medical services and pediatric research in the Oakland community. Branches is actually a network of dozens of separate volunteer groups, all of which work together to advance the goals of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. This is done through community outreach, child advocacy, and fundraising efforts that amount to over $1 million every year. What is unique about Branches is that it is a primarily female-based organization, and has been since its start. More than 450 members currently participate, and their work has brought life to many of our direct care and research programs.
More: Children's Hospital Oakland Branches