We have a diverse group of volunteers from all walks of life having one thing in common, a BIG "heart."
In 1952 the Service League Volunteer organization was founded at Salinas Valley Memorial. As the program grew, a department of Volunteer Services was developed in 1957. Hospital volunteers provide support services for many programs and activities, which include Patient Services, LIFELINE, Telecare, Hospital Tours, Medical History Museum, Tours, Student Volunteer Career Pathway Program, Pet Therapy, Patient Ambassadors, Medical Adventure Camp, Summer Health Institute, and Gift Shop operations.
In addition, the Volunteer Services department supports the efforts of many other hospital volunteer groups such as Spiritual Care Volunteer Visitors program, the Regional Occupational Program Job Shadowing Program, and Student Volunteer and Intern programs. Many of the services we provide would not be possible without the volunteers who commit their time to helping others.
There is a place for anyone who wishes to give their time toward our volunteer services, projects or programs. Please call us at 755-0772 or complete an application on line.
Where you can help!
Did you know that our Volunteer Service Department has specially trained volunteers and Service League members who can help you give that extra measure of care and comfort to patients? Here are just some of the services available.
Patient Comfort Ambassadors offer patient visitation, light touch hand and foot massage, aromatherapy, and delivery of comfort pillows and magazines.
Wayfinders direct and accompany visitors and patients where they need to go in the hospital.
Pet Therapy Volunteer along with their certified Therapy Dogs International-certified companion, visit with patients and family members.
Spiritual Care volunteers provide non-denominational spiritual care to patients and families.
No One Dies Alone volunteers offer support to patients who are at life's final stage, if family is unavailable or needs a break.
Cuddler's Program volunteers work with the tiniest of patients to provide comfort and care, when family is unavailable or needs respite.