Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to help your community. At St. Mary's, volunteers are vital to our patients, visitors, and staff. So why not dedicate your time and talents to serving others for a few hours a week? It can lift people's spirits, including your own.

By volunteering at St. Mary's, you will join a team of dedicated people delivering the highest quality patient care. It is our belief that working together as a team and sharing a common objective of excellent service has earned St. Mary's  recognition of being one of the finest health care providers in the Bay Area.

Why Volunteer?

It's healthy. People who help their communities help themselves to a heightened sense of well-being and improved mental and general health. Studies have shown that people who volunteer tend to be healthier and happier—a higher quality of life comes with staying active and involved in our community. 

It's rewarding. Health care volunteers have the opportunity to help out during difficult or even critical times in people’s lives, particularly when extra support and friendship can make a world of difference. 

It's educational and fun. Volunteering in health care gives us an opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyles and also take advantage of many services and programs offered.

What Are The Volunteer Benefits?

When you volunteer your time you will help make a difference in the lives of individuals in your community. St. Mary's volunteers offer their time and expertise to help and serve others fulfilling the hospital’s mission. Beyond the personal rewards of helping others, St. Mary's also offers the following benefits to its volunteers:

  • Free parking during your hours of volunteer service
  • 20 percent discount on meals in the cafeteria
  • Free coffee or tea while volunteering
  • Free annual flu shot

What Volunteer Positions Are Available?

As a St. Mary's Medical Center volunteer, you will play an important role in the success of the hospital. St. Mary's has long honored the dedication and compassion of its many volunteers. Nearly 250 volunteers perform a variety of duties to assist hospital personnel and patients.

Here are just some of the ways you can help:

Information Desk

Information desk volunteers meet and greet visitors and patients from around the world, answer questions, provide information, and direct visitors.

Clerical Volunteers

Whether it's filing, data entry, assisting with mailings, or other needs, clerical volunteers help keep the health center running around the clock.

Clinical Areas

These are some of the clinical areas where volunteers can make a difference for our patients, families, and staff.

  • Eucharistic Ministry
  • Nursing Floors
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology
  • Research
  • Sister Mary Philippa Clinic
  • Surgery Waiting Rooms

Gift Shop 

If you like to shop, have we got the job for you! Retail staff in our gift shop provide an important service for patients, families, and visitors. Have fun and help make a difference. All profits are donated to the hospital.

Volunteer Orientations

8/6 – 8/9
8/12 – 8/16
NVO – Saturday, 8/31
Location: BOARD CONF. RM
9/16 – 9/20
NVO – Wednesday 9/25
Location: Cardiology Conf. Rm
10/14 – 10/18
NVO – Wednesday, 10/23
Location: Cardiology Conf. Rm

11/12 – 11/15
NVO Thursday, 11/21
Location: Cardiology Conf. Rm
12/2 – 12/6
NVO Saturday, 12/14
Location – BOARD CONF RM
*All dates are subject to change.

How Can I Volunteer?

St. Mary's volunteers come from all walks of life. Whether you’re a professional or a homemaker, retired or work full-time, a teacher or a student, St. Mary's needs your skills and talents. 

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and be able to commit to 100 hours of service over a six-month period. Most volunteer shifts are once a week, 3-4 hours in length and are scheduled weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application and a background check authorization and then mail them to:

St. Mary's Medical Center
c/o Volunteer Department
450 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

When your application has been reviewed, you will receive an invitation letter to attend a three-hour New Volunteer Orientation. After that session, you will sign-up for a one-on-one interview with Volunteer Services staff.

Once on board, you will be asked to get a free health screening for tuberculosis by St. Mary's. You will receive a photo ID and a uniform to be provided through the Volunteer Office.

Please call Volunteer Services at (415) 750-5646.