Volunteer Opportunities

At St. Mary Medical Center we offer a number of volunteer programs for mature adults, collegians and high school students. Join us as a clerical volunteer, at the information desk, in the gift shop, help with patient interaction or assist hospital staff.

Download Our Volunteer Application

Auxiliary Volunteer Services

Clerical Volunteer: Assist with filing, data entry, mailings and a range of other special needs.

Information Desk: Assist visitors by providing information, answering general questions and directing visitors.

Gift Shop & Wellness Boutique: For those who love to shop, the hospital's Gift Shop & Wellness Boutique would be the place to volunteer. 

Patient Interaction: Assist hospital staff by distributing reading materials such as newspapers to patients.

Hospital Staff: Assist staff in a certain department of the hospital.

If you would like to volunteer at St. Mary Medical Center, please contact Kim Whitsett, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 562.491.9766. (Student volunteers: Please read below for different contact phone numbers.)

Health Scholar Program

The COPE Health Scholar Program, in partnership with UCLA, features a clinically-focused experience that provides unprecedented access to direct patient care. Health Scholars become valuable members of the patient care team alongside nurses, physicians, allied health professionals and administrators in inpatient, outpatient and administrative settings. Before participants rotate among different departments within the clinical site, they receive training to facilitate outpatient visits and assist with inpatient comfort care tasks such as bathing, changing and feeding patients. Health Scholars will have the opportunity to rotate through diverse areas such as an inpatient telemetry unit, the emergency department, a primary care clinic or specialty unit like same-day surgery.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Currently enrolled, accepted, or graduated from an accredited university or college

If you would like to speak with someone about the Health Scholar Extender program, please call 562.491.9413. If you are ready to fill out an online application, please visit Cope Health Scholars.

Junior Health Scholar Program

Junior Health Scholars are high school (or early admittance college) students who are interested in careers in health care. In partnership with UCLA, students receive training to assist our Health Scholars with inpatient comfort care and observe patient care delivery in action. Additionally, students gain an inside view of how physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals work together to deliver patient care. 


  • Must be 16-18 years old
  • Currently enrolled or graduated from high school

If you would like to speak with someone about the Junior Health Scholar Program, please call 562.491.9413. If you are ready to fill out an online application, please visit Cope Health Scholars.