Frequently asked questions about volunteering
The first step is to fill out the volunteer application.
After returning the application to us, you will receive a letter to schedule you for the next mandatory information session. The information sessions are held once a month, usually mid-week in the late afternoon.
What is the mandatory information session about?
At the information session you will receive information about UC Davis Health System volunteer requirements, infection control, confidentiality, hospital codes, medical legal guidelines and fire safety. Your photograph will, also be taken for your volunteer ID badge. UC Davis Health System recognizes the importance of providing a safe environment for patients, visitors, volunteers and employees. To ensure safety for all, UC Davis Health System is requiring background checks for all volunteers and employees over the age of 18.
How is my volunteer placement decided?
At the conclusion of the information session, you will be given an opportunity to sign up for a placement. It is very helpful to be aware of your scheduling conflicts and areas of interest for volunteering. Volunteer placements require a regular block of time every week.
How often do I have to volunteer?
The minimum requirement is four hours once a week for four months. Some of our departments require a minimum of six months. One or two areas ask for eight hours a week. Our hope is that you will continue beyond the minimum commitment.
What is the minimum age requirement?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. High school students will be part of our VolunTeen program.
When can I start volunteering?
After meeting all volunteer requirements, a Volunteer ID badge is issued to volunteers. At that time volunteers can start volunteering in their assigned area. All volunteers are required to wear a Volunteer ID badge at all times.