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Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Need a quiet place to study?
Consider a volunteer post at the East Campus.


When you’re under the weather, nothing feels better than comfort food. As a volunteer for our baking program, you will have the opportunity to bake cookies, muffins, and more. Once you’re finished in the kitchen, you can share your goodies fresh out of the oven. Patients, families and staff feel extra special when someone goes to the trouble of making something just for them. The baking program is a perfect way to show you care. Certified Food Handler’s Training is required and offered once you’ve selected the program.

Minimum age: 16-years-old
Hours: Flexible



The stress of being in the hospital can be intense. There are times when getting lost in a good book, magazine, or DVD is just what the doctor ordered. Perhaps the patients would like to write a letter to a friend or family member. You can take the activity cart directly to the patients' bedsides to provide a positive distraction during their hospital stay. If you enjoy making new friends, volunteering with the activity cart is the perfect way to spend time with the East Campus patients.

Minimum age: 14-years-old
Hours: Flexible



Do you enjoy an occasional dig in the dirt? If so, you may be the perfect volunteer to participate in our horticulture therapy program. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a green thumb to be part of this special volunteer assignment. Not only is gardening fun, it also has fantastic healing effects for patients. You will work with patients one-on-one to develop their own personal gardening project.  If you prefer gardening on a larger scale, you can help maintain our therapy garden in your free time by coming to water, weed, or plant seasonal plants.

Minimum age: 14-years-old
Hours: Flexible



For many people, music is a key to healing the mind, body and soul. Music can take you to a million different places. We have needs for the restorative effects of music in several venues on our campus:

  • Events in the East Campus outdoor amphitheater
  • Music in the healing garden
  • Patient room visits
  • Lobby entertainment

If you enjoy sharing your musical gifts in an extra special capacity, this opportunity was meant just for you.

Minimum age: 14-years-old
Hours: Flexible



Bring your technical savvy to the table by volunteering your time at the East Campus Orthotics and Prosthetics lab. You will have the opportunity to learn how orthotics and prosthetics are made to specifically fit the needs of patients. Your expertise in office programs like PowerPoint, Excel and Word will also be crucial in documenting the project. Volunteers in this department must go through an interview with the department director to be accepted and will be chosen on an as-needed basis.

Minimum age: 16-years-old
Hours: Determined upon acceptance



Teams of specially trained volunteers and their dogs are available for visitations to patients in rehabilitation units. With a physician’s approval, patients can request a PAWS visit and delight in the dogs that have been veterinarian-screened and trained to work with patients. Your pet will need to be Delta Certified before entering our program.

Minimum age: Adult
Hours: Flexible, Sunday-Saturday



If your idea of a good time involves getting to know new people, chatting with friends, and lots of laughter, you may enjoy volunteering in our Recreational Therapy (RT) department. You are guaranteed a great volunteering experience because RT brings the fun activities of real life into the hospital setting. Volunteering in this department includes leading out in art groups, personal wellness groups, rehab events, and the drum circle.

Minimum age: 14-years-old
MONDAY: Grooming Group 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Movie Night 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WEDNEDAY: Wellness Group 12: 45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Cooking Group 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    &    Art Group 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Drum Circle 12:45 pm. – 2:00 p.m.



Become an active member of our volunteer team by becoming an expert in the East Campus Resource Center. You will interact with patients, patient families, visitors and staff while helping to provide vital information to those who need it most. When unexpected injuries or illnesses arise, information can bring priceless comfort to patients and their families. You will be a fundamental team member of this important source. Fantastic customer service is a must!

Minimum age: 16-years-old
Hours: 8:oo a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Weekdays and Weekends



The following projects work well if you have a group of friends or organization that’s interested in coming out to give back together!

Your group can join musical forces to bring a concert to our patients, staff and your special guests. This type of event can take place during the week or weekend. Our patients love to experience all kinds of music, and we know it helps their healing process too!  (If you are not musical but still want to be involved we can use a hand with or set-up and clean-up.)

Your group can select an art project and work on it together with our patients. This is a great activity because it gives you one-on-one time with our patients and a chance for them to express themselves artistically.

The horticulture therapy garden has been designed for patients, staff and the community to have a place to garden and connect with nature.  Digging in the dirt and being out in the fresh air goes a long way in helping our patients and staff feel relaxed and refreshed. 
We are always in need of volunteers to help us maintain our beautiful garden or even plant new seasonal plants.

Your group can also be part of volunteering for a PossAbilities special event like the annual Triathlon, the Redlands Classic and many more event-oriented activities. If you're interested in a project like this one, I'll have a PossAbilities representative give you a call with more details.

It’s a Wrap
One of our staff’s favorite events of the year, It’s a Wrap focuses solely on helping our employees de-stress during an incredibly busy season.  Your group can be a part of our gift-wrapping event where employees drop off their gifts and have them wrapped by our volunteers for free!

Christmas Lights
A great way for your group to be involved!  Join us in bringing Christmas cheer to our campus and the community by helping hang Christmas lights in our park and wrap the trees that line our main entrance. 

Blue Jeans Sabbath
On the first Saturday of every month Crosswalk Church comes to East Campus and works on a project for or with our patients.  If your group is interested in joining in this is the perfect opportunity to do an art project with a patient, join in a drum circle out in the park, or go caroling around the units.  With a different activity planned every month this volunteer option is always enjoyable! 

Employee Recognition Events (Spring and Fall) Twice a year East Campus hosts an event that focuses solely on recognizing and thanking our wonderful employees!  Your group can come and help hand out goodie bags, serve treats, or run the raffle table.  This is a fun event to be a part of and a great way to meet those who make East Campus such a special place.

Join us in welcoming the fall season!  Help us hand out treats to all of our patients and employees or work with the Recreational Therapy Department as they bring an afternoon of arts and crafts to our patients.

Normal volunteer shifts are flexible and include:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. / 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
Anytime volunteer coverage is available.

For more information, contact:

Jillian Payne, MBA
LLUMC EAST CAMPUS HOSPITAL | Community Development and Outreach
25333 Barton Road
Loma Linda, CA 92354 Office: (909) 558.6582, ext. 66582
Cell: (909) 801-9642 Pager: jpayne1 or 5991


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