Thank you for exploring volunteer opportunities at Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC). Whether you're a retiree who likes new challenges, a busy professional with a desire to make a difference or a student who wants to learn more about the world of healthcare, we encourage you to consider volunteering.
Volunteerism may be defined as contributing one's time or talents for charitable, educational, social, political, or other worthwhile purposes, usually in one's community, freely and without regard for compensation. Since the seventeenth century, Americans have shaped their nation by their voluntary efforts: providing services, organizing political action, caring for the poor, reaching out to the disadvantaged, providing education, ensuring equality and civil rights for all citizens, and working for change. At OIC, we count on volunteers. You make a difference! Thank you for considering giving your time to OIC.
Unique opportunities are available in a variety of departments including patient care, research labs, urgent care, physical therapy, outpatient clinics, thrift shop and more. Individuals who speak both English and Spanish are especially needed.
Programs and Requirements
Designed for retirees, working individuals and others who are not currently attending school.
All high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are welcome.
- Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and must commit to a minimum of 100 hours per year.
- All volunteers must provide documentation of a recent TB test result (from within the last 90 days). If you have not fulfilled this requirement, the Volunteer Department will arrange for you to receive a TB test through our Urgent Care Department at no charge to you. If you prefer, you may see your own primary care provider but the cost is then your responsibility.
- All volunteers must attend an orientation and training session where you will learn the history and mission of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, receive important information about Fire Safety, Patient Confidentiality, Infection Control and learn about the available volunteer placements. Please call the Volunteer Department to schedule an orientation. Volunteer Orientations are held the last Wednesday of the month. There is no Volunteer Orientation in the months of April, August, November, or December. There is a special Youth Volunteer Orientation held every June, to prepare for the summer youth volunteer program. Contact the Volunteer Services Department for the exact dates of orientations.
- Prior to Volunteer Orientation, an interview with a member of the Volunteer Department will be arranged where you will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one regarding your interests in volunteering.
- Volunteers must be available to schedule volunteer hours Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There are no weekend or evening volunteer opportunites available.
Locations and Contact
Location of the Volunteer Office
The Volunteer Services Department is located on the on the 3rd floor of the Lowman Building at 403 West Adams Boulvard, Los Angeles. Please follow the signs located in the 3rd floor elevator lobby to the Volunteer Office.
For additional information about becoming an Orthopaedic Institute for Children volunteer or the date of the next Volunteer Orientation, please contact Danielle Hockwald, Assistant Director, Volunteer Services at 213-742-1532.
Read about our annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards event here and here.