Become a Hospital Volunteer

Volunteer with us! Dedicated volunteers are an integral part of the team at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. In return for your commitment of volunteering four hours a week, you receive training, support, complimentary meals and the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference in the lives of so many here at the hospital and within our San Luis Obispo community.

Volunteer Opportunities

We encourage you to choose areas of opportunity that interest you the most. However, volunteers are especially needed for the front desk and gift shop.

  • Front desk: Front desk duties for volunteers include greeting patients and visitors to the hospital, giving directions or escorting them to a specific area, delivering flowers and newspapers and attending to the hostess cart. Volunteers at the front desk also act as a liaison to the surgical department. An evening shift is available for those looking to volunteer later in the day from 4:30-8 p.m. The evening shift is primarily geared toward college students.
  • The Gift Shop: The Gift Shop is sponsored and staffed by volunteers. All proceeds are used by the nonprofit organization for scholarships and special projects. 
  • Cuddler Program: The Cuddler Program at Sierra Vista gives volunteers a great opportunity to aid in the development of premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As a volunteer in this program, your goal will be to support the nursing staff and patients' families with loving hands and a gentle presence. Volunteers must be mature, responsible and comfortable holding premature infants. Due to the amount of interest in this program, no new volunteers are currently being accepted into this position.
  • Emergency services: Volunteers work closely with emergency department doctors and staff in providing support and compassionate care to patients and their families. This program is ideal for those with an interest in the day-to-day operations of a medical center emergency department. Due to the amount of interest in this program, no new volunteers are currently being accepted into this position.
  • Special projects: Other projects that volunteers often help out with include assisting with blood drives, knitting/crocheting baby hats for the NICU, assisting with clerical needs, making tray favors and welcoming cards and setting up for special events.

All volunteers are asked to make a one-year commitment to the program, with special consideration taken for student schedules. Volunteers are required to attend a hospital orientation and be tested for tuberculosis.

For more information on this active and progressive group of hospital volunteers, call the front desk at (805) 546-7780 or stop by the main lobby of the hospital to pick up an application.