We have a diverse group of volunteers from all walks of life having one
thing in common, a desire to help others.
In 1952 the Service League Volunteer organization was founded at Salinas
Valley Memorial. As the program grew, a department of Volunteer Services
was developed in 1957. Hospital volunteers provide support services for
many programs and activities, which include Information Services, LIFELINE,
Telecare, Hospital Tours, Museum of Medical History Tours, Career Pathway
Program for student volunteers, Pet Therapy, Patient Ambassadors, Mended
Hearts Visitors, Spiritual Care Volunteers, and the
Gift Shop. In addition, the Volunteer Services Department supports health career
education through programs such as Medical Adventure Camp and Summer Health
Institute, as well as an ongoing partnership with local Regional Occupational
Programs. Many of the services we provide would not be possible without
the volunteers who commit their time to helping others.
To support our team of outstanding volunteers who make these services possible,
please contact us at 831-755-0772, email:
complete a volunteer application.
Where you can help
Did you know that our Volunteer Service Department has specially trained
volunteers and Service League members who can help you give that extra
measure of care and comfort to patients? Here are just some of the services
provided by our team of volunteers.
Lifeline Installers install 24-hour personal emergency response units in patient homes.
Patient Comfort Ambassadors offer patient visitation, light touch hand and foot massage, aromatherapy,
advance directive support, and delivery of comfort pillows and magazines.
Wayfinders direct and accompany visitors and patients where they need to go to the
hospital and assist with patient wheelchair transport.
Information Service Volunteers assist in the Main Lobby or Surgical Waiting Room to help guests with
general information and non-clinical status updates.
Pet Therapy Volunteers, along with their certified Therapy Dogs International-certified companions,
visit with patients and family members.
Emergency Department Care Partners assist patients, families, and staff with non-clinical support such as
patient rounding, stocking supplies, and wheelchair transportation.
Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center volunteers assist patients as they arrive and help make them comfortable
throughout their visit.
Administrative Services volunteers provide clerical support for various projects or specific departments,
including Employee Health, Lifeline, Volunteer Services, or Education.
Spiritual Care volunteers provide spiritual care to patients and families, specific to
the patient request.
No One Dies Alone volunteers offer support to patients who are at life's final stages
if the family is unavailable or needs a break.
Mended Hearts visitors provide support to heart patients and their families through hospital
visits or phone support.
Medical Museum volunteers guide second and third-grade students through an interactive
tour of the Medical Museum. Tours are done by appointments only.
Cuddler volunteers work with the tiniest of patients to provide comfort and care
when the family is unavailable or need respite. While our need for cuddler
volunteers is infrequent, we appreciate our team of on-call volunteers
when extra support is requested.