Ways to Give

Volunteer Opportunities

The Heart of Helping

We believe the measure of a person is deeply rooted in their values, and the measure of an organization, deeply rooted in its people.

At St. Mary, volunteers have been at the heart of the hospital's healing mission for nearly half a century.

This indispensable group of caring, dedicated women, men and young people touch the lives of our patients and the fabric of our organization with their commitment to Compassion, Dignity, Excellence, Justice and Integrity in the High Desert communities we serve.

We recently awarded our 2017 junior volunteer scholarships to three fantastic High Desert high school seniors. Learn more about the winners and how you can assist future community leaders through this scholarship program.

Why Volunteer?

There are many reasons to become a volunteer at St. Mary.

Our volunteers tell us why:

  • Feel fulfilled by giving something special back to their community - themselves!
  • Enjoy sharing valuable skills and life experiences to help others.
  • Compliment and support various departments with their talents.
  • The ability to give back to the community through the rapidly changing health care world.
  • Offer empathy, compassion and support to those they encounter.
  • Make new friends with similar values and interests.
  • Feel appreciated as a valued member of the hospital family.

Many Ways to Be Involved

The opportunities for volunteers at St. Mary are as varied and interesting as our volunteers themselves.

Here are a few of the ways our volunteers help:

  • Front Desk Ambassador: Front desk volunteers are true ambassadors of St. Mary, and very often represent our guest’s first impression of our ministry. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, gain incredible customer service experience, escort family members to their destination, deliver flowers and make a significant difference in people’s lives by providing them a comforting welcome in an otherwise stressful time.
  • Gift Shop: Our gift shop is run top to bottom by our dedicated volunteers from shipping and receiving, stocking, ordering, displaying and cashiering. Be a part of a team that maintains a pleasant relationship with the customers and help run an efficient and smooth operation while ensuring a good relationship with our guests; provide service in finding merchandise for customers; and the handling of sales.
  • Care Ambassador: Care ambassadors visit patients and offer a warm welcome; provide necessary hospital toiletries, magazines, help with ordering meals; offer information to patients regarding various hospital services. They have the opportunity to work collaboratively with unit RNs, Supervisors and Team Leaders to identify opportunities to improve the patient experience.
  • Shuttle Driver: The shuttle drivers provide transportation for patients, visitors, and associates to and from the parking lots and hospital. Customer service is of utmost value and drivers work directly with the Department of Public Safety. Requires DMV print out of driving record, copy of valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Clerical Support: For volunteers who have specific clerical talents such as typing, power point presentations, data inputting, pie charts, etc., the volunteer services department can utilize your services. You would volunteer directly with the Director of Volunteer Services.

Our Invitation to You

St. Mary Medical Center welcomes men, women and young people of all backgrounds and abilities as its volunteers.

We have an active Junior Volunteer program for those between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteer in various departments throughout the medical center.

We are seeking new members who possess a willingness to spread joy and warmth and who care about others and their community.

The first step in becoming a St. Joseph Health, St. Mary volunteer is to read our introduction letter for interested volunteers then download an application.

Once you have completed this pre-application form it can be emailed to us at StMary.Volunteer@stjoe.org or mailed to the address below. We will contact you regarding the possibility of volunteering at St. Mary within 7 to 10* business days of receipt of your pre-application.

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary
Volunteer Services
18300 Highway 18
Apple Valley, CA 92307

Application Process:

  • All applications are reviewed by Director, Volunteer Services (DVS)
  • We review each application received and work to match your interests, background, motivation, availability and previous experience with our needs.
  • We will notify you for a possible interview within 7 to 10* business days of receipt of application. All others will be notified via e-mail.
  • Junior volunteers: Due to the high demand of this program, we have a waiting list of about a year.

Clearance on the following after the interview:

  • Background check (2-3 weeks, Adults only)
  • Health Assessment and immunizing screening, which includes Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing (two), and labs. For those with a history of positive TB skin test, a chest x-ray will be ordered.
  • Picture for badge.
  • All must attend an all day hospital orientation (on a Monday).
  • Junior Volunteers: Orientation is usually in the spring and fall and in the evenings. You will be notified via e-mail and/or mail.

Following orientation you will need to complete online computer training regarding St. Mary policies and procedures.

*Note: Holidays, educational seminars and vacations will delay the process.

If you would like to speak to a volunteer representative, please call us at (760) 242-2311 extension 6570 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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