Volunteer FAQ

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Why volunteer at Rancho?

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (Rancho) is an internationally recognized rehabilitation hospital. Many of our patients are adjusting to life-changing injuries, including stroke and spinal cord injuries. As a volunteer, you will serve an important role in helping patients transition back to their homes and communities.

Who are the volunteers?

Our volunteers range in ages from teenagers to retirees. Volunteers come here for a variety of reasons: exploring health careers, gaining experience for school credit, learning new skills, and contributing valuable training and experience. Despite the many differences, all of our volunteers share a common goal: helping patients recover and rehabilitate.

What are the requirements?

As a volunteer, you must be at 14 years of age, in good health, dependable, and have a strong desire to serve others. If you are working with patients, we ask that you maintain a positive, cheerful attitude, be sensitive towards others, and be willing to learn and grow.

What do volunteers do?

Rancho volunteers provide a wide range of assistance, including patient-related care, research, and clerical assignments. There are several departments that need volunteers:

  • Health Sciences Library
  • Hospital school
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Thrift shop

Assignments are made to meet your interests as well as the needs of the medical center. Morning, afternoon, or evening hours and weekdays or weekends may be requested to meet your scheduling needs.

What are the rewards of volunteering?

Volunteers gain many rewards through their work:

  • Feeling of being needed
  • Gaining marketable experience for future employment
  • New friends and companions
  • Participation may meet school requirements for community service
  • Receiving on-the-job training if you are exploring new career horizons
  • Recognition for achieving specific milestones of service
  • Self-satisfaction from sharing a bit of yourself for the benefit of others

For more information, contact:

Debbie Tomlinson
Director, Volunteer Services
Phone: (562) 385-7651