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Patients & Visitors

ECRMC Volunteers

Thank You for Supporting the Imperial Valley Community

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC). The information below should help you with any questions you may have.

Volunteer Eligibility

Junior Volunteers (Candy Stripers):

  • Meet the minimum age requirement of 15 years
  • Parental consent required for junior volunteers 15-17 years old
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Required to volunteer at least (4) hours per week, for a minimum of six (6) months
  • Required to attend all meetings
  • Required to fundraise for the ECRMC Junior Foundation

Adult Volunteers:

  • 18 and over and not in High School
  • There is no maximum age limit for an adult volunteer
  • Volunteer at least four (4) hours per week, for a minimum of six (6) months

How to Apply

Volunteer Applications can be picked up, completed and dropped off between September 1st through 30th and March 1st through 31st at the ECRMC Welcome Desk in the Main Lobby. Click here to download the Volunteer Application.

For more information or additional questions please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or call us at 760.482.5068.

Do I need to have certain qualifications if I want to be a volunteer?

We ask that volunteers are able to speak fluent English and comply with ECRMC policies and other necessary requirements-such as a background check, Tuberculosis (TB) test, influenza vaccination, and orientations. Being bilingual is always an advantage, but is not required. Junior Volunteer applicants must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and must submit most recent report card with the application.

Is there an age requirement for volunteering at ECRMC?

Yes. The minimum age requirement for volunteering is 15 and there is no maximum age limit.

Are there any health requirements for volunteering?

Yes. You will be required to complete a blood screening to test for tuberculosis, which will be free of charge. If you test positive for TB, you will be responsible to obtain and pay for chest X-rays if you wish to continue with the volunteer onboarding process. You will also be required to obtain an annual influenza vaccination.

How do I become a volunteer?

Complete and submit an application during the months of March or September and allow for time to be invited to an interview with the Volunteer Services Coordinator. If selected, you will be given instructions on the requirements to be completed.

How do I apply?

You will find a link on our website during the application period where you can download the application. You can also email Volunteer.Services@ecrmc.org and request an application. Applications are accepted and reviewed during the months of March and September.

How long does the application process take? Can I start right away?

The entire application and onboarding process typically takes 3 - 6 weeks to complete. We highly encourage applicants to complete all clearance requirements as soon as possible.

Is there a time commitment required for volunteering?

The volunteer commitment is 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months. Note that to receive verification of hours, you will need to have completed at least 48 hours of volunteer service. Please consider if you will have time to commit to at least 100 volunteer hours during the months of April - September or October - March.

Do you have volunteer opportunities just for the summer?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide short-term volunteer opportunities during the summer. The minimum commitment for volunteers at ECRMC is 6 months.

Where are volunteers placed?

Volunteers tend to be placed in patient areas, non-patient areas, areas of clerical work, departments with public contact and/or outreach, and greeter desks. Volunteers seeking to be part of the Music for Healing, Pet Therapy, and Chaplain programs must contact the Patient Relations Coordinator at Patient-Relations@ecrmc.org before applying to volunteer.

What are the volunteer schedules?

  • Junior Volunteer schedules are Monday - Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am - 12:00, 12:00 - 4:00 pm and 4:00 - 8:00 pm. 15-year-old volunteers are required to end their shift at 7:00 pm on a school night.
  • Adult Volunteer schedules are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 and 12:00 - 4:00pm. You must be available during daytime hours during the week, as the evenings and weekends are reserved for the Junior Volunteers.

Can I shadow physicians or other care providers as a volunteer?

Job shadowing is not part of the Volunteer Services Program. Contact the ECRMC Education Department at 760-370-8521 for Job Shadowing opportunities.

I am a certified Medical Assistant. Can I volunteer as an M.A.?

Volunteers cannot perform any type of clinical tasks and direct patient care, regardless of any licensure you may have, except for our supervised Career Path Program volunteers.

Do volunteers wear uniforms?

Volunteers are required to wear a designated uniform top (type depends on program) and scrub bottoms. The uniform top will be provided by the hospital, but you must provide your own bottoms.

Is volunteering a good way to get a job with ECRMC?

Although volunteerism is a great way to gain experience and learn the culture of ECRMC, it does not guarantee being offered employment at ECRMC.