Volunteer

“Valentine’s Day, last year, was my first day,” grins Sophia Covey, a child life care partner volunteer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Santa Monica. “I’m a nursing major, so I was looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity with UCLA Health because they have such a good reputation. I [...]

By uclahealth • February 20, 2020
Thanksgiving 2019 will not be forgotten. I had an accident on my way to work early about 6:09 AM. It was raining and suddenly I lost control of my car. I stirred the car to the left worried I might hit a car on the right and hit the break. [...]
By Lisa • February 4, 2020

“The miracle of animals finding purpose and people finding healing is nothing short of a miracle,” believes Ellie Laks, founder of Gentle Barn and speaker during the People-Animal Connection luncheon. “After sitting here for the last two hours [...]

By uclahealth • January 30, 2020

“This is our annual holiday recognition event to honor many of our volunteers,” explains Carey McCarthy (not pictured), director of volunteers at UCLA Health. “We have some volunteers who are serving today and some people who came in special for [...]

By uclahealth • January 3, 2020

“When Santa connects with the child, you see their eyes light up and their heart open, and it’s just a sweet moment,” reflects Bob Anger, who has been wearing the red suit as Santa Claus for more than 25 years.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We host art workshops every quarter on different units of the hospital”,” explains Talya Katzman, supervisor for volunteer services at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “It’s a fun, creative way to get patients out of their [...]

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“Petting the dogs is very, very therapeutic,” explains Lindsay Kim, a registered nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We’re not curing cancer, but I know we’ve made a difference,” believes Anna Liau, a People-Animal Connection (PAC) volunteer.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“The dogs always make her smile,” reveals Lisa Salgado, mother of 26-year-old Maria Salgado. Christmas carol singing People-Animal Connection volunteers visited the Salgado family at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We sang Christmas carols with dogs, and it was really transformative,” reflects Luke Apodaca, a UCLA College of Letters and Sciences student who volunteered to help the People-Animal Connection (PAC) dog teams at

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019