“I’ve seen people who have been volunteering here for 10 and 12 years, and that says a lot about an organization and how it treats its volunteers,” says Sary Nguyen, an administrative intern in the volunteer office at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “I don’t work with patients directly, [...]

By uclahealth • April 10, 2019

“I like to see people smile,” says Margarita Espinoza, a volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I started making these tiny cakes for patient’s birthdays. The cakes are a candle with a little light and I think it helps the patients feel good. The first time I made [...]

By uclahealth • April 9, 2019

“If you have one good connection that lasts five minutes in a shift, it’s worth the three hours and rest of the week until you can come back again,” says Andrew Hersh, a child life volunteer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Also a volunteer, Syd Hersh adds, “We volunteer [...]

By uclahealth • April 7, 2019

“I will place small Tibetan bowls on the patient’s bed and have meditation music in the background to change the energy in the room,” says Lahila Oppenheimer, a sound healer and volunteer at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica in the No One Dies Alone program. “The sound of the [...]

By uclahealth • April 7, 2019

“Volunteering is something that is really rewarding and is a great experience,” says Jason Thai, a pre-med student who volunteers at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I volunteer in patient transport. Usually, I get a page or a call and help the patients go wherever they need. It’s [...]

By uclahealth • April 7, 2019

“Little did I know that there was kind of a time bomb within me,” says Michael P. Richards, a patient liaison volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center who checked into the emergency room after having trouble walking. “I was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer in March of 2014. [...]

By uclahealth • March 18, 2019

"Every volunteer in this room can do more and be more because of our partnership with the auxiliary,” says Marianne Rowan-Braun, not pictured, as she welcomes the volunteers and auxiliary members at the annual Auxiliary Volunteer Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show. “The auxiliary has a long and very visible history [...]

By uclahealth • October 31, 2018

“I’ve volunteered for more than 3,000 hours,” says John Goldrick, a volunteer at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and model in the annual Auxiliary Volunteer Luncheon and Fashion Show. All the clothes were chosen from the Auxiliary Thrift Store, whose profits benefit patients in the hospital. “I went into the Auxiliary [...]

By uclahealth • October 22, 2018

"Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound To Hawaii. Seek Immediate Shelter. This Is Not A Drill," the emergency alert read. Although it was a false alarm sent out by mistake in mid-January, the missile [...]

By Leigh Hopper • January 26, 2018

"My dad's a pediatrician and my mom is a physical therapist, so I grew up in hospitals," says Matt Elias, who has been volunteering with his 2-year-old French bulldog, Pierre, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for the past year as part of the UCLA People-Animal Connection program. "When I [...]

By uclahealth • August 7, 2017