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Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to help your community. At St. Mary's, volunteers are vital to our patients, visitors and staff. So why not dedicate your time and talents to serving others for a few hours a week? It can lift people's spirits - including your own.

If you have four hours a week to donate your time to those in need, have we got a job for you! In becoming a part of the Volunteer Program at St. Mary's, you will join a team of dedicated people delivering the highest quality patient care. It is our belief that working together as a team sharing a common objective of excellent service has earned St. Mary's the recognition of being one of the finest health care providers in the Bay Area.

Why Volunteer?

It's healthy. People who help their communities help themselves to a heightened sense of well-being and improved mental and general health. Studies have shown that people who volunteer tend to be healthier and happier - a higher quality of life comes with staying active and involved in our community.

It's rewarding. Health care volunteers have the opportunity to help out during difficult or even critical times in peoples lives, particularly when extra support and friendship can make a world of difference.

It's educational and fun. Volunteering in health care gives us an opportunity to learn about healthy lifestyles and also take advantage of many services and programs offered.


Volunteer must be at least 16 years old and be able to commit to 100 hours of service over a 6 month period

How can I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application and a background check authorization and then mail them to:

St. Mary's Medical Center
c/o Volunteer Department
450 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

When your application has been received and reviewed, you will receive an invitation letter to attend a 2 hour New Volunteer Orientation. After that session, you will sign-up for a one-on-one interview with Volunteer Services staff.

Once you are accepted, you will be instructed to obtain a health screening for Tuberculosis provided free by St. Mary's. You will also receive a photo I.D. badge and place a deposit on a volunteer uniform available through the Volunteer Office.


When you volunteer your time you will help make a difference in the lives of individuals in your community. St. Mary's volunteers offer their time and expertise to help and serve others fullfilling the medical center's mission. Beyond the personal rewards of helping others, St. Mary's also offers the following benefits to it's volunteers:

  • Free parking during your hours of volunteer service
  • 20% discount on meals in the cafeteria
  • Free coffee or tea while volunteering
  • Free annual flu shot
  • An invitation to our annual volunteer recognition event and other medical center social events throughout the year
Volunteer Positions

As a St. Mary's Medical Center volunteer, you will play an important role in the success of the hospital. St. Mary's has long honored the dedication and compassion of its many volunteers. Nearly 250 volunteers perform a variety of duties to assist hospital personnel and patients.

Listed below is a partial list of ways you can serve:

Ambassador Program
St. Mary's Ambassadors know the best stories about the hospital's rich history and are experts assisting our visitors to their desired destination.

Clerical Volunteers
Whether it's filing, data entry, assisting with mailings, or filling a range of special needs, clerical volunteers help keep the health center running around the clock.

Gift Shop
If you like to shop, have we got the job for you! Retail staff in our gift shop provide an important service for patients, families and visitors. Have fun and help make a difference. All profits are donated to the hospital.

Information Desk

Information desk volunteers meet and greet visitors and patients from around the world, answering questions, providing information and directing visitors.

Sign-up Application

We appreciate your interest in volunteering at St. Mary's Medical Center. Currently, our greatest need for volunteers is late afternoon, early evening and on weekends. However we do have openings Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To sign up or to get more information about volunteering, please call Volunteer Services at (415) 750-5646.  You can also print and complete an application and a background check authorization and then mail or bring them to Volunteer Services at:

450 Stanyan Street, Lobby Level
San Francisco, CA 94117

The Volunteer Services Department is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join our Team!

Become a volunteer. St. Mary's volunteers come from all walks of life. Whether you are a professional or a homemaker, retired or work full-time, a teacher or a student, St. Mary's needs your skills and talents. Anyone 14 years or older, may volunteer on weekdays, weekends or evenings.


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St. Mary's Medical Center San Francisco
450 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
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