Volunteer Opportunities


The Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Volunteer Services need your help! We're looking to expand our volunteer corps to be ready for the opening of the new hospital in early 2015. If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering, we have a wide vareity of opportunities.


Men and women of all ages are needed in almost every department of the hospital, including:

 •  Ambassador Program  •  Laboratory
 •  Caring Hands  •  Patient Care Volunteer
 •  Clerical Support  •  Patient / Visitor Services

 •  Compassionate Care /
 •  Pet Therapy
 •  Pre-Admit Unit
 •  Emergency Dept.  •  Surgery Waiting Area
 •  Gift Shop  •  Rehabilitation Hospital


If you're interested in applying to be a
volunteer at Santa Barbara Cottage
, please contact us at
(805) 569-7357 or volunteering@sbch.org

SBCH Application >>

GVCH Application >>

Learn about volunteering at Santa
Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital here >>


Greet and provide customer support and way-finding assistance to our patients, families, staff and visitors. Must have a warm, and out going personality and the ability to stand for several hours. (Must be 14 years or older) Daily: • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 12-4 p.m.  • 4-8 p.m.

Caring Hands

Sew teddy bears for our Emergency, Outpatient, and Eye Center departments, along with heart-shaped pillows for our heart and abdominal surgery patients.

Tuesdays:  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Clerical Support (Various departments)

Assist staff with filing, photocopying, and collating educational materials/correspondence and making chart packets. Run errands for staff as needed.

Monday - Friday:  • One shift of 4 hours; times flexible

Compassionate Care / No One Dies Alone (NODA)

Provide patient and families with a friendly visitor. Volunteers need to be self-confident and skilled in reflective listening. Additional training required. (Must be 18 years or older)

Daily  .• As needed

Emergency Department Volunteer

Assist staff with stocking supplies, running errands, preparing room, etc. (Must be 18 years or older)

Daily:  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 12-4 p.m.  • 4-8 p.m.  • 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Eye Center

Assist Eye Center staff in providing a smooth flow of care to patients by performing non-clinical, clerical, and guest relations. Under the supervision and training of personnel of the Eye Center, volunteers will provide complementary and supplementary service to the patients and staff.

Monday - Friday:  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  • 1-4 p.m.

Gift Shop

This retail boutique provides unique gifts for the convenience of patients, visitors, and staff. Volunteers are given opportunities to sell and merchandise to our customers. Must be a customer- service oriented person.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Gift Shop -  Mon-Sat:  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  • 1-4:30 p.m.
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Gift Shop -  Mon-Fri: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 


Assist with the delivery of items to the patient floors and treatment areas.


Lifeline Installer

Under the direction of the Lifeline Manager, install, change, and remove Lifeline units at the client's premises. (Must be 18 years or older)

Monday - Friday:  • Flexible hours

Patient Care Volunteer

Assist with re-stocking of supplies, interacting with patients and families, and patient discharges. (Must be 18 years or older for NICU and Pediatrics)

Daily:  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 4-8 p.m.

Patient / Visitor Services

Visit patients and provide opportunities for patients and their visitors to share their stories and interests. Essentially be a good listener and exhibit compassion.

Daily:  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 12-4 p.m.

Patient Transport

Assist staff with transporting patients between departments.

Daily:  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 12-4 p.m.  • 4-8 p.m.

Pet Assisted Therapy

Volunteers and their well-behaved dog (dog must be Therary Dog International Certified) visit patients.

Daily:  • One shift of 1 hour; times flexible

Pre-Admit Unit

Under the supervision of the Pre-Surgery Charge Nurse, coordinate the smooth flow of patients through scheduled procedures by performing non-medical, clerical and customer service duties. (Must be 18 years or older)

Monday - Friday:  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 12-4 p.m.

Surgery Waiting Area

Serve as a liaison between families in the waiting area and clinical staff in the patient recovery room. (Must be 18 years or older)

Monday - Friday:  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  • 12-4 p.m.  • 4-8 p.m.

Tray Favors

Create handmade favors for patients' meal trays. The purpose of this committee is to give our patients an expression of care and encouragement from our volunteers.

Thursdays:  • 1 -3:30 p.m.

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital

Aquatics Therapy

Assist and support the Aquatic Therapy Team and program participants under the direct supervision.

Shifts vary

Patient Care Volunteer

Assist nursing staff with various tasks including patient care and comfort

Daily:  • One shift of 4 hours; times flexible

Junior Wheelchair Camp

Help campers in recreational activities. Summer only


Contact Us

To learn more about how volunteers make a difference in people's lives, contact the Cottage Health System Volunteer Office: