Volunteers are people like you

As a volunteer, you enjoy the opportunity and personal satisfaction of serving as an integral member of the health care team at Riverside Community Hospital.

Volunteers are people like You! Homemakers, career-oriented, high school and college students, community members and retired professionals of all ages. Volunteers must be 16 years old or order and show COVID-19 vaccination status or have an exemption on file.

There is a wide variety of areas where RCH volunteers augment the quality of health care our hospital provides. Among the services provided by volunteers are: discharge patients, clerical work, lobby host, Baby Bump Brunch, book cart, patient care unit, information desk, messenger service and patient visitor.

Volunteer testimonials

“I volunteer to give back to the community and to make a different in patient’s lives.  I love knowing I’m doing something productive with my time and I’ve made some great friends here with other volunteers.”

— Lynda H., RCH volunteer for 5 years

“I retired and wasn’t really ready for it. I wanted to get up, get out and interact with people again. The other volunteers and staff here make me feel valuable and like I am making a difference. I enjoying working in the hospital gift shop because the money that comes in here goes right back in to the community; a circle of giving.”

— Rosalie S., RCH volunteer for 1 year

“I like to volunteer in the Auxiliary Gift Corner because I get to meet so many staff and visitors. Sometimes visitors are waiting a while to see their family or friends and they need someone to talk to; that is what we are here for. We are good listeners. I also love that the Auxiliary funds raised her help others in our community.”

— Ann R., RCH volunteer for 9.5 years

“I’ve been volunteering as the Emergency Room greeter for 4 months now and enjoy helping in this position. Many time visitors come to the ER and they are bewildered and flustered. I like being the friendly face that helps them calm down and take them to their loved one. The other volunteers here are great and I have enjoyed working with the staff as well. The security guards here are great to work with, too!”

— Marina C., RCH volunteer for 4 months

Volunteer amenities

RCH values our volunteers. Each one of our volunteers play an important role in helping achieve our vision of providing quality, compassionate care to our patients. In addition to celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week every April, RCH offers the following “perks” to our volunteers:

  • Free lunch in the cafeteria, daily
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Annual Volunteer Holiday Breakfast

We are not accepting volunteer applications at this time. Please check back in May 2024 to see if we have any openings. 

COPE Health Scholars Program

Cope Health Scholars participants participate in learning activity

A hands-on clinical and administrative experience opportunity for pre-healthcare professionals

The Health Scholars Program at Riverside Community Hospital offers pre-healthcare professionals unparalleled access to direct patient care and hospital administrative positions. Program participants become valuable members of the care team working alongside nurses, physicians and allied health professionals in clinical and administrative settings.

Program participants receive training to assist in basic patient care tasks as they rotate among different units within the hospital. Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with taking vital signs
  • Feeding patients
  • Discharging patients

Participants have the opportunity to serve in areas such as the emergency department, inpatient care units such as cardiac telemetry and behavioral health, and outpatient units including cardiac catheter lab and radiology. Participants may also assist in labor and delivery and learn about healthcare administration.

The Health Scholar Program offers:

  • Hands-on experience and education through a Keck Graduate Institute accredited course.
  • Mentorship opportunities with healthcare professionals and COPE Health Scholars staff.
  • Opportunities for entry-level hospital positions.
  • Leadership opportunities to increase professional development skills.
  • Seminars with guest speakers and healthcare panels.
  • Test-prep service discounts.
  • Attendance at networking events.
Three men in Cope Health Scholars program
Cope Health Scholars participants listen to instructor

To be successful in the program, applicants must be self-starters and motivated individuals. For more information, visit the Cope Health Scholars website.

Contact for all health scholar inquiries at Riverside Community Hospital:

Email: Email Cope Health Scholars

Phone Number: (951) 788-3139

Instagram: @IEHealthScholars