Become a Volunteer?

Volunteer at Los Gatos?

We are always accepting applications from those who wish to serve as spiritual Care volunteers at either our Mountain View or Los Gatos campus. training programs are scheduled on as needed basis.

Spiritual Care Volunteers assist the hospital’s professional Spiritual Care Coordinator by making assigned rounds to patients, families and staff. The volunteer becomes an additional referral source to alert the Spiritual Care Coordinator of follow-up needs a patient or family may have. Our goal is to create an environment where spiritual, emotional and physical healing can occur.

The Volunteer …

  • Offers empathetic listening and supportive presence
  • Offers prayer and/or appropriate readings only when mutually agreed upon by the patient and/or family
  • Notifies the patient’s faith community if the patient so desires and grants permission
  • Documents observations made and any actions taken, or follow-up needs on cards filed on the Spiritual Care office
  • Communicates to Spiritual Care Coordinator any pertinent observations.

The Volunteer does not …

  • Give advice or proselytize
  • Attempt to “fix” the patient’s problems
  • Become involved in the patient’s physical care
  • Become involved in legal or ethical issues or promote his/her own religious beliefs
  • Share his/her own personal problems, emotional needs, or health experiences

The process of becoming a volunteer includes …

  • Completing a Spiritual Care Volunteer application
  • Interview with the Spiritual Care Coordinator
  • Health Screening
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Orientation including 8 classroom hours and 8 hours of practicum
  • Being a member of a faith community
  • Making a 6 month commitment of consistent service
  • Being at least 21 years of age

Volunteers are welcome from all faiths. An application and interview process are required prior to acceptance to the volunteer program. Accepted volunteers are required to attend training sessions and work with experienced volunteers before serving. A commitment of two hours per week for a six-month period is also required.  More information on becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer is available here or by contacting our Spiritual Care office in Mountain View (650-988-7568) or Los Gatos (408-866-3860).

More information:

For Mountain View:

The Rev. Maryellen Garnier
Chaplain & Spiritual Care Coordinator
El Camino Hospital
O: 650.988.7568

For Los Gatos:

The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson
Chaplain & Spiritual Care Coordinator
El Camino Hospital Los Gatos
O: 408.866.3860

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