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Volunteers

We welcome and encourage volunteers at Cottage Health. If you have four hours a week to commit, you can help in many valuable ways, whether you are retired, working or still in school. Our volunteers range in age. Junior volunteers can be as young as 14 if they are in high school. Dedication and a desire to help is all we ask.

Helping Goleta Valley & Santa Barbara Cottage Hospitals

You can sign up online to help at the new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, where we are expanding our volunteer force, as well as the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

To ask questions about assisting at either hospital, contact the Cottage Health System Volunteer Office. Call 805-569-7357 or email volunteering@sbch.org.

There are many ways for men and women to contribute. The volunteer programs below are offered at both Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, unless the listing says otherwise. Days and times for volunteer shifts are also given to help you find the right fit.

Ambassadors

Greet and give support to our patients, staff and visitors. Must have a warm, outgoing personality and be able to stand for several hours.

Daily: 8 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Aquatic Therapy

Help aquatic therapy team at Cottage Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara.

Shifts vary.

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. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to noon.

Clerical Support

Help staff with filing, photocopying and collating. Run errands as needed.

Monday to Friday: Four-hour shifts. Times flexible.

Compassionate Care / No One Dies Alone (NODA)

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

Daily, as needed.

Cottage Health Rehabilitation Patient Care

Help nursing staff with a variety of tasks including patient care and comfort at Cottage Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara.

Daily: Four-hour shifts. Flexible times.

Emergency Department Volunteer

Help staff with stocking supplies, running errands, prepping room, etc. Must be 18 years or older.

Daily: 8 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m. • 4 to 8 p.m. • 8 p.m. to midnight.

Eye Care

Help Eye Center staff with smooth flow of patient care by performing non-clinical, clerical, and guest relations duties. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only.

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

Gift Shop

Help with selling and merchandising in our retail boutique. Must be a customer-service oriented person.

  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Gift Shop – Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. • 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Gift Shop – Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Junior Wheelchair Camp

Help campers during activities with staff from Cottage Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara.

Summer.

Laboratory

Help deliver items to the patient floors and treatment areas.

Flexible hours.

Lifeline Installer

Install, change, and remove units for the Lifeline Emergency Response System at homes as directed by manager. Must be 18 or older. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only.

Monday to Friday: Flexible hours.

Patient Care Volunteer

Help with re-stocking of supplies, interacting with patients and families, and discharging patients. Must be 18 years or older to help the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatrics.

Daily: 8 a.m.to noon • 4 to 8 p.m.

Patient / Visitor Services

Provide patients and their visitors a chance to share their stories and interests. Essentially be a good listener and show compassion.

Daily: 9 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m.

Patient Transport

Help staff transport patients between departments. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only.

Daily: 8 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Pet Assisted Therapy

Bring comfort and cheer to patients by visiting with your dog. To take part, your dog must be well behaved and certified by Therapy Dogs International.

Daily: One shift of one hour. Flexible times.

Pre-Admit Unit

Under the guidance of the pre-surgery charge nurse, coordinate smooth flow of patients through scheduled procedures by doing non-medical, clerical and customer service duties. Must be 18 years or older. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only.

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m.

Surgery Waiting Area

Serve as a liaison between families in waiting area and clinical staff in patient recovery room. Must be 18 years or older. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only.

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m. • 4 to 8 p.m.

Tray Favors

Create handmade favors for patients' meal trays. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital only. Thursdays: 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Wound Management Center

Assist with flow of patients as they visit the Center for Wound Management at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to noon • noon to 4 p.m.

Helping Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

Since 1962, thousands of volunteers have supported patients, visitors and staff through the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary. To join us as a volunteer, call 805-686-3971 or email Martine Surey.

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteers serve in many areas at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital:

  • Courtesy Desk
  • Emergency Department
  • Hospital Guide
  • New-to-You Thrift Shop
  • Laboratory
  • Auxiliary Van
  • Lifeline Emergency Response System
  • Pet Therapy

The New-to-You Thrift Shop

Located at 1689 Oak Street, Solvang, the New-to-You Thrift Shop offers a fun way for our hospital volunteers to help. The SYVCH Auxiliary runs the shop with all proceeds going to the hospital to buy much needed equipment.

2015 Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Auxiliary Board of Directors

  • President Kathy Erb
  • Co-Vice Presidents Gail Landtbom and Nadine Melancon
  • Recording Secretary Pat Foxen
  • Treasurer Sharon Lewis
  • Corresponding Secretary Barbara Breza
  • Directors Phyllis Cunningham, Judy Duffy and Joann Taylor
  • Director/Past President Barbara Davidge