Application Process for General Volunteers

Things to Consider Before Volunteering with VFC

  • Time Commitment: We require a commitment one shift per week  (each of which is 3-4 hours) per month for a minimum of 6 consecutive months. Some volunteer and internship positions may have additional requirements depending on the role and the Clinic’s needs.
  • Commute: The Los Angeles area can pose some challenges when is comes to daily commute. Please consider our locations relative to where you would be commuting from. We suggest that volunteers travel no more than 15-20 miles for any weekly commitment.
  • Schedule: Please review your schedule and ensure that you have blocks of 4-5 hours available to volunteer with Venice Family Clinic during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) as we only have some evening shifts available at some locations for some roles.
  • Shadowing: We DO NOT offer shadowing opportunities for volunteers nor interns.
  • Technology Skills: Between our electronic medical records, patient portal, and everyday use of Microsoft Suite, it is imperative that all volunteers are VERY confident in their computer skills. If you are not computer savvy, please note that we still have rewarding opportunities through which you can get involved:

Venice Art Walk: This is the clinic’s biggest annual fundraiser of the year! Raising more than $800k, this event required the help of over 400 volunteers and we would love to have your help. The 2018 Venice Art Walk is set for Sunday, May 20th. To get involved, please sign up here:

Pediatric Literacy Program: Promote early literacy by engaging children in our waiting room and inspiring them to make reading and education fun and accessible. To get involved, please follow the application process that is outlined below.


Upcoming Volunteer Info Sessions: (2pm-3:30pm)

Tuesday, Jan. 9th – RSVP for the Info Session HERE
Monday, Feb. 5th
Tuesday, Mar. 6th
Monday, Apr. 2nd
Tuesday, May 1st
Monday, Jun. 4th
Tuesday, Jul. 10th
Monday, Aug. 6th
Tuesday, Sep. 4th
Monday, Oct. 1st
Tuesday, Nov. 6th
Tuesday, Dec. 4th

How do I sign up for future Info Sessions?  Potential volunteers are allowed to RSVP for the next available Info Session no more than one month in advance.

How can I get started as a volunteer? We ask that all volunteers attend a Volunteer Info Session before applying to our program. Here, you will learn about the different services Venice Family Clinic provides to our community and how you might be able to help as a volunteer. After the Info Session, those that are interested in continuing in the on-boarding process are provided a link to the Volunteer Application and instructions on how to sign up for a Registration Day. During your Registration Day, you will submit all the necessary paperwork and medical requirements. Note: Not all of our volunteer opportunities are currently recruiting volunteers. At each orientation, the current volunteer needs will be presented. Attending an Info Session, submitting an application, or attending a Registration Day DOES NOT GUARANTEE you a position with Venice Family Clinic. Volunteer placement is based on the Clinic’s needs and the individuals fitness for our programs.

When should I attend an Info Session?  We encourage anyone that is interested in volunteering with Venice Family Clinic to attend our Info Sessions.  If you are not yet available to commit to a weekly schedule but you are interested in getting started several months down the line, please plan to attend an Info Session within 1 month of your planned start date.

How long before I can start volunteering?  Your official start date varies depending on the Clinic’s needs, your role preferences, your availability, and your ability to complete the required forms. Volunteers have started within one week of their Info Sessions while most volunteers begin within one month of their Info Session.

Info Session Location and Instructions: Location: Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center 2509 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 Please plan to arrive on time, as tardy volunteers will not be admitted into the Information Session. Parking is free on our lot. The Santa Monica Blue Bus Line 7 stops (Pico Blvd. & 26th St.) in front of our clinic for your convenience. When you come in, tell the security desk you are here to meet with the Volunteer Department. This is an informal information session, so there is no need to bring any documentation with you at this time. No latecomers will be admitted to the Info Session. Doors will close promptly at the start of each session.

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