Try Volunteering Before You Commit to Healthcare Career Training

student preparing to take blood sampleCan you get a taste of what it’s like to work in a healthcare environment without first committing to enrolling in a healthcare career training school?

One way you can do that is by volunteering at a local medical facility.

Through a volunteer experience, you’ll be able to:

  • Get a better understanding of healthcare working culture
  • Speak with healthcare professionals about their work experiences
  • See different healthcare professionals at work (and picture yourself in their shoes)
  • Interact with healthcare patients

By giving a little of your time you’ll gain benefits and insight that could help you decide if enrolling at a healthcare career training would be a good move for you.

San Francisco Bay Area Medical Facilities You Can Contact About Volunteer Opportunities… Before You Start Your Healthcare Career Training

The San Francisco Bay Area has many healthcare volunteering opportunities.

Here are a selection of employers (with links to their volunteer page) you can contact.

You’ll find that many of these medical facilities offer day, evening, and weekend volunteer opportunities assisting with a variety of duties across different departments.

Berkeley

The Berkeley Free Clinic
LifeLong Medical Care
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Burlingame

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

Contra Costa

Contra Costa Health Services

Daly City

Daly City Youth Health Center
Seton Medical Center

Milpitas

Alliance Occupational Medicine

Monterey

Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula

Mountain View

El Camino Hospital

Oakland

Children’s Hospital and Research Center
Asian Health Services
Charlotte Maxell Complementary Clinic
Oakland UCSF

Palo Alto

Stanford Health Care
Stanford Blood Center

San Francisco

Zuckerberg San Francisco General
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Strut
HealthRIGHT360 (Haight Ashbury Free Clinic)
UCSF Medical Center
California Pacific Medical Center
Curry Senior Center
Glide
Native American Health Center
North East Medical Services
Saint Anthony Free Medical Clinic
Saint Mary’s Medical Center
Street Outreach Services
Blood Centers of the Pacific
Kaiser Permanente
American Red Cross
Clinic by the Bay
Friends of Laguna Honda

San Francisco Bay Area

Planned Parenthood

San Jose

Kaiser Permanente
Good Samaritan Hospital
O’Connor Hospital
Asian Americans for Community Involvement

San Mateo

San Mateo Medical Center
Samaritan House

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Is there a medical facility close to you where you’d like to volunteer that’s not listed? Then why not contact that employer and find out if they have volunteer opportunities that would be a good fit for you?

Even if you don’t eventually enroll at a healthcare career training school, volunteering can still be a great benefit to you and others.

When you volunteer, you’ll also:

  • Make a difference in people’s lives
  • Give back to your community
  • Gain new skills and experience
  • ‘Punch up’ your resume with impressive work history

How does volunteering before you commit to healthcare career training sound to you?