Volunteers

The heart of a volunteer cannot be replicated. They bring comfort and joy to those being cared for during difficult times of hospitalization. Our volunteers are acutely aware that the individuals in our hospital beds aren’t just patients: they’re family, friends and neighbors in need of a helping hand. Our volunteers often describe the work they perform as both fulfilling and heartwarming. Through the work they do and joy they bring to patients, visitors and staff, volunteers truly capture our mission of “Living God’s love by inspiring, health, wholeness and hope.” The selfless individuals who give their time, energy and talents to our community hospital embody the best humanity has to offer. We are thrilled you’re considering becoming part of our team.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Increased sense of community and sharing your skills with others.
  • Committing to help build something bigger than yourself.
  • Partnership with your local hospital to contribute to high-quality healthcare in your community.
  • Complimentary meal at the Café on the day of your shift.
  • Complimentary annual flu vaccine and TB testing.

Volunteer opportunities at Adventist Health include:

  • General Assistance:
    • Volunteers provide:
      • Non-medical assistance to patients and their families.
      • Support the need of the department to allow the medical team to focus on patient care.
      • Assist in non-direct patient care office areas.
  • The Gift Gallery: The boutique-style gift shop at Adventist Health Bakersfield and Delano is where volunteers help customers find that special gift or delicious snack.
  • Hospice: Volunteers support our patients by assisting in the business office or making personal visits to our patients’ homes.
  • ER Angels: Volunteers help ease stressful situations that can arise from an ER visit. The volunteers for this program will offer non-medical assistance to patients and their families, allowing ER staff to focus on patient care.
  • Pet Therapy Program: Volunteers and their certified therapy dogs provide comfort and puppy love visiting with our patients, visitors and staff.

Prospective Volunteers

Are you ready to volunteer and become a part of our AH Team? Please review the following requirements:

  • Commit to four hours per week for a minimum of six months
  • Authorize a background check
  • Complete orientation/compliance training
  • Agree to have a Tuberculous Test (TB skin test, TSPOT/blood draw or chest x-ray)
  • Provide your immunization record
  • Agree to receive the annual flu vaccine during flu season
  • Provide verification of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine series, including a booster
  • You must be able to wear a surgical mask throughout your time in the facility
  • You will comply with the screening and temperature assessment daily
  • You attest that you are not currently immunocompromised

Application (click here to fill out an online application)

  • You may also request an application by contacting the Volunteer Services Office list below.

Please note: It usually takes about three to four weeks to process a new volunteer applicant.

Want to know more?

Please contact the Volunteer Services office at 661-863-3552 or
email: AHKernvolunteers@ah.org

We look forward to meeting you!