Share Your Time and Talent to Make a Difference

At OIC, we create meaningful opportunities for our volunteers. After all, we wouldn’t be where we are today without their dedicated service. Volunteering at OIC is rewarding, impactful, and flexible, whether you’re interested in a one-time commitment, part-time or regular basis as a team, with a buddy or solo.


Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteer opportunities are designed for those seeking a range of experiences whether you’re a retiree, working individual, college or high school student or someone wanting to make an impact. A variety of opportunities are available including supporting our research labs, urgent care, orthopedic rehabilitation, patient recreation, outpatient clinics, welcome desk, Ozzie’s Café, special events and more. Individuals who speak both English and Spanish are especially needed.

Contact Michael Willis at michaelwillis@mednet.ucla.edu or (213) 742-1532.

Student Volunteers

If you’re a student who wants to learn more about the world of healthcare, we encourage you to become one. Our student volunteers come from several high schools and colleges throughout the city including Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School, Loyola High School, USC and UCLA. All high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are welcome to join our team of volunteers.

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The Charitable Children’s Guild

OIC’s first support group

The Charitable Children’s Guild was founded in 1911 in support of Dr. Charles LeRoy Lowman’s pioneering care for children with crippling conditions. Since then, The Guild has given nearly $10 million to OIC. The Guild has made the future better by helping children through volunteer and financial support which has significantly strengthened the programs at OIC. The Guild and its energetic auxiliaries focus their attention on ensuring that children get the orthopedic medical care they need to get the most out of life, continuing the legacy of hope and promise left by Dr. Lowman. Since the Guild began, no child has ever been turned away from OIC for financial reasons.

The Auxiliaries of Charitable Children’s Guild include: La Cańada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild, Las Amigas de Las Lomas, Los Amigos, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de Las Madrecitas, and Las Vecinas. These groups coordinate annual signature events such as a book and author luncheon, Evergreen Ball, fashion show and more to help raise over thousands of dollars for our pediatric patients at OIC.

The Searchlighters

Volunteers committed to OIC’s medical research and education

The Searchlighters provide funding for cutting edge research and for training superb doctors today, so that better and more effective treatments will be in place for children tomorrow. By focusing on medical research and education, the Searchlighters help OIC stay one step ahead.

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Experience the hearts and souls of our volunteers

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Our Patient Stories

To us, a successful patient story is when a child is making the right progress to reach that all-important goal: to walk, run and play just like any other child. When you give, you help make this a reality. Together, we are helping kids be kids again.

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Give to OIC

Donations make an immediate impact. Every dollar you give betters a child’s life with musculoskeletal disorders and strengthens the life of our community.

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OIC’s volunteers are dedicated to helping children

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and must commit to a minimum of 100 hours in their lifetime.
  • All volunteers must provide documentation of a recent tuberculosis test result (from within the last 90 days).
  • All volunteers must attend an orientation and training session where you will learn the history and mission of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, receive important information about Fire Safety, Patient Confidentiality, Infection Control and learn about the available volunteer placements. Volunteer Orientations are held in the months of February, June, and October. Contact the Volunteer Services Department at for the exact dates of orientations.
  • Prior to Volunteer Orientation, a telephone interview with a member of the Volunteer Department will be arranged where you will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one regarding your interests in volunteering.
  • Volunteers must be available to schedule volunteer hours Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There are no weekend or evening volunteer opportunities available.

Contact Michael Willis, Manager of Volunteer Services & Community Outreach, at michaelwillis@mednet.ucla.edu or (213) 742-1532 for more details.

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