Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center


Volunteer Services

The mission of the Volunteer Services Department is to provide quality support services to our members, visitors, and staff in the Kaiser San Diego and to our local communities.

Our volunteers include men and women 14 years of age and older, and represents the culturally diverse community which forms our customer service area. Many volunteers are Kaiser Permanente members, and all share a strong desire to help and a willingness to serve where they are most needed.

Volunteers are selected, placed and trained based on their skills, abilities and service orientation without regard for race, religion, national origin, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference or medical condition.

Kathy Roper
Director, Volunteer Services

Community Volunteerism

Employee and physician volunteering in the community
Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians engage in the community by volunteering their time and expertise. Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status can post volunteer opportunities on an internal Kaiser Permanente website in order to engage employees and physicians by completing this form: New Project Submission Form San Diego

Employees and physicians with a NUID can log on to kpcares.org to post, view or register for volunteer activities.

View a short video of Kaiser Permanente San Diego employees and physicians volunteering their time at Saturday Surgery Day.

Giving back through blood donation
According to the American Association of Blood Banks, you could save up to three lives with just one donation. With one simple act, you can help a cancer patient beat the odds, increase a premature baby's chance to be healthy, and give an accident victim the strength to survive. So take some time on your way to work, after work or on your next day off and become a hero.

In general, you're eligible to donate blood if you:

You can make a donation at our local Blood Donor Center (next to SDMC), located at 6511 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, CA 92120, (619)528-6555.

Blood drives at your place of employment, church, or club can also be arranged.

Platelet donors and donors of other blood components needed
You may donate platelets for a specific relative or friend or for any patient in need. Platelets are cells in your body which help form clots to control bleeding. Platelets expire in just five days and are regularly in short supply. Children being treated for leukemia, premature infants and children requiring heart surgery need your platelets. So do adults undergoing cancer treatment, organ transplants, trauma and open-heart surgery. You may also choose to donate red cells or plasma.

To schedule an appointment or learn more, please contact the Kaiser Permanente Blood Donor Center at 619-528-6555 or email us at blooddonor@kp.org. We are located at 6511 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, CA 92120 (in the Vons Shopping Center adjacent to the San Diego Medical Center campus off of Zion Avenue).