4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056


A: Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary operates two age-related levels of membership. High School Volunteers must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and cannot begin volunteering in their senior year. Regular Volunteers must be age 18 or above.

A: Yes. Volunteers may also participate in activities that are not on a regular schedule at the hospital. These include knitting baby caps and blankets, music therapy, pet therapy and helping with fundraisers like the annual Tails on the Trails event. Contact us for more information.

A: Being part of the Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary has many benefits. Here are just a few –

Add a new sense of belonging and involvement

  • Contribute to your community
  • Build friendships
  • Free social activities and Volunteer recognition events
  • Fundraising activities supporting Tri-City Medical Center

Advance your education and career prospects

  • Career exploration for students
  • Enhance your resume
  • Auxiliary scholarship program

Access free or discounted goods and services

  • Free annual flu shot and TB test
  • Free meal and double hours for holiday Volunteers
  • Employee discount in the Gift Shop
  • Employee discount in the Cafeteria
  • Employee discount at the Tri-City Wellness Center

A: Orientations for Regular Volunteers (age 18 and above) are held at the hospital on the second Wednesday of every month, from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Click here  to reserve your spot at the next orientation. For information on orientations for High School Volunteers visit the High School Orientation page.

A: We make every effort to place volunteers in their top choice of department. Your flexibility in days and times increases the likelihood of your getting your first choice in assignment.

A: Many Volunteers work in more than one department or decide to try a different assignment. New Volunteers typically work in one department for 90 days. At that time, they may move to a different department or add a department to their schedule.

A: Regular Volunteers (age 18 and over) are expected to commit to at least two shifts per month, about 100 hours per year. Some Regular Volunteers find it more convenient to work a four-hour shift every week. Days off can be arranged in advance by discussion with the Department Chair. High School Volunteers are asked to make a one-year commitment to volunteer six hours per month.

A: Volunteer work is divided into Departments, such as “Maternity” or “Emergency Room.” Volunteers in each department are supervised by a Department Chair who is responsible for interviewing, training and scheduling Volunteers. Chairs are Regular Volunteers who are very experienced in the department they supervise. Departments may also have an Assistant Chair or Volunteers who act as a trainer.

A: Yes! Several Auxiliary departments offer shifts outside the typical work week. See the list of Volunteer Roles. Shift days and hours are clearly marked.