Volunteer FAQs

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering with Mary's Center. If you still want to know more, feel free to email


What is the time commitment?

The time commitment for volunteering depends on the department, the volunteer placement, and each applicant’s schedule. Please keep in mind that weeknight and weekend opportunities are extremely limited. Since most of our staff are only on site between 9:00am and 5:00pm weekdays, the bulk of our volunteer positions also fall within those hours.

What screenings are required?

All volunteers are required to have a background check and a medical clearance by our medical team. The volunteer application requires proof of immunization with recent (past 6 months) negative TB results. This can be done with your primary care physician or scheduled for free at our Ontario clinic. Then the background check will be initiated and it usually takes 3-5 days to clear. 

Do you offer a program for teen volunteers (under age 18)?

Yes, students, age 16 through 18, may qualify for student volunteer opportunities. They must committ to a 30 hour minimum for SSL hours. 

Is there a volunteer dress code?

Yes, there is a dress code. Volunteers are expected to represent Mary’s Center in appropriate, positive, and clean clothing. Depending of the department one is volunteering with, the dress code may vary—but all volunteers, regardless of whether they work in the clinic, charter school, or administrative offices, are required to wear close-toed shoes. Mini-skirts, shorts, tube tops (or spaghetti strap shirts), or clothing that is torn or stained is also prohibited amongst all volunteers.

How long does it take to become a volunteer?

The timeline for becoming a volunteer with Mary’s Center varies. Placement will depend upon both the interests and skills of the volunteer applicant and the current needs of our organization.

Will I be able to shadow a physician and or have a clinical experience?

No. We do not offer shadowing or clinical experiences through the volunteer program.

If I volunteer will I get a job at Mary's Center?

Volunteering with us does not guarantee employment but we do encourage volunteers to look at open employment opportunities here.


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