Giving 2017-09-21T23:32:20+00:00

Alameda Health System Foundation (AHSF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose vital purpose is to cultivate funds and community support for Alameda Health System (AHS). As the fundraising arm of AHS, the Foundation strives to support health system initiatives that reduce health disparities and barriers to access, and to ensure quality care for all in Alameda County.

Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has raised millions of dollars in support of AHS’s mission of Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All. The philanthropic investment that comes from foundations, corporations, community organizations, and individuals help fund equipment, programs, and services that help ensure the delivery of high quality care to everyone in need.

Our mission at Alameda Health System Foundation is to cultivate community support and funding for essential programs and services of Alameda Health System (AHS). Our efforts are aligned with AHS’s mission of Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All.

The funds we raise support programs and services that improve access and quality of care, reduce health disparities, and improve health and quality of life. At the bottom line, we strive to help AHS achieve its vision of “health equity” in Alameda County.

The top priority areas of need that we are currently seeking funds for are listed below.

For more information, and to support services and programs that address these and other AHS priorities, please visit our website.

  • Care Coordination / Palliative Care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Food Access and Security
  • Health Advocates
  • Healthy Aging
  • Human Rights and Refugee Services
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Patient Navigation
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Trauma and Emergency Services
  • Youth / Career Development – HealthPATH

Foundation special events are an opportunity for all community members to come together in support of its mission of Investing in Caring, Healing, Teaching, Serving All. The events are a time to highlight specific departments or programs at AHS and raise necessary funds for equipment, program support, or special initiatives.

Proceeds contribute to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. These unrestricted funds are designated to the programs and services of greatest need at AHS.


Attendees at Alameda Health System Foundation's Annual Gala

The Annual Gala is an elegant affair that recognizes key clinicians for their work and commitment to patient care and features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, awards program, live and silent auctions, and an after party.


Playing golf at Alameda Health System Foundation's Annual Golf Classic

From shootouts and hole-in-one contests to complimentary refreshments on course, the Annual Golf Classic “Play Fore Caring” attracts AHS executives, business leaders, and healthcare professionals alike.  Guests enjoy playing an 18-hole course at one of the East Bay’s finest golf courses, dinner, and networking.


Emerging leaders at Alameda Health System Foundation's Associate Board event getting picture taken

The Foundation’s Associate Board, a group of emerging leaders in the Bay Area, hosts events throughout the year designed with the young professional in mind. Proceeds from the events support a variety of initiatives at the health system.

Foundation support—drawing on help from the corporate level, through personal and family gifts, and from a basic willingness to help our community—has proven its worth as a means of making the best care available to all.

There are several ways to give including, but not limited to:

  • Annual giving: one-time or recurring gifts
  • Corporate and foundation giving
  • Planned/legacy giving
  • Event sponsorship


Thank you for your interest in becoming one of our volunteers! Alameda Health System (AHS) volunteers are a diverse group of caring people from all over the Bay Area and surrounding communities.

What Are We Looking for in a Volunteer?

We are looking for courteous, responsible, honest, and accountable individuals who are 18 and older and willing to commit to a minimum of one four-hour shift per week over 12 consecutive months.

How Can Volunteering at Alameda Health System Enrich Your Life?

  • You will be helping the community by donating your time and abilities.
  • You will meet new people from many different walks of life.
  • You will learn new skills and gain valuable work experience.
  • You will make a difference in someone’s life.
  • Most of all, you will have fun!

Interesting Facts about Our Volunteer Programs

  • Each year, over 35 AHS Volunteers are accepted to Medical and Pharmacy schools, Nursing, Radiology, and other health-related programs.
  • AHS Volunteers donate on average over 65,000 hours of service each year.
  • AHS Volunteers range in age from 18 years old to 90-plus.
  • Several AHS Volunteers have over 20 years of service, including our longest-serving Volunteer with over 40 years.
  • AHS Volunteers speak over 20 languages.

Step 1: Before You Apply
Decide which campus and positions you are interested in.

Step 2: Download Volunteer Application Form.

Step 3: Submit Application
At this time, we require all prospective volunteers to turn in their volunteer applications in one of two ways:

1) Bring in the filled-out application to one of the Volunteer Office locations. Applications are also available at each site listed below and take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

2) Submit via U.S. Mail. You should receive a phone call or e-mail confirming it was received within 48 -business hours.

Highland Hospital – Alameda Health System
c/o Volunteer Services
1411 E. 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602

Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon – Fri
Main Volunteer Office: (510) 437-8363
(Located in Wing A, 1st floor (A1), Rooms 12 & 14)

Accepting applications for:
Highland Hospital
Fairmont Hospital
John George Psychiatric Hospital
Ambulatory Care Clinics

Alameda Hospital – Alameda Health System
c/o Volunteer Services
2070 Clinton Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

Hours: 8am-12pm, Mon – Fri
Volunteer Office: (510) 814-4043
(Located on the right as you enter from the Clinton Street entrance)

Accepting applications for:
Alameda Hospital
South Shore Skilled Nursing
Kate Creedon Wound Center
Park Bridge Rehab & Wellness Center

San Leandro Hospital – Alameda Health System
c/o Volunteer Services
13855 East 14th Street,
San Leandro, CA 94578

Hours: 9am-4pm, Mon – Fri
Volunteer Office: (510) 667-4501
(Located on the 1st floor across the hallway from cafeteria entrance)

Accepting applications for:
San Leandro Hospital

Step 4: Interview
After we receive your application, we will contact you to either complete a phone interview or schedule an in-person interview.

Step 5: Orientation
After being accepted as a volunteer, you will be invited to attend one of our New Volunteer Orientations. (At Alameda and San Leandro Hospitals, orientations are scheduled after you receive your badge.) Orientations are approximately four hours long, and cover policies, procedures, and other important information.

Step 6: Health Screening
Volunteer Health Screening requirements:

  • Documentation of two 2-step tuberculosis skin tests (TST) performed elsewhere. One can be within the last 12 months; the 2nd test should be current within the last 3 months. AHS can provide the second TST if needed, provided you have proof of the first test. However please be aware that this may delay your volunteer start date.
    • For anyone with a documented history of a positive TST, a chest x-ray done within the last 3 months will be needed. A chest x-ray may be obtained at your primary care provider’s office.
    • The QuantiFERON (QFT) blood test within the last 3 months may be used in lieu of the 2-step TST if your primary care provider offers it.
  • Proof of immunity, either by immunization records showing the full series of vaccines and/or blood test/titers, must be provided for the Measles (rubeola), Mumps and Rubella.
  • Proof of immunity, either by immunization records showing the full series of vaccines and/or blood test/titer, must be provided for Varicella (chicken-pox).
  • Though not required, those with records of the Hepatitis B vaccine series and Tetanus, Diphtheria, Adacel Pertussis (Tdap) should bring copies to have included in their file.
  • Influenza vaccine is mandatory for all volunteers during the flu season (November 1st-.March 31st).

Once you have all of the required documents, there is an online portion of the health screening that you will be required to complete prior to scheduling your appointment with Employee Health. Information on how to complete that portion of your health screening will be given to you at the New Volunteer Orientation.

When you have completed the online health screening, you will need to contact Employee Health Services to schedule an appointment for your health screening. Employee Health Services has office locations at Highland Hospital and San Leandro Hospital.

Step 7: Background Investigation
Applicants will be asked to authorize a background check before they can be accepted as a volunteer. The background check will be run only after your Health Screening is completed and signed off by Employee Health. Background checks generally take just a few days but can take longer depending on the counties that you have lived in.

Step 8: Now, you can get your badge and start your training!

Locations Opportunity
Alameda Hospital
(Volunteer Auxiliary)
Alameda, CA
Clerical (Office/Hospital Services)
Emergency Department (ECC)
Gift Shop
Information Desk (Lobby Host)
Patient Care Floor Host/Hostess
Patient Satisfaction Evaluator (CIP)
Physical Therapy
Ambulatory Care Clinics*
Oakland, Hayward, Newark
Clerical / Reception
Fairmont Hospital*
San Leandro, CA
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Skilled Nursing Unit
Highland Hospital*
Oakland, CA
Clerical (Various Departments)
Emergency Department
GI/Infusion – HCP 5th Floor
Gift Shop
Information Desk (Various Options)
Maternal Child Health (L&D)
Medical-Surgical Unit
Outpatient Psychiatric Services
Physical / Occupational Therapy
Same Day Clinic
Step Down Unit
John George Psychiatric Hospital
San Leandro, CA
Occupational Therapy
San Leandro Hospital
(Volunteer Auxiliary)
San Leandro, CA
Floor Duty (discharges, specimen delivery, greeter, various duties)
Gift Shop
South Shore Skilled Nursing, Kate Creedon Wound Center, Park Bridge Rehab & Wellness Center
Alameda, CA
Patient Activities & Assist Staff

*Volunteers are required to complete 100 probationary hours in non-patient care areas before transferring into patient care areas.

Contact Us

You may contact any of the offices listed above or e-mail

The main Volunteer Office is located on the Highland Campus in the A Wing, 1st floor (A1), Rooms 12 & 14.