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.
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.
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.
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: Complete the online application.
Step 3: Interview
After we receive your application, we will contact you to either complete a phone interview or schedule an in-person interview.
Step 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Now, you can get your badge and start your training!
|Clerical (Office/Hospital Services)
Emergency Department (ECC)
Information Desk (Lobby Host)
Patient Care Floor Host/Hostess
Patient Satisfaction Evaluator (CIP)
|Ambulatory Care Clinics*
Oakland, Hayward, Newark
|Clerical / Reception|
San Leandro, CA
Skilled Nursing Unit
|Clerical (Various Departments)
GI/Infusion – HCP 5th Floor
Information Desk (Various Options)
Maternal Child Health (L&D)
Outpatient Psychiatric Services
Physical / Occupational Therapy
Same Day Clinic
Step Down Unit
|John George Psychiatric Hospital
San Leandro, CA
|San Leandro Hospital
San Leandro, CA
|Floor Duty (discharges, specimen delivery, greeter, various duties)
|South Shore Skilled Nursing, Kate Creedon Wound Center, Park Bridge Rehab & Wellness Center
|Patient Activities & Assist Staff|
*Volunteers are required to complete 100 probationary hours in non-patient care areas before transferring into patient care areas.
You may contact any of the offices listed above or e-mail Volunteers@alamedahealthsystem.org
The main Volunteer Office is located on the Highland Campus in the A Wing, 1st floor (A1), Rooms 12 & 14.