Volunteer Opportunities

We are a partnership between Stanford Medical Center and local communities to improve the health and well being of children in the Silicon Valley. Pediatric residents, medical students and undergraduates work with community partners to address community needs through Education, Service and Research.


Early Education

Little Libraries

In collaboration with the Stanford Pediatric Advocacy Program and pediatric providers from the mid-peninsula including: Mayview Health Center, Gardner/Packard Clinic, San Mateo Health Center, Fair Oaks Health Center, and Ravenswood Family Health Center are set to promote literacy in low-income communities. Little Librarities were placed in clinic waiting areas to encourage children to read and bring home books for free.

How can you help? 

  • We are recruiting a committed group of undergraduate students who will help sort and deliver books to clinics, donate lightly used books and organize a book drive. 

Diaper Insecurity

Diaper insecurity and social determinants of health

We are piloting sustainable model for selling diapers to families (at cost) at a Federally Qualified Health Center. The majority of children are enrolled in Medicaid and face challenges making ends meet. Providers at Gardner Packard conducted a needs assessment that determined that clinic families spend more on diapers (at stores such as Safeway, Walgreens, etc.) compared to families that are able to purchase diapers in bulk (at stores such as Costco, Amazon, etc.). This social innovation project will involve establishing a business model and system for selling diapers in clinic. The project will also involve collection of process and outcomes data. http://med.stanford.edu/pedsadvocacy/news/diapers.html

How can you help? 

  • 1.) Help set up the clinic-based program: organizing space, organizing storage and distribution of diapers, piloting payment system (with guidance)  
  • 2. Sell diapers at Gardner Clinic 
  • 3. Participate in quantitative and qualitative data collection from program participants.
  • Hourly commitment: Ideally 1-2 days per week (3-4 hour shift each) during standard clinic hours.
  • Compensation: Course credit and/or work study

Program Assistant (Federal Work Study or Class Credit)

Program Assistant (PA) with the Pediatric Advocacy Program

PA will directly assist the program staff, and be an integral part of the advocacy program team. Specific responsibilities may include but not be limited to the following: 

How can you help?

  • 1. Assists the advocacy team on several community-based research projects (i.e., conducting needs assessments, program implementation, evaluation, and dissemination)
  • 2. Assists in the examination of issues of health disparities, underserved populations, community-based participatory research, food insecurity, early education, etc.
  • 3. Provides support to pediatric residents working on individual community-based advocacy projects
  • 4. Attends community outreach meetings and provides support for a variety of community health projects
  • 5. May be assigned to special projects and/or other administrative duties as needed
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Send Resume to: jpinedar@stanford.edu, jsbruce@stanford.edu, mondlc@staford.edu