Each year, more than 8,000 volunteers contribute more than 1 million hours of service to NYC Health + Hospitals. Volunteers give of their time and talents in countless ways. Some even create special programs that utilize their own special skills and interests. As a bonus, volunteers often find that in serving, they enrich their own lives in unexpected ways.
Most of our locations require you to be at least 16 years old to volunteer.
Volunteer opportunities vary. Examples of volunteer activities include:
You may also be given a patient care role depending on your age and level of interest. Those roles can include:
We ask that our volunteers come with plenty of energy, willingness to work and a smile. In addition, we require:
Time commitment. We ask our volunteers to commit to a set number of hours per week and to a minimum length of service. This helps us support continuity of services for our patients. Specific commitment requirements vary, but the range is from three to six hours per week for a period of three to six months. Contact a Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital or community health center you're interested in to find out more.
Training. Some programs require special training. NYC Health + Hospitals provides the training programs free of charge. These training sessions often give volunteers new skills that are valuable in their professional life.
Medical Requirements. Each facility has medical requirements that volunteers must meet before they begin their volunteer activities. Most facilities require that volunteers:
Some volunteer programs provide academic credit, if arrangements have been made with your high school or college.
Volunteers who work three consecutive hours are eligible to receive a free meal. Additional benefits may be available at some facilities.
There are NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in every borough of New York City. Find the facility closest to you and call the director of Volunteer Services listed below to arrange an interview. We can help you find the perfect program to meet your preference and availability.