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Volunteer Programs and Opportunities

This page is updated regularly to meet the changing needs of medical center departments.  You may need to visit it often to find an opening in the program/opportunity you seek or schedule that matches your availability.

Volunteers are asked to commit to 180 hours and ten months of service.  This commitment allows volunteers the most personal growth and the opportunity to make the greatest impact on the patient experience.  Letters of recommendation to prospective schools and employers will be provided upon request once the volunteer has completed this commitment.   


CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP--to assist pediatric patients in the playroom and bedside with interactive arts and crafts.

Weekdays: 9:00A.M.-8:00 P.M.

INTERPRETER SERVICES--assist patients who have limited English proficiency in communicating with medical and nursing staff.  Must be fluent in both your native language and in English. Language proficiency will be tested before placement.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M. 

MUSICIAN PROGRAM--entertain patients at bedside and/or visitors in waiting areas with soothing music played on guitar, flute, violin, etc.  Instruments must be portable.  Audition or demo tape required.

Weekdays: 12:00-4:00 P.M./4:00-8:00 P.M.

PATIENT HOSPITALITY (EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT)--assist patients with their non-medical needs (escort/transport, registration, conversation, etc.) and provide support services for staff (errands, stretcher and supply maintenance, etc.).

Weekdays and weekends: 4-hour shifts between 7:00 A.M. and 11:30 P.M. 

PATIENT HOSPITALITY (IN-PATIENT)--spend time talking and listening to patients on the nursing units and attending to their non-medical needs.

Weekdays and weekends: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M./5:00-8:00 P.M.

RADIOLOGY LIAISON--provide comfort and reassurance to patients awaiting diagnostic testing.

Weekdays: 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M./12:00-4:00 P.M.

REACH OUT AND READ--read to children awaiting medical appointments.

Weekdays: 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M./12:00-4:00 P.M.

SURGICAL LIAISON--serve as a liaison between recovery room staff and families of surgical patients during and after surgical procedures.

Weekdays: 6:00-10:00 A.M/10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.


BLOOD DONOR CENTER--make phone calls to donors to remind them of appointments, visit waiting areas to recruit donors, assist with blood drives as needed.

Weekdays and some weekend blood drives:  9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M. 

CLERICAL--provide clerical support (filing, mailings, answering phones, etc.) in an office setting.  Indicate your location preference: 1. Within or near the Medical Center, 2. Other Flushing location, 3. Fresh Meadows, 4. Jackson Heights.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M.

CONCIERGE--greet our patients and visitors in the main lobby and direct/escort them to their destinations within the medical center. Requires standing and walking.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M.

GIFT SHOP--Perform retail functions such as stocking shelves and assistng with sales; make deliveries to patients.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M./5:00-8:00 P.M.

NURSING SUPPORT--assist with clerical services at a nursing station, provide messenger services, and distribute water and ice to patients.

Weekdays and weekends: 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M./12:30-4:30 P.M./4:30-8:00 P.M. 

PATIENT HOSPITALITY AMBULATORY SURGERY UNIT--visit and help patients prior to surgery pre-operatively.  Afternoon shifts will help patients post-operatively by escorting patients from our Ambulatory Surgery Unit to other hospital locations and the main lobby.

Weekdays: 7:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 

VISITOR GUIDE--greet and direct patients and visitors at our busiest main floor intersections.  Requires standing and walking. 

Weekdays: 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M./12:00-4:00 P.M.

Pre-Health Opportunities--restricted to college students majoring in these areas.

DENTAL MEDICINE--Provide support to dental students by preparing instruments for procedures and sterilization, wrapping surgical trays, disinfecting surfaces, etc.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. (except Thursdays)/1:00-5:00 P.M./5:00-8:00 P.M. (except Fridays).

DIETARY--assist with clerical and nutrition education projects, including data tabulation.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.m.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M.

PHARMACY (limited availability to high school students)--sort medications and check for expirations, stock shelves, prepare unit dosages, etc.

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-5:00 P.M./5:00-8:00 P.M.

PRE-MED PATIENT HOSPITALITY--This program was developed to allow pre-med, pre-PA, and pre-nursing students to gain experience in both an in-patient and emergency setting.  Perform In-Patient Hospitality functions (see above) during the first two months of service and Emergency Department Hospitality functions (see above)during the next four months of service. 

REHABILITATION SERVICES--escort patients to and from treatment areas, set up and break down equipment, prepare hot and cold packs, etc.  See five choices below.

Occupational Therapy--In-Patient

Weekdays, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-4:00 P.M.

Occupational Therapy--Out-Patient (On-site) 

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-4:00 P.M.

Occuptaional Therapy--Out-Patient (Fresh Meadows site)

Weekdays: 8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M./1:00-6:00 P.M. (Friday until 4:00 P.M.)

Physical Therapy--In-Patient

Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

Physical Therapy--Out-Patient (Fresh Meadows site)

Monday-Thursday: 7:00-11:00 A.m./11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M./ 2:00-7:00 P.M.

Friday: 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M./12:00-4:00 P.M.

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