Each year hundreds of volunteers donate hours of service to the hospital. The ways in which volunteers give of their time and talents are endless. Some even create unique programs, using their own special skills and interests. Volunteers often find that by giving service to others, they enrich their own lives in ways they had never expected.
What can I do as a volunteer?
Placement will depend on your individual skills, interest, availability and our current opportunities.
Here is a sample of volunteer activities that you could be a part of:
Art Therapy Programs
Assisting Occupational & Physical Therapist
Foster Grandparent Program***
Health and Fitness Programs***
Pediatric Resource Project***
Providing entertainment, such as music, magic or comedy to adults and children
Reach Out and Read Program
*** Must be pre-approved by the department.
What are the requirements?
Volunteers must be 16 years or older. The application process includes submission of current resume, consent to a background check and a physical examination.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly schedule and minimum length of services (150 hours). This helps to support continuity of services for patients.
Training: Some programs, such as Language Interpretation require special training. Attend Harlem Hospital Volunteer Orientation & departmental training. Our training programs are free. Quite often our volunteers learn new skills that help them professionally.
Are there any benefits?
Volunteers are eligible for a meal voucher upon completion of three consecutive hours of work. Some volunteer programs provide academic credit, if arrangements have been made with your high school or college.
For more information call the Volunteer Office at (212) 939-3520 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.