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Volunteer Options

Whether you are interested in volunteering in areas with direct patient contact, or are more interested in other types of support, there are multiple opportunities for volunteers in many areas of the hospital.  Some areas include:

Direct Patient Care Areas

  • Family Support: Volunteer should be of college age or older and have good communications skills, a friendly manner, and observe the confidentiality of patients and their families. Volunteers in this area need to feel confident that they can comfortably assist those in need with compassion and empathy.
  • Caregiver Partner:  Works with the family and friends of patients admitted to the Westchester Medical Center, providing practical assistance with hospital and community resources, navigating hospital systems and providing support in a caring environment.
  • Library Cart: Assist patients and their families in selecting books and magazines from the mobile library cart
  • Discharge Lounge: Wheel discharged patients from their room to the discharged patient pick up area
  • Emergency Department Liaisons: Work with the ED staff to help patients and families with their non-medical needs
  • Child Life Staff Support: Assist Child Life in activities with Pediatric patients such as arts, crafts, playing and reading
  • Musician: To provide welcoming surroundings for people to heal, we want to utilize music to brighten the environment and reduce stress. Help enhance the lives of our patients and family members by bringing them the gift of your musical talent.
  • The OPEN BOOK Program: Located in the pediatric clinics at Cedarwood Hall, these volunteers read to children in the waiting room and speak  with parents about the importance of literacy.
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Patient Support: Ability to work collaboratively with the departmental staff in delivering excellent customer service, quality of care, and to assist the staff as needed in the delivery of care.
  • Pet Therapy: Each dog team must be certified through the Good Dog Foundation.

Indirect Patient Care Areas

  • Courtesy Desk: Greeter at Westchester Medical Center or Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, helping families and friends reach their destination within the hospital.
  • Clerical: Support the Hospital staff by assisting with a wide variety of duties on nursing units, the Volunteer office and many other locations throughout the hospital.
  • Gift Shop: Provide excellent customer service to visitors, assist with inventory and operate cash register.
  • Discharge Meal Program: Unpack food, stock shelves; make up meal bags for patients.

Special Projects

  • Wish Lists: Donations of toys and supplies are welcome, but we do have some specific requests.
  • Clothing Closet: In an emergency or an accident, some patients are brought to the hospital with only the clothes they are wearing. Help us send them home in something clean and warm. Please call 914) 493-7850.
  • Activity Kits: Like all children, our patients and their brothers and sisters need to keep busy. Activity kits prepared by volunteers like you are often just what they need. Learn more...

The Department of Volunteers will do our best to match new volunteers with their primary area of interest.  Please be aware that not all opportunities will be available at all times. >Click here to apply