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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. (Current volunteers who are VicNet users can access the portal here.)

We are a dynamic service that strives to customize volunteer opportunities to meet your needs and fit your schedule. Our department assigns volunteers to Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Zucker Hillside Hospital as well as other LIJ sites, so there are a variety of positions available at any given time.

Even if you’re not sure how you can fit in, we’re here to guide you. Our volunteers come from all different backgrounds and experiences — that’s what makes our program a success.

Throughout your experience with the Volunteer Services Department, you will not only gain knowledge about the hospital and your department, you will gain valuable knowledge about yourself.

  • You will see how your caring and selfless assistance help those who come through our doors.
  • You will learn that you can make a difference.
  • You'll be utilizing your skills in a productive, meaningful endeavor.

Featured Opportunities

The following is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. Note that not all assignments are available at all times.

  • Marketplace/Wellness Boutique (gift shops): You must provide a customer-focused environment for our patients and families; sales, stock, register experience very helpful; must be able to stand/walk throughout the shops during your shift (a variety of shifts available—days, weekends, evenings)
  • Programs in Zucker Hillside Hospital (a mental health facility): Primarily for psychology majors-- contact (718) 470-8110 for details.
  • Departmental Liaisons: Volunteers assist a department with the flow and communication with patients and families; escort patients to specific areas.
  • Surgical Waiting Room: Volunteers provide the needed communication links for families during these stressful events. A volunteer must be customer-service focused -- reliable, compassionate, capable of communicating well with others and able to assist in alleviating some of the families’ stress. (Flexible weekday shifts.)
  • Hospital Elder Life Program: Improve the hospital stay of older patients by providing companionship, stimulation, orientation and therapeutic recreation interventions. Volunteers must be reliable, have strong communication skills and an interest in helping others. Experience working with older adults and/or an interest in the healthcare profession is useful. Classroom and unit training is provided and required.
  • Volunteer In-Patient Service Excellence: Enhance service by rounding on patients to help address non-clinical needs, implement service recovery in a timely manner and support unit staff in its efforts to make patients comfortable. Volunteers must be courteous, active listeners and able to execute their roles with discretion. Classroom and unit training is provided and required.
  • Ambassadors: You will be one of the first people whom a patient and/or family meet—you must represent the hospital by being professional and warm. You will greet, provide needed directions and most importantly, escort the person(s) to their destination. (Flexible schedules.)
  • Clerical Assignments: Filing, copying, collating, answering phones — available in a variety of medical departments throughout the campus. (Monday to Saturday, 9 to 5pm)

We also have a wide variety of clerical assignments throughout our campus and beyond.


Requirements

We look for volunteers who can make each person they meet feel more comfortable—we require a total commitment to our patients' and families' needs. Working as part of a team often means that volunteers will be asked to help in areas other than those assigned—that’s when our volunteers shine.

  • The commitment is 100 hours a year -- minimum six months; minimum three- to four-hour shift weekly.
  • The minimum age to volunteer at LIJ Medical Center is 14. The minimum for Zucker Hillside Hospital is age 17.
  • Volunteers must meet the standards of Patient and Family Centered Care: professional, courteous, compassionate and respectful.
  • Applicants must be interviewed. If provisionally accepted, all applicants must attend a mandatory orientation to North Shore-LIJ Health System, the hospitals and the Volunteer Department.
  • Volunteers must receive medical clearance before starting any assignment.
  • All applicants 18 and over must submit to a county conviction search/ social security number verification/OIG/GSA/OMIG/ National Sex offender Locator/NY Nurse Aide Registry.
  • Junior volunteers (ages 14 to 18) must also submit working papers and a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor.

Please be aware the time to complete all components may be four to six weeks

General Information

  • For undergraduates/graduates, we do not necessarily have college level assignments available. Students must obtain their own sponsor. Juniors (14-18) are assigned to clerical service and must be able to arrive at the hospital no later than 3:30pm during the week/school term. At this time there are no weekend openings.
  • There is a three-month probationary period to ensure that volunteers are meeting the needs of the hospitals.
  • We will hold your application for three months. If you have not completed the medical component in a timely manner, we will remove your documentation from our files.
  • We never guarantee employment. You will need to consult Career Opportunities  for information.

Online Applications

The Volunteer Application is for those who have reviewed our information and would like to submit their own information for review. We will contact only those we feel may help us meet the needs of the hospital and whom we can accommodate.

Definite Placement Application: You must have been given an assignment and been directed by the LIJ/CCMC/Zucker Hillside Volunteer Department to complete this specific application. Others will be immediately deleted.

 

Contact Information

For more information, call (718) 470-7092 or email dromero@nshs.edu.  
Our office is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm and is closed on legal holidays.