We would love for you to be part of the team at HHC. We offer many opportunities for you to get involved and donate your time and talents to our patients. Spend a few hours every week playing with sick children, reading to elderly patients or using your language skills to help patients communicate with their doctors. Or join our local auxiliary or community advisory groups to help raise funds, support our mission and provide a voice for your community. Our volunteers are valuable members of our healthcare teams, making a real difference in people’s lives.
Volunteering at HHC Facilities
Each year, more than 8,000 volunteers contribute more than 1 million hours of service to HHC facilities. 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.
Community Advisory Boards
Community Advisory Boards (CABs) are the formal and direct links between each HHC facility and its patients and local advocates. The CABs contribute to planning, program development and service delivery. Members also provide invaluable advocacy and advice from the local community perspective.
Learn more about the HHC Community Advisory Boards.
Hospital Auxiliary Groups
Many HHC facilities are supported by members of an auxiliary, a group of volunteers who work in collaboration with hospital administration to advance the quality of patient care services. Auxiliary members help fundraising efforts to support clinical enhancements, purchases of medical equipment and evaluate requests for other necessary grants that will advance our mission to provide quality health care with dignity and compassion.
Contact your local HHC facility to learn more about the auxiliary groups.
More Volunteer Opportunities
No matter what your preferences and skills, there are many opportunities at each of our facilities. Volunteer activities include:
Personal services for patients, like reading aloud or writing letters
- Escorting patients to and from activities
- Assisting occupational and physical therapists
- Assisting with art therapy programs
- Assisting chaplains
- Providing entertainment, such as music, magic or comedy, to adults or children
- Playing with children and babies
- Tutoring pediatric patients
- Interpreting for patients who do not speak English
- Gardening and landscaping
- Clerical and computer work in virtually any department
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.
- Training. Some programs, such as language interpretation, patient advocacy or counseling, require special training. HHC 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:
- Received a physical exam within the previous 12 months
- Have a PPD test for tuberculosis
- Have immunization for tetanus, chicken pox, measles, mumps and rubella
Volunteers who work three consecutive hours are eligible to receive a free meal. Some volunteer programs provide academic credit, if arrangements have been made with your high school or college. Additional benefits may be available at some facilities.
There are HHC 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 for an interview. We can help you find the perfect program to meet your preference and availability.
Jacobi Medical Center
1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, New York 10461
Ms. Luisa Hernandez 718-918-4881, Rm. 156
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
234 East 149th Street, Bronx, New York 10451
Ms. Giselle Torres 718-519-5111
North Central Bronx Hospital
3424 Kossuth Avenue, Bronx, New York 10467
Ms. Luisa Hernandez 718-519-4840, Rm. 3H-16
Coney Island Hospital
2601 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11235
Ms. Misty Teitel 718-616-3161, Rm. 904
Kings County Hospital Center
451 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203
Ms. Corinna C. Grant (718)245-3121/3122, Rm. T-144
Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
594 Albany Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203
Ms. Angela Cooper 718-245-7161
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center
760 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11206
Ms. Samaris Rivera 718-963-8467
Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue @ 27th Street, New York, New York 10016
Ms. Priscilla A. Daniels 212-562-4858, Rm. 658
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
Coler Campus, 900 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York 10044
Ms. Pamela Hargrow 212-848-6011, Rm B1-6
Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility
1752 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Ms. Pamela Hargrow 212-848-6011
Gouverneur Health Care Services
227 Madison Street, New York, New York 10002
Mr. Che Kuang Yu 212-238-7855/7877/7982/7730, Rm. 876
Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York 10037
Ms. Stephanie M. Harewood 212-939-3520, MLK-3162
Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Avenue @ 97th Street, New York, New York 10029
Ms. Linda Takourian 212-423-6894/6443, Rm. 4M13
Elmhurst Hospital Center
79-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, New York 11373
Ms. Jayne Maerker 718-334-5175/5172, Rm. A1-26
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street, Jamaica, New York 11432
Ms. Daphne Dominique 718-883-2280, Rm. 631
Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home
460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10314
Mr. George Taylor 718-317-3293, Rm. 133