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Volunteering at NYU Winthrop Hospital

NYU Winthrop Hospital Volunteers

At NYU Winthrop Hospital, volunteers are an essential part of the Hospital family, helping us to deliver compassionate world-class care to our patients.

The NYU Winthrop Hospital Volunteer Program offers volunteers many rewarding and meaningful opportunities to interact with patients, assist staff, or provide clerical or administrative support to various departments. By volunteering at NYU Winthrop Hospital, many people have enriched their own lives while helping others and serving a vital role in the local community.

Creative placement and flexible scheduling afford each new volunteer an opportunity to pursue his or her special interests while putting to use individual skills and talents. Long-term and short-term assignments are available seven days a week. A minimum commitment of three to four hours per week is requested.

We welcome volunteers who are 16 years or older and willing to devote their time and energy into our Teen and Senior Volunteer Programs. Applicants should be dependable, responsible, friendly and willing to make a firm commitment. Volunteers must meet basic requirements, including NYU Winthrop Hospital’s health and immunization standards.

Patient-related and non-patient-related activities include choice assignments in the following service areas and departments:


Volunteers in Admitting welcome and check in patients for registration, answer phones, greet and direct patients and visitors, and assist staff as needed.

Ambulatory Surgical Unit (ASU)

Ambulatory Surgical Unit Volunteers act as messengers, store supplies and make unoccupied, sanitized beds. They also distribute blankets and other items and assist staff as required.

Buddy Program

Volunteers in our Buddy Program provide company and comfort to the patient. They make friendly visits to patients and offer puzzles, books, magazines and assist staff as needed.

Cath Lab Recovery Information Desk

Provide specific direction, information and assistance to visitors and patients arriving to the 2 Main Waiting Area / Cath Lab Recovery Room.

Child Life

Child Life volunteers interact with children, maintain playroom safety, and clean and organize toys. They assist staff as needed.

Clerical / Office Support

Clerical/Office Support volunteers assist with copying, collating, scanning, filing, answering phones and perform other tasks as needed.

Emergency Department

Emergency Department volunteers act as liaisons for patients and their families. Volunteers must receive permission from a nurse prior to providing services to patients other than magazines, pillows, blankets, and other supplies.

Gift Shop

Gift Shop volunteers assist staff at the gift shop. They help sell items, replace merchandise and check for new or sale items.

Guide Service

Volunteers assist with guiding patients/visitors to their designated areas throughout the Hospital and help answer non-medical questions.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands volunteers help staff with departmental mailings, make photo copies, fax documents, filing and answer phones.

Lobby Café

Lobby Café volunteers help maintain clean tables, and countertops. They also help with refilling food items and other non-food related duties.

Music In The Main

NYU Winthrop's Music In The Main program provides live music in the hospital's main lobby.

Pastoral Care

Volunteers assist our interfaith chaplaincy service in providing spiritual and religious support and care to patients, families and hospital staff.

Patient Care

Volunteers in Patient Care help pick up supplies and equipment, make photocopies, collate/file, refill supplies as needed, run errands throughout the Hospital, answer phones, answer patient call bells and assist other staff as needed.


Volunteers at our pharmacy assist with placing labels on medications, unpack and unwrap medication for processing, check expiration dates and repack medication into smaller quantities.

Reach Out and Read (Roar)

Reach Out and Read encourages parents to read to their children by distributing brand new books free of charge at every well-child visit from 6 months to five years of age. As a volunteer reader, you will demonstrate engaging reading techniques to parents and help develop children’s language and literacy skills.

Recovery Information Desk

Provide specific direction, information and assistance to visitors and patients arriving to the 4 North Waiting Area / Elevator Lobby. Accompany visitors into the Recovery Room to visit.

Strolling Musicians

NYU Winthrop's Strolling Musicians program was developed to provide live music which may promote a supportive and relaxing environment for patients, families, doctors, staff and other health-allied professionals.

Surgical Information Desk (SID)

Volunteers at the Surgical Information Desk provide general assistance to visitors waiting in the Hospital lobby. They also help promote coordination and continuity with the OR and PACU and help create a friendly, supportive atmosphere for families of surgery patients.

Volunteer Greeter

Volunteer Greeters cordially greet visitors and patients arriving at the Hospital. They provide assistance to patients and visitors by calling for wheelchairs, or other services as needed. They also guide and/or escort patients who need help navigating their way within the Hospital.

Special Projects

The duties of Special Projects volunteers vary as per the needs of different departments.

How to Apply

The application process can take 4 to 6 weeks. Please start by filling out an application. Please contact the Department of Volunteer Services directly for any questions you may have regarding available opportunities or the application process. To request an application form please email us or call 516-663-2391.

Contact Us

Volunteer Services Department
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Monday thru Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tel: 516-663-2391
Email Us

Contact Us

Volunteer Services Department
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Monday thru Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tel: 516-663-2391
Email Us

Apply to Become a Volunteer!

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