Patient-Related Placements

Ambassador Program 

The Cullman Institute Ambassador Program places volunteer ambassadors at Mount Sinai's entrances to greet patients, families and visitors, offer directions, and provide escorting assistance. The program provides a friendly and welcoming environment in this large medical complex.

    • Minimum age: 16
    • Minimum hours: 3 consecutive hours per week
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Breast Health Resource Program 

The Mount Sinai Breast Health Resource Program is dedicated to meeting the emotional and practical needs of women with breast cancer. Volunteers in the Patient to Patient Program must be former breast cancer patients and at least one year post diagnosis. Clerical and special projects may be available for those interested volunteers who may not have had breast cancer.

    • Minimum age: 21
    • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week for 12 months
    • Time to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

C.A.R.E.: Care and Respect for Elders in Emergencies (Geriatric ED) 

The Department of Emergency Medicine's Care and Respect for Elders with Emergencies (CARE) volunteer program is dedicated to enhancing the care for older patients who are making Emergency Department visits. Volunteers strengthen the quality of patient care by providing bedside comfort and support and helping to prevent avoidable complications, including the onset of Delirium. Volunteer interventions range from playing games to conversation to offering reading glasses, hearing amplifiers, and stress balls This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who enjoys interaction with geriatric patients in a very busy setting.

    • Minimum age: 18
    • Minimum hours: 100 hours over 6 months (4 hours per week)
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Sunday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Child Life 

The Child Life Program helps infants, children, and adolescents cope with illness and hospitalization by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional, and education needs. Child Life volunteers help staff the playrooms for both inpatients and outpatients, and bring play and art materials to the bedside. In addition, volunteers assist our staff with toy cleaning and other tasks to help maintain a safe environment. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who may be interested in pursuing future careers in hospital environments.

    • Minimum age: 17 [limited opportunities for 15 and 16 year olds]
    • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week for 4 consecutive months
    • Times to volunteer: 7 days a week

Derald H. Ruttenberg Treatment Center 

The Derald H. Ruttenberg Treatment Center brings together highly trained medical staff who are dedicated to the comprehensive care of cancer patients. Volunteers provide assistance and compassion to patients and families to ensure their visit is as comfortable as possible.

The “Volunteer Patient Navigator” is to help familiarize patients and caregivers with The Ruttenberg Treatment Center, assist in communication of any delays and provide companionship and support, with the focus being on new patients and patients who come to The Ruttenberg Treatment Center alone.

    • Minimum age: 18
    • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Dubin Breast Center 

The Dubin Breast Center brings together highly trained medical staff dedicated to breast care patients. Volunteers provide direction and assistance to patients and family members to ensure their visit is as comfortable as possible.

    • Minimum age 18
    • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Inpatient Care 

Inpatient care volunteers visit hospitalized patients. We offer excellent opportunities for those interested in a career in health care and for those wanting to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

The Martha Stewart Center for Living 

Volunteers at the Martha Stewart Center for Living assist patients, families, caregivers, and staff to promote and facilitate access to health care resources for older adults and to enhance the public perception of aging.

    • Minimum age: Varies with assignment
    • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday

Music for Healing 

Volunteers may perform either at the patient's bedside or in an open area where patients and their families may come to listen. Musicians must demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of patients and should have knowledge of soothing music. Volunteers may use voice, an instrument, or both.

    • Minimum age: 18
    • Minimum hours: variable
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday

Preventable Admissions Care Team (P.A.C.T.) 

Volunteers research and refer community resources to patients, schedule medical appointments and transportation to the hospital, call insurance companies and pharmacies to verify benefits, and assist with clerical tasks.

    • Minimum age: 18
    • Minimum hours: 4 hours per week for 4 consecutive months
    • Times to volunteer: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Patient Support and Liaison 

Volunteers assist and comfort patients in waiting areas, answer non-medical questions, monitor and inform patients of their wait-time, and assist the reception desks with patient flow from waiting rooms to exam rooms. Volunteers may also assist with data collection for quality improvement studies.

    • Minimum age: 17
    • Minimum hours: 4 hours per week for 4 consecutive months
    • Times to volunteer: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm; limited Saturday morning placements

Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) 

Individual volunteers and their dogs must be certified as a Pet Assisted Therapy team by a recognized organization [e.g. Good Dog Foundation, Therapy Dogs International, or Pet Partners] which recommends the team for hospital service. Each PAT team is screened by the Volunteer Department for suitability in our hospital environment.

    • Minimum age of volunteer: 16
    • Times to volunteer: 7 days a week

The Recananti/Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI) 

The RMTI is a multi-organ transplantation program. Volunteers assist with administrative tasks, serve as patient escorts and greeters, and assist with awareness walks and donor campaigns.

    • Minimum age: Varies with assignment
    • Minimum hours: 80-10 hours per week for 2 academic semesters
    • Summer commitment: 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
    • Times to volunteer: Varies with assignment

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) 

Volunteer advocates with the SAVI program provide free and confidential advocacy, support and referral services to past and present survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence. Volunteers also offer support to survivors' families and friends in the Department of Emergency Medicine. For further information, contact SAVI at 212-423-2140.

    • Minimum hours: one 12-hour on-call shift
    • Times to volunteer: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. once a month after successful completion of a 40-hour training course

Spiritual Care and Education 

Volunteers of all religions and faith backgrounds are invited to visit patients who request a visit. Mount Sinai’s Pastoral Care volunteers help patients feel less lonely, experience a sense of community and can cheer patients through difficult times. Volunteers make a huge difference in the way people feel when they are in the hospital and can provide support and encouragement for family members. Learn more

Varsity Volunteer Corps (high school students only) 

High school students learn what to expect when visiting patients in the hospital, how to feel comfortable meeting patients and families, and understand hospital staff roles and interactions with staff.

    • Minimum age: 15
    • Minimum hours: 2 consecutive hours/wk for 6 months or 4 hours/week for 8 weeks in summer
    • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact Us

Department of Volunteer Services
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1274
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-0478

For Registered Volunteers
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