Junior Volunteer Program
Get hands-on experience today, build real-life skills for tomorrow.
It's usually easy to spot the NYM Junior Volunteers in the Hospital. They're enthusiastic, energetic and cheerful, interested in learning and providing support. The program attracts many high school students and the recruitment process is highly selective, based on the quality of applications and an in-person interview. We place Junior Volunteers in four areas:
Clinical and administrative departments welcome Junior Volunteers seeking to volunteer in an office setting. You will answer phones, greet patients, enter data, file and photocopy documents. This placement is best suited for students with an early dismissal time as most administrative departments close at 5:00 p.m.
You will learn to feed, care for and comfort patients of all ages on nursing units throughout the Hospital. Working as part of the nursing team, you will have an opportunity to make a positive impact on a patient's day and get hands-on patient care experience as you respond to call bells and patient requests and assist with meal delivery. This placement is best suited for students with an interest in pursuing a healthcare profession.
You will serve as a patient librarian, bringing donated books, magazines and crossword puzzles to patients and their families throughout the Hospital. You will visit and provide companionship to patients. This assignment is best suited for students with excellent interpersonal skills, who are outgoing and enjoy making conversation with patients and families.
It's not always easy for patients to find their way around the Hospital. Trailblazers provide excellent customer service by taking the lead on helping patients and visitors navigate through the New York Methodist Hospital campus. As a Trailblazer, you'll learn to recognize when people are lost and provide them with immediate assistance. You'll also give people clear verbal instructions and escort them to various Hospital destinations, contributing to improved overall patient experience.
Our staff and patients will depend on you! It is critical that you honor your volunteer commitment and attend all of your shifts. We can only provide verification of hours and letters of recommendation for school community service requirements once you have fulfilled your commitment to the program.
We would love to hear from you if you are: reliable, enthusiastic, compassionate, interested in learning about healthcare, have a positive attitude, are eager to learn
Minimum Commitment: Two three- hour shifts per week for six months and 120 hours of service
Times: Monday – Friday, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and weekends 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. One weekday shift required. The latest shift is 4pm.