Alec Duffy,
Infusion Center Volunteer
"When I'm at the end of a shift at the Infusion Center I feel sad to leave.  It's been really fulfilling to me-- chatting with patients, hearing their stories, even joking with them sometimes.  And I find them so thankful to have someone to share some time with.  It's nice for them to just sit with someone who will listen."

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Time out for Fun Program

Time Out For Fun Volunteer Rifka Klaristenfeld (second from the right) with patient and friends.

Time Out For Fun Program
Time Out For Fun is an innovative program in New York Methodist Hospitals Infusion Center. The Infusion Center primarily serves cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy. These treatments can last from an hour to six hours. Time Out for Fun Volunteers visit with patients and caregivers and help them pass the time. Volunteers provide support and information and can also engage patients in various activities (cards, sudoku, cross word puzzles etc.)

Knitting is one calming activity that has been proven to relieve stress. If you are skilled at knitting and or crocheting you are invited to join Don't Drop that Stitch, a component of Time Out For Fun where volunteers teach patients and caregivers how to knit and crochet.

We are seeking outgoing people to make an ongoing commitment to this program.

Minimum Age: 21
Minimum Time: 4 hours per week, for 6 months
Times: Monday- Friday 9 am-4 pm

Program Best Suited for:
Retirees, Working Professionals (with daytime availability during the week)