Kath Lord,
Sparks of Life Volunteer
"Music helps to heal on many levels-- not only for the patient, but for the family, friends and staff as well.  I help to create positive feelings and good vibrations through my music."


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Volunteer Programs

Find a program that's perfect for you based on your interests and experience. 

Accelerated Patient Care Currently Full

Are you interested in getting an intense hands-on experience in a hospital setting? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional components involved in a health career? Do you have the flexibility to commit to 12 hours a week as part of the care team?

Administrative Assistant

Do you consider yourself a detail oriented person who enjoys interacting with people in a service environment? Are you interested in learning about how medical offices are run? Administrative volunteers use their clerical and organizational skills to support the infrastructure of the Hospital community in a meaningful way.

Ambassador Program

Are you compassionate and outgoing? Do you enjoy problem-solving and working to contribute to high quality service? Ambassadors interact directly with patients and caregivers with the aim of supporting their overall Hospital experiences.

Bridge Year Cohort: Pre-med Patient Care

Are you a pre-med student looking to enrich the time between college graduation and MCATs with a meaningful patient care experience? Are you interested in broadening your healthcare perspectives through talks and discussions? Do you want to be a part of a weekly MCAT study group? Volunteers in the Bridge Year Cohort can build both knowledge and skills as they move towards the next chapter in their academic training.

Canine Cuddlers

Do you recognize the power of pets in promoting healing and joy? Has your dog completed Animal Assisted Therapy training? Canine Cuddler volunteers bring their dogs to visit patients throughout the Hospital to brighten patients' days.

Congestive Heart Failure Volunteer Intervention Program (CHF-VIP)

Are you a college or nursing student, an MPH or college graduate pursuing a medical career? Do you have a particular interest in cardiology? Become part of an award-winning Congestive Heart Failure Volunteer Intervention Program (CHF-VIP) that promotes health literacy and disease management techniques to patients with cardiac issues.

Critical Care Connection (CCC)

Are you in college or nursing school, pursuing a health career with a particular interest in critical care medicine? Critical Care Connection volunteers assist staff members as they interact with patients, families, nurses and doctors to support critically ill patients.

Cuddler Program Currently Full

Do you have a calm demeanor, patience and experience with newborns? Do you live within walking distance of the Hospital? NYM Cuddlers are warm and nurturing volunteers who hold and cuddle babies undergoing treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and transitional nursery.

Food Service Management Currently Full

Are you a student pursuing a career as a registered dietitian? Do you have an interest in food service management? Are you committed to promoting good nutrition to enhance overall health? Are you enrolled in an industrial food management course? Food Service Management volunteers gain experience in hospitality and culinary arts for a diverse dietary population.

Infusion Center Welcome Ambassador Currently Full

Are you compassionate and service oriented? Would you enjoy providing companionship and emotional support to patients battling a serious illness? Are you organized and able to effectively communicate information to patients and staff? Infusion Center Welcome Ambassadors reduce fear and anxiety by supporting patients prior to, during and after their first chemotherapy treatments.

Junior Volunteer Program Currently Full

Are you a high school student 16 or older with an interest in healthcare? Can you balance your current school and extracurricular activities to accommodate a regularly scheduled volunteer shift? Do you follow through on your commitments? You may be a good match for our Junior Volunteer Program for high school students.

Language Ambassador Program

Are you fluent in reading, writing and speaking Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian or Spanish? Are you familiar with medical terminology in any of those languages? Do you have English proficiency? Are you outgoing and comfortable interacting with a diverse group of people? Volunteers serving as interpreters for Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese or Russian speaking patients provide support and information to improve their overall Hospital experience.

Memory Care Program

Are you a highly organized person who takes pride in your attention to detail? Are you able to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast paced environment? Would you be interested in providing administrative support to gatherings for patients with diseases that impact the brain? Memory Care volunteers assist in the coordination of classes and support groups for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease patients and their families.

Mother Baby Ambassador

Are you friendly, supportive and mature? Do you consider yourself to be calm and compassionate? Are you an RN or current nursing student? Mother Baby Ambassadors offer information and emotional support to new mothers prior to discharge.

Parkinson's Care Program

Are you a current MSW student or recent graduate with an interest in improving the quality of life for Parkinson's patients? Are you an effective communicator who can relate to a diverse group of patients and family members? Do you have strong problem solving abilities and organizational skills? Are you knowledgeable about community-based resources? The  Parkinson's Care Program Assistant role may be a good match for you.

Patient Care

Are you interested in getting hands-on experience as a pre-health student? Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional components that are a part of working in a health career? Patient Care volunteers make a major contribution to patient health by supporting the nursing team with feeding, caring for and providing comfort to patients.

Patient Library

Are you cheerful and outgoing? Would you enjoy making small talk with patients and their families? Could you comfortably roll a book cart from room to room? Do you enjoy reading and talking about books? Library volunteers offer a source of entertainment and comfort for patients by delivering reading materials during patients' Hospital stays.

Patient Portal Currently Full

Do you have a working knowledge of technology? Would you be comfortable initiating a conversation and teaching patients basic technological input? Do you have patience and a friendly, outgoing demeanor? The MyNYM patient portal empowers patients to access and maintain their medical records so they can become more active participants in their treatment.

Peds Pals

Do you have a knack for connecting with children, enjoy playing games or have a flair for arts and crafts? Are you compassionate and patient? Peds Pals volunteers spend time with families on the pediatric unit, engaging children in enjoyable activities while they are hospitalized.

Pharmacy

Are you a pre-pharmacy student? Do you have an interest in learning about the responsibilities and structure of a pharmacy department in a large medical facility? NYM pharmacy volunteers assist with the organization and distribution of medications throughout the Hospital.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Currently Full

Are you a student pursuing a career in physical or occupational therapy? Are you positive,encouraging, patient and compassionate? Volunteers in the Physical and Occupational Therapy Program support the work of staff engaged in therapies that enhance patient recovery and improve quality of life by rebuilding fine motor skills and mobility.

Project Contact: Patient Care in the Emergency Department

Do you thrive in a fast paced environment? Are you outgoing and detail oriented? Do you have an interest in learning about Emergency Medicine? Project Contact volunteers enhance the quality of care in the Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine by providing assistance to staff and patients regarding non-medical issues.

Reach Out and Read

Are you comfortable interacting with children of different ages? Would you enjoy coming up with ways to engage children with the power of stories in a busy setting? Reach Out and Read volunteers bring the joy of reading to children in the pediatric clinic of the Hospital to entertain and promote literacy.

Recreation Therapy Assistant

Are you interested in geriatric care? Do you want to gain experience in a psychiatric setting while developing clinical skills? Are you pursuing a career in psychology, psychiatry, recreation, human services or creative arts therapy? Volunteer Recreation Therapy assistants assist the Recreation Therapist in developing and providing programming for geriatric inpatients.

Resident Evaluation Project (REP) Currently Full

Are you a pre-med student with good communication skills? Are you interested in helping to ensure quality medical care in the Hospital setting? Resident Evaluation Project (REP) volunteers interview patients to determine their satisfaction with physician interactions.

Sparks of Life

Are you a musician, singer or performer? Do you have a craft or artistic skill you can share? Do you recognize the power of the creative and healing arts in making a difference in another's life? The Sparks of Life program brings in a broad group of talented volunteers to entertain and comfort patients during their Hospital stay.

Step by Step

Are you compassionate, caring and a good listener? Are you interested in facilitating the healthy development of children? Do you feel comfortable interacting with families with toddlers? Step by Step volunteers provide caregivers with information about developmental milestones to help parents keep track of their young child's progress.

Surgical Waiting Room Liaison

Do you enjoy helping people who are undergoing stressful situations? Are you proactive and outgoing? Are you compassionate and calm? Surgical Waiting Room Liaisons offer information and comfort to families awaiting news of loved ones in surgery.

Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP) No longer accepting applications


Are you interested in being a part of the future of healthcare? Are you compassionate and eager to make a difference in patients' lives? Join other college students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare for a summer of intensive, hands-on learning in a dynamic Hospital setting.

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