Madonna Reed,
Cuddler Volunteer
"I've lived in Park Slope for the past 17 years.  I make a point to volunteer with organizations within my neighborhood because I believe that volunteering makes this community stronger."


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why volunteer?

People decide to volunteer for a variety of reasons but the overwhelming motivation is usually a desire to give back or make a difference in their community. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, try out different interests, meet new people and contribute to better health. In return for their dedication, NYM volunteers receive:

  • A complimentary meal every day served
  • A letter of record for a school and/or employer upon completion of volunteer service
  • Eligibility to join the NYM Federal Credit Union, a federally-insured financial institution, offering low-cost loans, savings opportunities, and other convenient services.
  • Wellness opportunities
  • Local discounts for goods and services
  • Access to the NYM Health Sciences Library
  • An invitation to our Annual Volunteer Celebration
  • Free annual flu shot
  • The opportunity to make a difference in someone's life

What is your time commitment?

We ask for a minimum commitment of six months of service for most of our programs (see below regarding summer-only opportunities). The minimum time commitment for the Patient Care, Project Contact, Critical Care Connection and Administrative programs is two 4-hour shifts a week and a total of 150 hours. For all other programs the minimum weekly commitment is listed on the program page. Many volunteers donate additional hours or shifts because they find their assignments so rewarding.

Verification of hours is only provided after completion of the full commitment.

Is there an age requirement?

We welcome all ages and levels of experience over the minimum age of 16.

What is the process?

First, review all of our program offerings to ensure that you are selecting a good match for your interests and availability. Then, submit the online application here. Once your application is received, it is reviewed and assessed. If we have a program that matches your qualifications, availability and desires, we will send you an email message to set up an interview. After you are accepted into a program, you will be invited to attend the necessary orientations. In addition, medical clearance is required to that certify you are vaccinated for measles, mumps, varicella and rubella and also free of tuberculosis. During flu season, you will be required to get the flu vaccine.

How long does it take to be processed?

On average, it takes four to six weeks for the process to be completed so you are ready to volunteer.

Can I volunteer just for the summer?

Yes. We accept students age 16 and up for special summer placements for June through August including a special summer college internship.

Will I be able to shadow a physician or gain clinical experience?

No. We do not offer shadowing or clinical experience through the volunteer office.

Do you have research positions available?

Yes, there are several research positions available. Please inquire at our office for further details.

If I volunteer will I get a job at the Hospital?

Volunteering at the Hospital does not guarantee employment.

How long do you keep applications?

Online applications are deleted from our system after 30 days of inactivity. Volunteers who begin the clearance process but do not complete it are deleted from our system at that time.

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