Volunteering at NewYork-Prebsyterian/Lawrence Hospital 

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital volunteers are warm and caring individuals who give back to their community. Volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings providing an extra dimension of care to our patients and families.

Information Desk
Information desk volunteers greet visitors to the hospital, provide directions and answer questions. They may also walk visitors to the area of the hospital they wish to visit, and be called upon to discharge patients who need wheelchairs.
Patient Care Units
Unit volunteers add an additional dimension of care and compassion to patients and their families. Responsibilities include providing assistance to patients, family members, and visitors and also helping the nursing and unit staff to put patients first. This includes visiting and talking with patients offering emotional support, satisfying nonclinical needs and assisting visitors on the unit.
Perioperative Services/ASU Waiting Area
Volunteers engage with patients and family members with a focus on patient satisfaction. Duties will include explaining hospital procedures, escorting patients to their destinations, putting family members at ease, running errands, and generally serving as a liaison between the waiting room and patient care areas.
Emergency Department
The volunteer role in the Emergency Department is to enhance the personal dimension of genuine concern and compassion to patients and their families. The volunteer reassures patients and their families that someone is concerned about their emotional and social needs. This has a significant impact on the individual's perception of the ED and hospital experience. The volunteer, through communication, companionship and the use of problem solving techniques, can change what might otherwise be perceived as an insensitive, impersonal environment, to one of compassion and genuine concern. You must be over 18 years of age.
Gift Shop
The gift shop is looking for friendly, pleasant volunteers to help put away stock, check and price new merchandise and greet customers.
This opportunity offers the chance for a volunteer to become a valuable member of a department team. Volunteers will provide much needed general office assistance at the direction of departmental staff. Duties may include answering telephones, filing, data entry or light typing, labeling, running errands, etc. Pleasant personality and accuracy are important. Opportunities are available in various settings: clinics, nursing units, doctor office, administration etc.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the process?
Once your application is received, it is reviewed and assessed. If we have an opening for the time, day, and program you are interested in, we will invite you to an interview. Once interviewed in our office, you will be referred to a direct supervisor who will also interview you. After the interview process, you will have a medical screening provided by the hospital at no cost.
How long does it take to be processed?
On average, it takes 4 weeks to be completely processed and ready to volunteer.
What are your time commitments?
The minimum time commitment is 4 hours a week for a total of 150 hours of service (approximately 6 months of service). You must be able to commit to coming in on a weekly basis.
Can I volunteer just for the summer?
Yes. Summer volunteers must commit to a minimum of 15 hours a week for 10 weeks.
How old must I be?
The minimum age to volunteer is 16 years of age.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. Volunteers are not allowed to wear blue jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts open toe shoes, t-shirts or shorts. All volunteers will be given a smock that they must wear over their clothing while volunteering.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, call 914-787-3316.