We need and welcome energetic volunteers of all ages and skills. Volunteers generally give a minimum of four hours a week for at least six months. There are a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or choose work behind-the-scenes.
Volunteer Programs at YNHH
High School Academic Year Program
Yale-New Haven Hospital is one of the top hospitals in the United States and is proud to have one of the most established volunteer programs. Students interested in learning more about the healthcare field, giving back to their community and exploring possible career paths should apply for the Youth Volunteer Program. Students must be 15 years of age and able to commit to volunteering for at least one 3 hour shift per week.
If you are interested in participating in our program beginning this fall, we encourage you to apply. Assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis, at the completion of all the requirements. If you are interested in applying for the Youth Volunteer Program, please print the Youth Volunteer Application Packet. You must complete the application and the one page reflection. Once you have completed the application and the one page reflection, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 203.688.2297 to schedule your interview.
Yale-New Haven Hospital has a long history of collaboration with area colleges and universities. College students may participate in a variety of assignments and volunteer throughout the academic year. Students considering a career in health care will find volunteer experience to be helpful in solidifying career choices.
During the months of May-August, college students may participate in a special summer program requiring 50 hours over the course of 9 weeks in a variety of volunteer positions.
To receive information, please fill out our Volunteer Information Request Form.
Non-student adult volunteers provide stability to the volunteer program throughout the year by assisting in many areas of the hospital. To receive information, please fill out our Volunteer Information Request Form.
- Ambassadors greet, escort or transport patients and visitors (by wheelchair) throughout the hospital.
- Atrium Gift Shop assistants help customers with purchases and keep the inventory up-to-date.
- Family Liaison Services provides information and support to families in the surgical family lounge.
- Information Desks welcome visitors, assist with directions and provide general information about the hospital to guests.
Trying to understand and cope with the challenges that arise during a hospital stay can be difficult. Volunteers help patients and their families by attempting to make the experience as comfortable as possible for everyone.
- Book Cart volunteers visit patients with a cart of reading materials.
- Elder Horizons volunteers have the opportunity to interact with geriatric patients, days or evenings.
- Emergency Department volunteers support patients and families in the Emergency Departments, and also assist staff by running errands and helping with a variety of tasks. Volunteers are needed in both the adult and pediatric departments.
- Heart Center volunteers who have had experience as cardiology patients provide peer-to-peer support to patients facing surgery.
- Reiki volunteers are certified Reiki practitioners who provide this gentle, hands-on energy healing technique to patients.
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven
Many volunteers are needed in Smilow Cancer Hospital. Ambassadors are needed to escort patients to various areas of the hospital. Accomplished pianists are sought to provide music in the hospital lobby, on the beautiful grand piano. Volunteers are needed in the Boutique to assist patients with selecting accessories. Navigators are needed in the outpatient treatment center to assist patients and their families on the first day of treatment.
Nurturing Connections is a volunteer telephone support program for first-time mothers. English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers are encouraged to apply. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Nurturing Connections, please contact Anita Bonilla, BSW, at 203.688.8165.
Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
While medical care is an essential part of any child's treatment, we believe the support our volunteers offer at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital to our patients and their families are an integral part of their care.
- Reach Out and Read volunteers read to children in busy outpatient areas, days only.
- Inpatient Unit volunteers interact with patients and families, providing age-appropriate activities.
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit volunteers support patients, families and staff.
- Pediatric Library volunteers offer pediatric patients a book from the library cart; volunteers retrieve and stock library books as needed.
- Sib Shop allows volunteers to interact with the brothers and sisters of pediatric patients, playing games and participating in activities.
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