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Volunteer Services

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Yale New Haven Hospital. Established in 1933, the Yale New Haven Hospital volunteer program is one of the oldest in the country. There are a variety of rewarding volunteer roles to fit individual schedules, abilities and interests. 

Volunteer opportunities range from working directly with patients or more behind the scenes. Volunteers also have the opportunity to volunteer at numerous offsite YNHH locations.  Volunteers are required to be over the age of 15 and contribute a minimum of 3-4 hours a week for at least 6 months 

Previous applicants: If you applied during COVID and are still interested, please email us to confirm that your application is still on file at [email protected].

To ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, communities we serve, staff and volunteers, we are following the hospital mandate for full COVID vaccination including the booster. Masks are also required to be worn in the building.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Behind the Scenes: Volunteers who are placed in a behind the scenes assignment assist staff with clerical duties, deliveries and light computer work. 

Customer Service: Volunteers in a customer service position assist patients and visitors in navigating throughout the hospital or providing service to customers in the hospital’s gift shops. 

Integrative Wellness Programs: Reiki, Pet Therapy and Music/Arts are a few examples of volunteer programs that enhance the experience of patients, families, staff, and the communities we serve. Certification and expertise may be required. 

Patient Support: Volunteers placed in a patient support assignment provide assistance to patients and staff in clinic as well as inpatient areas. Assignments may vary between moderate or intense patient support. 

Volunteer programs


Non-student adult volunteers help in many areas of the hospital throughout the year. Adult volunteers are expected to volunteer once a week for 3 - 4 hours for a minimum of at least 6 months or 60 hours. Please complete the Volunteer Application. Thank you for your interest.


Academic Year Program (September–May) 
College students are expected to volunteer once a week for 3 - 4 hours for at least 6 months. Please complete the Volunteer Application.

Summer Program (May-August)
College students are required to volunteer twice a week for 3-4 hours for a minimum of 9 weeks during the months of May-August. This program fills quickly, and an interview is required. Please complete the Volunteer Application.

High School Program

2023 Summer High School Volunteer Program 

Monday, June 19 - Friday, August 18, 2023

Yale New Haven Hospital is one of the top hospitals in the United States and is proud to have a well-established and popular High School Volunteer Program. We are excited to announce we are currently accepting applicants for the 2023 Summer High School Volunteer Program. 

Students interested in learning more about the healthcare field, giving back to their community, and exploring possible career paths are invited to apply. Students must be 15 years of age (by the start of the program) and fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including the booster. Students need to be available to make a minimum commitment of 40 hours to the hospital. You will be assigned one day a week (Monday – Thursday) at either the York Street Campus or Saint Raphael Campus and volunteer a total of 5 hours per week (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.); time for lunch will be provided.   

If you are interested in applying for the 2023 Summer Volunteer Program, please: 

  1. Review the Summer High School Volunteer Information Guide
  2. Complete the Volunteer Application and submit it to: [email protected].

(Please note, we cannot open Google docs or .heic files.)

Space is limited and our program will fill quickly. We will stop accepting applications as of March 31, 2023, or when we reach capacity.

Within a week of receiving your application, we will send an email with directions to schedule your virtual informational interview.

Hope Program

The H.O.P.E. (Having an Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) Program is a job-skills training program for community residents. Participants become YNHH volunteers, enroll in a variety of training opportunities and serve in numerous capacities throughout the health system as they prepare to re-enter the workforce. Please take the first step by completing this application online and submitting to the email address, fax number or mailing to the address listed on the application. 

pdf Download the Hope Program application (Fillable PDF)

Contact Volunteer Services

York Street Campus

Saint Raphael Campus