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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 

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.


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 2023)
The Summer Program s currently full. We are accepting applications for the Academic Program.

High School Program

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. 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.
•  We require volunteers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including the booster.
•  We require volunteers to be vaccinated for Flu during Flu season (Dec. 1 – April 1).
•  Students must be available to complete their commitment to the program (please refer to the attached Information Guide).

We offer three sessions a year: two during the academic year (fall and spring) and one during the summer.

Fall Program
Late September – Mid-December
Monday – Friday, 3 pm – 5 pm, 1 shift per week. 
Applications for the fall program will be accepted between June 15 and July 15, (Application below)

ZOOM Interviews will be held in late-July/first week of August.

We will stop accepting applications when we reach capacity.  

Spring Program 
Early February – Mid-April
Monday – Friday, 3 pm – 5 pm, 1 shift per week. 
Applications for the spring program will be accepted between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. (Application below)

ZOOM Interviews will be held in late-November/early December.

We will stop accepting applications when we reach capacity.  

Summer Program
Late June – Mid-August
Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 2 pm, 1 shift per week (time for lunch will be provided).
Applications for the summer program will be accepted between Feb. 15 and March 15. (Application below)

ZOOM Interviews will be held in late-March/early April.

We will stop accepting applications when we reach capacity.  

Please review the High School Programs- Information Guide before applying to our program.  


High School Volunteer Application. Please submit application to: [email protected]. Please note, we cannot open Google docs or .heic files. Upon receipt of your application, you will be invited to an informational ZOOM interview via email (If you do not receive this email, please check your spam and junk folders for communication that may have been filtered by your mail applicaton).



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