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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.


High School Students

We are excited to host the “Careers in Healthcare” discussion panel, a virtual webinar series hosted by Yale New Haven Health System Volunteer Services. The next webinar is 11 am - Noon, Jan. 17.

The webinar features panelists who are in clinical roles at YNHH. They will discuss the personal and academic challenges they have faced in pursuing their professional objectives. (Find out more about the panelists.)

Open the webinar 
(at the designated time)


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

Spring 2023 High School Volunteer Program - Program is Full

Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 - Friday, April 14, 2023 

Thank you for your interest in the Spring High School Volunteer Program. We have had an overwhelming interest in our spring program and have reached capacity. If you are interested in volunteering in our Summer Student Volunteer Program, please check back in early March for more information.

Summer 2023 High School Volunteer Program

Monday, June 19, 2023 - Friday, Aug. 18, 2023 (tentative)

Check back in early March for more information.

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