Volunteer Services


Thank you for your interest in volunteering. In September 2020, the Yale New Haven Health System welcomed back a small number of volunteers in non-patient facing roles. We hope to be able to welcome new volunteers into the system in early 2021. You are welcome to apply at this time or you may check back on this website for further updates.

Established in 1933, Yale New Haven Hospital has one of the oldest organized hospital volunteer programs in the country. The hospital's 2,400 volunteers contribute more than 200,000 hours of service annually.

The Volunteer Services Department needs and welcomes energetic volunteers of all ages and skills on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses. 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 work behind the scenes.

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. The first step is to complete an application.  Please print out the application and mail it to the address listed on the application. If you do not have access to a printer, please fill out the Volunteer Information Request form and we will mail you an application.

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)