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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are integral and valuable members of the hospital’s team, and they often serve as a source of comfort and cheer to those who are hospitalized.

No matter your age, you can make a difference in the lives of our patients by becoming a volunteer. Through volunteering at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, you will have the opportunity to learn more about our world-class services, gain valuable experience and make long-lasting friendships.

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that can be customized to meet your needs and fit your schedule. Even if you are not sure about how you may fit in, we can help you choose an opportunity based on your background and experience.

Listed below are available volunteer opportunities based on our current needs, but additional volunteer opportunities may exist:

  • Gift shop
  • Programs in Zucker HIllside Hospital (primarily for psychology majors)
  • Departmental liaisons
  • Surgical waiting room
  • Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
  • Clerical assignments
  • Reception/lobby ambassadors
  • Patient and family ambassadors
  • Pet therapy
  • Art therapy

For more information, contact the Volunteer Department at (718/516) 470-7092 or email [email protected]. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Volunteering requirements

We look for volunteers who are committed to making a difference in our patients' lives. If you are caring and compassionate, this is an opportunity for you to use your unique talents and skills to provide a meaningful and satisfying experience. This opportunity offers valuable exposure to the healthcare industry.

Requirements include the following:

  • The minimum age to volunteer at Long Island Jewish Medical Center is 14.
  • The minimum age to volunteer at Zucker Hillside Hospital is 17.
  • There is a 100-hour commitment per calendar year.
  • Volunteers must meet the standards of patient and family-centered care: professional, courteous, compassionate and respectful.
  • Applicants must be interviewed. If accepted, there is a six-month probationary period.
  • All applicants must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation, receive medical clearance and volunteers 18 years of age and older must complete and clear a background screening before they can begin their assignment.
  • Junior volunteers (ages 14-18) must also submit working papers and a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher.

We cannot guarantee employment. Please consult Northwell Health Careers for more information about job opportunities.

To apply or for more information, contact the Volunteer Department at (718/516) 470-7092 or email [email protected]. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Organ donation

When you become an organ donor, you donate life. Consider these facts from the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN):

  • More than 120,000 people nationwide are on the national waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, including approximately 10,000 New Yorkers.
  • Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the list.
  • A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation and improve the lives of up to 50 others with tissue donation.

Types of tissue and organ donation include:

  • Organ donation—The donation of an organ from an individual who has been declared brain dead. The organs are transplanted into individuals based on need through a national waiting list.
  • Tissue donation—The donation of tissue (bone, eyes, fascia, heart valves and vessels) from an individual who has suffered cardiac or brain death
  • Living donation—The donation of organs from a living donor to an individual with a matching blood and/or tissue type.
  • Consent for donation—An approval from the family of an organ or tissue donor to donate tissue and/or organs. Even if a patient has signed a donor card, the family still needs to consent.

Long Island Jewish Medical Center works with NYODN to facilitate tissue and organ transplants. Here are some ways that we’re helping improve donation rates in our region:

  • We are a member of the Health Resource and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
  • Through our Service Improvement Coordinating Group for Donation, representatives from all Northwell Health system hospitals meet bimonthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center healthcare professionals have formed a Donor Council, a hospital-based group that is committed to donation initiatives.
  • We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.