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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all volunteer programs at Staten Island University Hospital have been temporarily suspended.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers play an integral role at Staten Island University Hospital. We are looking for volunteers who are compassionate, professional, dedicated and reliable—whether you’re a teenager preparing for your future career, employed or retired. We know that a small amount of time can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Volunteering requirements

  • Application: Submit a completed application to the campus of your choice (North or South), including two letters of recommendation, to [email protected]. All applicants will be contacted within seven days by the Volunteer Service team. Please note: A valid Social Security number is needed for your application to be reviewed—and completing an application does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.
  • Media consent form: All applicants will sign a media consent form.
  • Background investigation: All volunteer applicants 18 and over will need to complete a background check.
  • Medical form: All applicants must have a completed medical form.
  • In-person interview: Applicants are reviewed and considered based on assessed skills, interests, level of demonstrated commitment and the availability of volunteer positions. A reference and background check are conducted. Please note some programs require a second interview with your designated supervisor. If accepted, there is a six-month probationary period.
  • 100 hours: Volunteers must commit a minimum of 100 hours of service with a minimum four hours of service per week. However, the number of hours may be subject to change depending on the needs of the department with the approval of the department supervisor.

Junior volunteer requirements

High school students age 16 or 17 with working papers can obtain valuable experience for future careers by volunteering. Students must submit a Parental Consent Form and two letters of recommendations.

  • General application: All applicants will be contacted within seven days by the Volunteer Service team. Completing an application does not guarantee acceptance into the Volunteer program.
  • Media consent form: All applicants/guardians will sign a media consent form.
  • Background check/security: All volunteer applicants 18 and over will need to complete a background check.
  • Pre-placement medical evaluation: A medical screening by your primary care doctor will need to be arranged. A medical form (and additional form) will need to be filled out, which includes a report of a current physical exam and laboratory (bloodwork) to prove immunity. You will be asked for a copy of laboratory results of measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis B survey antibody and hepatitis B core antibody. A list of vaccines will not be accepted as a replacement. Any expenses incurred will not be covered by the hospital.
  • In-person interview: Applicants are reviewed and considered based on assessed skills, interests, level of demonstrated commitment and the availability of volunteer positions. A reference and background check are conducted. Please note some programs require a second interview with your designated supervisor. If accepted, there is a six-month probationary period.
  • 100 hours: Volunteers must commit a minimum of 100 hours of service with a minimum four hours of service per week. However, the number of hours may be subject to change depending on the needs of the department with the approval of the department supervisor.
  • PPD (tuberculosis skin test): Your doctor will administer your first PPD; Employee Health Services at the hospital must place the second PPD, which is a requirement. If you test positive, a copy of the placement and read dates is required, along with a copy of a chest X-ray within one year. This evaluation is required by NYS Public Health Law to promote safety and well-being of our patients and our staff.
  • Orientation: Once all documentation is completed, our team will call the volunteer to reserve a seat for the mandatory orientation. You will complete an orientation before starting your volunteer assignment. The orientation will cover hospital guidelines, regulations, policies and procedures as they pertain to your placement. You will also complete an orientation with the area to which you are assigned within 30 days from start.
  • Attendance: Volunteers are expected to meet their scheduled service hours. Supervisors must be notified of any absences in advance or as soon as possible. Volunteer Services should be notified of any extensive absences. After three consecutive unexcused absences without notification, the supervisor and/or department reserve the right to terminate the volunteer. All volunteers must sign in and out when reporting to service at the volunteer kiosk. Failure to do so will result in service hours not being recorded.

Greeter and navigator

The Greeter welcomes and assists patients, their families and visitors entering the hospital. These volunteers answer questions, provide information and help visitors/patients get to their destination. They also provide basic needs to patients within the Emergency Department, such as blankets and pillows.

Pastoral care

Pastoral care strives to meet the spiritual and religious needs of patients. Administered by our board-certified chaplain, our pastoral care program serves all denominations and faiths, as well as those not affiliated with any faith.  Pastoral care volunteers assist our chaplain in visiting patients and contacting clergy or members of a patient’s congregation, if needed.

Gift shop

These volunteers greet and serve customers at the Staten Island University Hospital (North and South) campuses. Responsibilities also include assisting with sales, stocking shelves and delivering flowers and cards to patient rooms.

Physical therapy

Volunteers will assist the therapist and rehabilitation specialists in departmental functions.  The volunteer is directly supervised by the therapist or other rehabilitation personnel when performing general tasks.

Pet therapy

Our partnership with Luv On a Leash allows volunteers, whose dogs are qualified with an approved therapy dog organization, to engage with patients and staff throughout the hospital. Volunteers must be 18 or older to participate and able to commit to at least two visits per month.

Music therapy

One of the newest programs, music therapy includes Musicians On Call, a volunteer organization founded in 1999 that brings music directly to the bedside. We believe that music gives patients a safe place to express emotions. It’s a holistic interaction with the patient as a person and music lover.