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Volunteer opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at White Plains Hospital. Since White Plains Hospital’s founding in 1893, we have relied on the greater community for support and sustenance. We are so grateful for our volunteers who share their time and talent in such meaningful ways!

The phrase "makes a difference" may be overused, but it expresses what I feel at the end of the day as a caregiver partner when I have helped someone in distress. Having loaned an ear is often all that’s needed for me to go home with a good feeling that I have helped someone have a better day.
—Stephie, Caregiver Support Program

Currently, volunteers provide support for patients and families through programs and services, such as:

Administrative/Office Departments

Volunteers provide administrative assistance in various office capacities strengthening their data review and entry, copying, scanning, and phone work skills.

Ambulation Program (Physical Therapy)

Early Ambulation Program Volunteers assist, accompany and encourage identified inpatients to ambulate and move from one place to another. Training will be provided to volunteers by designated Physical Medicine & Rehab staff. Due to the training involved, we kindly ask volunteers to commit to 6 months of service. Hours for the DPT Program application can be earned.

Ambulatory Surgery

Our volunteers in Ambulatory Surgery provide support to patients here for same day procedures and general assistance to staff.

Book Cart

Volunteers offer books, magazines, and newspaper & general conversation to patients at their bedside.

Caregiver Support

The White Plains Hospital Caregiver Support Program is designed to provide support and resources to those caring for loved ones facing the challenge of acute or chronic illness. Caregiver Partners (volunteers) will be specially trained to provide emotional support and counseling, identify family needs, help families navigate the hospital system and provide community resources. Our volunteers say that they "get back more than they give."

If you have been a family caregiver and understand the challenges that families can face, please consider applying for Caregiver Support. You only have to bring your compassion and kindness and we will provide the rest. We provide ongoing training and support to our volunteers throughout their time as a Caregiver Partner.

Caring Canines (Therapy Dog)

Our Volunteer & Dog Teams visit inpatients at the Main Hospital and staff throughout the healthcare system to help reduce anxiety and feelings of isolation and help improve overall mood. Volunteer and Dog teams must be certified through a qualified pet therapy organization.

Center for Cancer Care

Volunteers help to create a positive atmosphere at our Center for Cancer Care assisting with various department needs.

Creative heARTS (At Home Opportunity)

Creative heARTS is a program at White Plains Hospital that utilizes the artistic talents of volunteers and community members in order to engage with hospital patients and staff in a meaningful way. Volunteers are asked to create and donate handmade items—such as origami, jewelry, small pictures and paintings (size 4x6in or smaller), poetry, knitted or crocheted items, and greeting cards—for distribution to patients at WPH and the Center for Cancer Care, staff throughout the healthcare system, and to the hospital's gift shop locations.

To get involved, please email the idea of what you'd like to create and donate. Please specify if you would like your items to be distributed to patients, staff, the gift shops, or wherever it's needed most.

When your items are made and ready to be donated, they can be dropped off any time to the front desk reception area of White Plains Hospital at 20 Davis Avenue labelled with your name, email, and destination, along with amount of time spent in creating your art or crafts so you can receive credit for your service hours.

We happily invite school classrooms and community organizations to engage in creating the items together as a group project. Thank you and happy crafting!

Emergency Department

Our volunteers in the Emergency Department serve as a liaison between patients, families and staff and ensure that they have everything they need for comfort.

Family Health Center

Volunteers provide general assistance to staff at our Family Health Center that provides integrated primary, specialty, and preventative care to community members. Bilingual skills are highly appreciated in this location.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop Volunteers assist in our campus’s two Boutiques and help customers enjoy a bit of retail therapy.

Healing Touch Program

Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy that uses gentle, heart-centered touch to assist in balancing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. Our trained Healing Touch Volunteers provide Healing Touch modality to patients and caregivers as requested. The Hospital will sponsor Healing Touch certification training to selected and cleared volunteers.

Healthful Harmonies

Our Healthful Harmonies Volunteers are singers/musicians who provide music at the patient’s bedside to create a pleasant, healing atmosphere.

Information Desk & Reception Areas

Volunteers at our information desk and reception areas extend a warm, friendly welcome, greet patients and visitors, and provide direction as needed.

Life Story Narrative Program

Life Story Facilitators are specifically trained to interview patients who have agreed to be part of our Life Story Narrative Program and record the patient’s life story. The facilitator must be able to listen, converse and possess excellent writing skills, as reflected in a writing sample. We ask for a commitment of at least one year for this program.

Pastoral Care

If you are interested in volunteering with our Department of Pastoral Care, please contact Pastoral Care directly at 914-681-2395 to discuss.

Patient Experience

Patient Experience Volunteers provide a welcoming environment to inpatients and family members, engage in friendly, non-clinical conversation, and provide a listening ear when needed. Volunteers inform patients/family of Hospital information, help connect to resources as appropriate, and act as a liaison with staff.

Patient and Materials Transport

Volunteers work alongside our Patient Transport team to help escort transport patients and visitors throughout the hospital and transport materials as needed.

Fundraising activities

The Friends of White Plains Hospital and Foundation Office offer dynamic opportunities to become engaged with the Hospital and participate in fundraising and benefit event planning activities.

Learn more about the Friends of White Plains Hospital.

Junior volunteer program

Assignments are available for students ages 16 to 17 to work with staff in clinical and nonclinical areas. Students will get the benefit of learning, observing, and interacting with patients, families and staff, offering their insight and talent to enhance the patient and family experience. Scholarship opportunities available for volunteers graduating high school, offered by the Friends of White Plains Hospital.

As a high school student, my life is often packed with tests, sports and homework. However, volunteering at the hospital is a highlight of my week, because I get to be a part of making someone's hospital experience a little less stressful. I am so glad I decided to start volunteering in my freshmen year because of the people I have met and helped and the better person I have become.
—Lily N., Information Desk Junior Volunteer, 16

School internships:

Volunteer internships are available for school credit with participating high schools and colleges; days/times are tailored to student and school requirements as appropriate.

Volunteer applications

For those interested in summer volunteer positions, please apply by the deadline April 14th, 2024.

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 70 hours per year. Flexible schedules are available, including weekend and evening shifts.

Contact Us:
White Plains Hospital
Volunteer Department
41 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601