Each year more than 600 concerned and dedicated community members serve as Lutheran HealthCare volunteers, enhancing the quality of our services by providing assistance to patients, their families, visitors and staff. Our volunteers are high school and college students, retirees, career professionals, employed and unemployed, couples and former patients or their family members and friends. We invite you to become involved and make a difference in patient's lives.
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We have volunteer opportunities to match your interests, skills and schedule. Join us to make good things happen in our community, explore health career opportunities, gain work experience, brush up on your skills, meet academic requirements and meet new people.
If you're interested in volunteering at Lutheran HealthCare, please:
- Review and complete the application (Click here)
- Call us at 718-630-7296 to schedule an interview appointment
- Bring your completed application to the interview appointment
o Review of your application and the interview will help us
determine the best volunteer assignment/position for you
- Complete and return your medical clearance forms
o You will receive the form at the time of your interview
- Attend all orientations and trainings required for your assignment
Click here to download and print the application
Lutheran HealthCare is committed to complementing and supporting the goals and objectives of many departments and programs by providing compassionate, well-trained, and resourceful individuals whop help enhance the quality of services for our customers. Many of our volunteers are bilingual. We are actively recruiting bilingual volunteers who represent the communities we serve.
There are more than 80 areas and programs in which volunteers are placed. Placements range from those with direct patient contact, such as the Rehabilitation Programs to those with little patient contact, such as clerical support. Here is a sample listing:
Emergency Department Family Liaison
Health Literacy Program
Patient Assistance – Nursing Units
Patient Navigators - Oncology
Pediatrics Play Program
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Pups for Patients
Reach Out and Read
Data Entry Projects
Special Mailings and Projects
Community Health Education - Health Fairs
One Time Projects
Seniors in Touch – Recreation with the Elderly
What are the time requirements?
The minimum time commitment is 4 hours a week, unless otherwise specified. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to serve at least 150 hours over a period of one year or a minimum of six (6) months. Letters of reference are written for 150 hours of service or more. Academic requirements for internship hours for one term can be discussed at the initial interview appointment.
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
The minimum age is 14.
How long does it take to be processed once the application is completed?
On average it takes about 4 weeks to be processed and ready for placement.
Are there volunteer opportunities in the summer?
We accept students for summer placements. Many students volunteer from June – August. A minimum of 10 hours per week is required. Apply by the month of May to assure summer placement.
If I volunteer during the summer, may I return at vacation time or next summer?
Yes, when you leave at the end of the summer, let us know that you intend to return during vacation times and the following summer.
Does volunteering at the hospital mean I will be able to get a job there?
Volunteering at the hospital does not guarantee employment.
Lutheran HealthCare volunteers receive:
A courtesy meal ticket each day worked
A letter of recommendation upon request (minimum of 150 hours required)
A volunteer uniform to wear on hospital premises
An invitation to the annual recognition event
A free annual flu shot
Rewards affiliated with helping others
The LMC Auxiliary is an integral part of the Lutheran HealthCare family. Started in 1906, the auxiliary supports the work of the medical center through service-oriented projects and fundraising activities. Through the years, the auxiliary has donated more than $2 million dollars to purchase a new trauma service ambulance, multilingual signage for the hospital, cutting edge radiation therapy equipment for cancer patients, expansion of the emergency room and recovery rooms, renovation of the NICU and the addition of new elevators.
Members of the auxiliary are dedicated to:
- Providing services to patients and their families.
- Promoting the hospital in the community.
- Fundraising to support patient care needs.
For additional information or to join the auxiliary, call 718-630-7296