At the heart of Northwell Health are its hospitals, where the very latest advances in medicine are changing and saving lives every day throughout the New York metropolitan region.
Patients come first in everything we do from personalized care and the use of advanced technologies to cutting-edge research and program support. Your gift directly impacts the health of our community while transforming the future of medicine in your own backyard.
You can make a difference in our patients’ lives by becoming a volunteer at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. From helping elderly patients with recreation, to greeting patients and families, to soothing a sick child, our volunteers provide a caring and compassionate presence.
Whether they are teens or seniors, our volunteers all share a generosity of spirit and a dedication to giving. Through volunteering at Long Island Jewish, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our hospital, one of the top health care providers in the region.
Become a Volunteer at Long Island Jewish Medical Center
We offer dynamic volunteer opportunities that can be customized to meet your needs and fit your schedule. With numerous departments on our 48-acre campus, you’ll have a variety of volunteer positions to choose from.
Even if you’re not sure how you might fit in, we’ll help you decide. Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and experiences—that’s what makes our program a success.
Throughout your volunteer experience at Long Island Jewish, you will gain knowledge not only about us, but also a deeper knowledge about yourself. You will:
- See how your caring and selfless assistance benefits those who come through our doors.
- Learn that you can make a difference.
- Use your unique talents and skills in a productive, meaningful endeavor.
The following are some available volunteer opportunities, depending on current need:
- Marketplace/Wellness Boutique (gift shops):
- Provide a customer-focused environment for our patients and families
- Sales, stock and register experience very helpful
- Must be able to stand and walk throughout the shops during your shift
- Day, weekend and evening shifts available
- Programs in Zucker Hillside Hospital, our mental health facility
- This opportunity is primarily for psychology majors.
- Please contact (718) 470-8110 for details.
- Departmental Liaisons
- Assist a department with the flow and communication with patients and families
- Escort patients to specific areas
- Surgical Waiting Room
- Provide needed communication for families during their loved one’s surgery
- Must be focused on customer service focused: reliable, compassionate, able to communicate well with others and assist in alleviating some of the families’ stress
- Flexible weekday shifts available
- Hospital Elder Life Program
- Improve the hospital stay of older patients by providing companionship, stimulation, orientation and therapeutic recreation interventions
- Must be reliable and have strong communication skills and an interest in helping others
- Experience working with older adults and/or an interest in the healthcare profession useful
- Classroom and unit training is provided and required
- Volunteer In-Patient Service Excellence
- Enhance service by rounding on patients to help address nonclinical needs, implement service recovery in a timely manner and support unit staff in its efforts to make patients comfortable
- Must be courteous, active listeners and able to execute their roles with discretion
- Classroom and unit training is provided and required.
- Be one of the first people that patients and/or families meet
- Must represent the hospital by being professional and warm
- Greet, provide needed directions and most important, escort the person(s) to their destination
- Flexible schedules available
- Clerical assignments
- Filing, copying, collating and answering phones
- Available in a variety of medical departments throughout the campus
- Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Requirements for Volunteering at LIJ
We look for volunteers who can make everyone they meet feel more comfortable and who are totally committed to our patients' and families' needs. Working as part of a team often means that volunteers will be asked to help in areas other than those assigned. That’s when our volunteers shine.
Here are our requirements for volunteers. Please be aware that it may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete all of these components:
- The commitment is 100 hours per year: a minimum of one 3- to 4-hour shift each week for a minimum of six months.
- The minimum age to volunteer at LIJ Medical Center is 14.
- The minimum age to volunteer at Zucker Hillside Hospital is 17.
- Volunteers must meet the standards of patient- and family-centered care: professional, courteous, compassionate and respectful.
- Applicants must be interviewed. If accepted on a probationary basis, all applicants must attend a mandatory orientation to Northwell Health, the hospitals and the Volunteer Department.
- Volunteers must receive medical clearance before starting any assignment.
- All applicants age 18 and over must submit to searches and verifications for:
- County convictions
- Social Security number
- National Sex Offender Locator
- NY Nurse Aide Registry
- Background check for fraud of federally-funded healthcare programs
- Junior volunteers (ages 14 to 18) must also submit working papers and a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor.
General Information for Volunteers
- We may not have college-level assignments available for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Students must obtain their own sponsors.
- Junior volunteers (ages 14–18) are assigned to clerical service and must be able to arrive at the hospital no later than 3:30 p.m. during the week/school term. We currently have no weekend openings for junior volunteers.
- Volunteers will be in a 3-month probationary period to ensure that they are meeting the hospital’s needs.
- We will hold your application for 3 months. If you have not completed the medical component in a timely manner, we will remove your documentation from our files.
- We cannot guarantee employment. Please consult Northwell Health Careers for information.
Contact the Volunteer Department at LIJ
For more information, call 718/516-470-7092 or email [email protected] Our office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed on legal holidays.
We may not want to think about what's going to happen to our bodies after we die, so it can be hard to consider donating your organs and tissue. But, thousands of Americans die each year because there are not enough suitable donors. Being an organ or tissue donor is a generous, rewarding decision that can save many lives.
Become a Tissue and Organ Donor
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 Donors
- 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 a 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.
Tissue and Organ Donation at Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Long Island Jewish Medical Center works with the New York Organ Donor Network 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 hospitals meet bi-monthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
- LIJ health care 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.