Thank you for your interest in volunteering at White Plains Hospital. Our volunteer corps has grown to nearly 500 dedicated and talented individuals who together donate approximately 65,000 hours of their time annually. White Plains Hospital offers one of the most comprehensive and exciting volunteer programs in the region as well as the opportunity to serve as an integral part of White Plains Hospital, working alongside clinical and administrative staff to advance our mission of providing exceptional care every day.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, help those in need, meet interesting people, work with dynamic healthcare professionals, learn new skills and share your expertise.
In addition to adults, White Plains Hospital works with a large group of junior volunteers ages 14–17 from local high schools who assist in the gift shop, at the front desk, with patient transport, in the store room and on nursing units and other areas.
The hospital also regularly welcomes volunteers from local colleges and universities including Berkeley College, the Sanford-Brown Institute, Westchester Community College and Pace University.
Many different opportunities are available to work directly with patients and assist with nonpatient assignments. Read below for more details on the benefits of volunteering at White Plains Hospital, areas of opportunity and how to apply.
Volunteer assignments include:
- Welcoming and directing patients and visitors
Ambassadors and information desk volunteers greet and escort visitors to White Plains Hospital, provide directions and answer questions
- Participating in fundraising activities
The White Plains Hospital Auxiliary and Development Office offer dynamic opportunities to become engaged with the Hospital and participate in fundraising and benefit event planning activities.
- Providing support for patients and families through programs and services, such as:
- Caregiver Support Program (Download the brochure )
- Caring Canines (dog therapy program)
- Pastoral Care
- Patient Transport
- Patient Advocacy
- Nursing Units
- Clerical and Office
What our volunteers are saying
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
Sparky the Dog elicits smiles and good cheer, and spreads the healing power of his touch. For the duration of our visits, he helps reduce patient anxiety and isolation just by bringing his friendly "dogonality" into the room and giving patients something to talk about besides their illness.
—Marian and Sparky, Caring Canines Therapy Dog Program
Volunteering is a gift given to us by our patients. I’m always moved by how people are at their best, even when they’re feeling their worst.
—Bill, Patient Transport, Patient Advocacy
After years of working in a high-pressure financial services business, volunteering at White Plains Hospital is a great opportunity to really give back to my community. In any given experience on the job—be it in the cardiac ward, the front desk or the ER—I always say that if I can make one person's day a little bit easier, it makes my own all the better!
—Jonathan, Ambassador, Front Desk, Patient Advocacy
Volunteers are regularly recognized and appreciated for their contributions by Hospital staff, patients and visitors. Formal recognition is given at the Annual Volunteer Luncheon and throughout the year with the Volunteer of the Quarter Award.
Congratulations to Bob Goldsmith for receiving the most recent Volunteer of the Quarter Award! Goldsmith has volunteered in the White Plains Hospital emergency room (ER) for 30 years. To recognize his outstanding dedication and commitment to White Plains Hospital, the ER staff honored Goldsmith at a recent reception. “It has truly been an honor over these past 30 years to volunteer,” says Goldsmith. “I’ve stayed for so long because I believe that the doctors, nurses, and ER managers have always given the best possible care to patients who walk through our doors, and I’m glad to play a small part in assisting them.”
Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 70 hours per year. Flexible schedules are available, including weekend and evening shifts. For more information about volunteer opportunities at White Plains Hospital, call 914-681-1225. To apply, click below to download a PDF application and mail (do not e-mail) the completed application to:
White Plains Hospital
41 East Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
Age 18 or older: click here to view and print the adult application
Ages 14–17: click here to view and print the junior application