Volunteer Overview

Volunteer Locations & Program Information

Gracie Square Hospital

Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Gracie Square Hospital has offered compassionate, high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care for over 60 years. Established by Richard, Larry, and Cynthia Zirinsky in 1958, Gracie Square was built on the core concept of focusing on the individual needs of each patient. We are proud to carry on the vision and legacy of the Founding Family, and we thank the Zirinsky Family for their continued support, generosity, and involvement.

Holistic & Patient-Centered Care

Today Gracie Square Hospital is the only freestanding inpatient mental healthcare institution in Manhattan and continues to be a leader in behavioral health. We take a holistic approach to treat each individual's mental health, employing immersive programming specially tailored to focus on the mind, body, and soul of each patient. Throughout treatment, our team collaborates with patients, their loved ones, and the networks that surround them — an approach we take to facilitate the recovery and return of our patients to their families and communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Patient Care Units

Volunteering on one of our patient care units offers a valuable experience for those interested in a career or further study in medicine, mental health, nursing, or social work. Unit volunteers bring another dimension of care and compassion to patients and their families.

Under the supervision of the nursing staff, volunteers will assist with the daily activities in a clinical setting for patients with various psychiatric disorders. Responsibilities include assisting patients, family members, and visitors and helping the nursing and unit staff. Tasks may include visiting and talking with patients, offering emotional support, and addressing nonclinical needs.

Units available include:

  • Crisis Stabilization Program
  • Affective (Mood) Disorders Program
  • Psychotic Disorders Program
  • Dual Focus Program
  • Asian Psychiatry Program
  • Young Adult & Mood Disorders Program
  • Older Adult Program (Geriatric Service)
  • Orthodox Jewish Program

Must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer
Available daily, 7:00 AM-8:00 PM