Volunteer Overview

Volunteer Locations & Program Information

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, a 299 bed facility located right off the GeorgeWashington Bridge, offers the best available care in every area of pediatrics — including the most complex neonatal and critical care, and all areas of pediatric subspecialties — in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. Building a reputation for more than a century as one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is Manhattan’s only hospital dedicated solely to the care of children and one of the largest providers of children’s health services in the tri-state area with a long-standing commitment to its community. It is also a major international referral center, meeting the special needs of children from infancy through adolescence worldwide.

Volunteer Opportunities

Radio Lollipop

The Radio Lollipop at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a volunteer driven program.  Volunteers man an onsite interactive radio studio that can be patient operated and broadcasted to every room within the hospital. The On-air broadcast also features games, art projects, storytelling and contests in which kids win prizes. Volunteer deejays create excitement among patients by playing music hits, taking call-in requests and putting kids "on air" to actively participate in the magic of radio. Under the direction of Child Life staff, volunteers provide arts and crafts activities and play games with patients at bedside.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Child Life

The Child Life Program at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a therapeutic play and activities program. It is designed to reduce the emotional impact of illness and hospitalization on children and their families. Members of the professional Child Life staff are trained in child development, psychology, education and other closely related fields. Child Life staff addresses some of the special needs of hospitalized children and adolescents by providing age-appropriate and therapeutic play activities which foster continued growth and development. The assistance of Child Life volunteers is vital to meeting this goal. Volunteers can welcome patients and families, provide toys, arts and crafts activities, play games with patients and be a companion when one is needed. Under the direct supervisor of a Child Life Specialist, volunteers can play with children both in the playroom, at bedside and in Same Day Surgery department.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Pediatric Emergency Department

With genuine concern and compassion, volunteers in the emergency department provide emotional support to the patients and their families in the waiting room. Volunteers liaise between patients, families and clinical staff, and are trained in various methods of interaction with children such as one-to-one or group readings, board games, activities, drawing, etc.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available daily, 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

The Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center, centrally located on the first floor central of the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY and the Sloane Hospital for Women, provides a warm, quiet and inviting place where families may conduct computer research on issues facing their children. It is staffed with a full time Health Librarian, who will manage the center and assist families with research requests on diagnoses and other health and hospital related issues. Information on other resources are also available at the center. The volunteer will assist the Family Resource Center Librarian as well as patients and families in navigating the amenities available in the FRC (computers, fax/copy, etc.) In addition, volunteers may deliver information packets to designated patient/family rooms.

Must be 21 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Occupational/Physical Therapy

Volunteers assist therapists with follow-up phone surveys, appointment confirmation and patient registration. They greet patients upon arrival, and assist therapists with a variety of tasks such as setup/cleanup of the treatment area, organizing materials, assisting with treatment groups, folding towels, sheets, and gowns.

Must be 18 years of age or older and already be enrolled in a PT/OT program
Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Outpatient Areas

Many patients who come to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital for testing or outpatient treatment are dealing with difficult illness. The process can be stressful for patients and family members. Volunteers work in Outpatient Areas such the Diagnostic Imaging Suite, Oncology Clinic, Cardiology Clinic and Infusion Center. They play a key role interacting with patients and staff. They will supervise the play area on the unit and coordinate activities with children who are waiting in this area. Volunteers will also serve as liaisons between staff in the testing area and families in the waiting area - bringing information on patient status when needed.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sibling Program-Charna's Kids Club

A special place for siblings of patients to interact with peers, participate in activities that create a safe place for expression, and social support including: creative play, art, crafts, music, drama, dance, structured group games, activities, free play time, homework help and special events. Volunteers will assist in preparing and implementing recreational activities for the siblings of inpatient children. They will be trained in the special needs of siblings with a sister or brother in the hospital. They will also provide individualized attention and collaborate in the maintenance of a playful and safe environment.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Sloane Hospital for Women: Ante & Post Partum Units

Volunteers are trained to visit expectant and new mothers to assess their needs and to provide a warm welcome environment. Volunteers will provide much needed general office assistance at the direction of departmental staff. Duties may include answering telephones, filing, data entry, or the use of innovative technology to survey patients at bedside to obtain feedback in real time. .  Ideal candidates should be compassionate, empathic, and tech savvy.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Arts in Medicine

An Art program that brings artists to the hospital weekly to work with children in a creative setting. Children in the Pediatric Oncology and the Pediatric Neurology Clinic paint, sculpt, build and draw with the encouragement and guidance of specially trained artists. These weekly sessions offered in clinic waiting rooms engage patients and their parents and siblings in meaningful self-expression, improving the entire clinic experience. Volunteers will assist the artist's and engage children in the process of art making. Although certainly welcomed, no previous art experience is necessary. We require an ability to be flexible, patient, and attentive to children's needs in the midst of a very busy clinic environment.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tuesdays from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM