Volunteer Overview

Volunteer Locations & Program Information

Westchester Behavioral Health Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Westchester Behavioral Health Center, opened in 1894, is one of the world’s most advanced centers for psychiatric care. NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, a 270-bed facility, serves children, adolescents, adults and the elderly with comprehensive outpatient, day treatment, partial hospitalization and inpatient services. In addition to clinical treatment, the Westchester Behavioral Health Center is a center for interdisciplinary medical research and education through its academic affiliate, Weill Cornell Medicine. The Department of Psychiatry features renowned experts who apply the latest information and the best traditions of compassionate medicine to the care of individuals suffering from mental illness and emotional problems.

Volunteer Opportunities

Patient Care Units

A valuable experience for those interested in a career or further study in the mental health field as well as nursing, medicine and social work. Unit volunteers add an additional 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 with patients of various psychiatric disorders. Responsibilities include providing assistance to patients, family members, and visitors and also helping the nursing and unit staff to put patients first. This includes visiting and talking with patients offering emotional support, satisfying nonclinical needs and assisting visitors on the unit.
Units available include:

  • Children/Adolescents
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Borderline Personality Disorders

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

Evaluation Center

The volunteer role in the Evaluation Center is to enhance the personal dimension of genuine concern and compassion to patients and their families. The volunteer reassures patients and their families that someone is concerned about their emotional and social needs and assists with their admission process. This has a significant impact on the individual's perception of the EC and hospital experience. The volunteer, through communication, companionship and the use of problem solving techniques, can change what might otherwise be perceived as an insensitive, impersonal environment, to one of compassion and genuine concern.  

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available daily 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

NYP Paws for Patients

NYP Paws for Patients allows volunteers, whose dogs are qualified with an approved organization, to engage with patients and staff throughout the hospital. Must be able to commit to at least two visits per month.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Center for Autism and Developing Brain (CADB)

Volunteers should be enthusiastic, friendly, good energy, and be willing to socialize and completely engage in activities. Experience and comfort interacting with children of various ages and ability levels is preferred. Volunteers will work with age-matched peers actively participating in group play and social activities with persons diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Volunteers will be expected to actively participate in all activities and interact appropriately with the other participants. The main patient population is persons diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Must be 18 years of age or older
Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Clerical

Volunteer duties include filing, copying, running errands, answering phones, mailings, collating etc. Candidates should be mature, responsible and reliable, and have excellent communication and computer skills. Experience in Microsoft Office preferred. Positions are in a wide range of offices, including Nursing, Social Work, Outpatient department, Medical Records and Health Information Management.

Available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Food and Nutrition

Assist the staff with food preparation and maintaining kitchen cleanliness, deliveries and event set up. Volunteers will also assist with clerical and administrative duties.

Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Patient Education Department

Assist with preparation of fact sheets, education materials, stocking EC, OPD, Marketing with materials for public display. Computer skills a must.

Available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM