Volunteering — Westchester Behavioral Health Center

NewYork-Presbyterian - Westchester

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. Some of our populations include geriatrics, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorders, crisis stabilization, women’s issues, child & adolescents, eating disorders and substance abuse.

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

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 18 years or older to participate and able to commit to at least two visits per month.

Available daily 9:00 AM – 8:00 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.

Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


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


Assist in shipping and receiving, stocking shelves, delivery of packages to various locations throughout hospital.

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

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


Assist technicians with basic pharmacy operations;  filing documents, labeling medication bins, checking for expired medications, and helping organize the documents.

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

Gift Shop

Volunteers handle the cash register, sales assistance, stock shelves, interface with public. Must be good handling money, very personable, good communication skills. Must be a "people person" that can work with minimal supervision. Prior gift shop experience is a plus.  

Availability varies

The NYP Guide Program

The NYP Guide Program is a program designed to reduce confusion that visitors have when navigating in the hospital. Volunteers help by navigating and at times walking with patients or visitors to the area of the hospital that they wish to visit. If you want to put a smile on someone's face, then this is the program for you! Training provided. Position does require that volunteer be able to stand for a period of time greeting patients and guests.

Available daily 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Or for the summer visit the Summer Applications page

Note: It is expected that all volunteers observe and respect the policies and procedures of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at all times. Volunteering on a weekly basis is a big responsibility. Please make sure this is a good time in your life to make such a commitment.