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VNSNY Volunteer Program – Non-hospice opportunities

Volunteers make vital contributions throughout our entire organization every day. In 2015, more than 600 VNSNY volunteers provided over 35,000 hours of services. In doing so, they made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of patients, including some of our must vulnerable children and their families, as well as homebound patients.

VNSNY’s volunteers help out with a wide range of activities, from data entry to knitting scarves and sweaters for our patients. They also share their time and talents with every department in our organization.

Some of the opportunities for volunteers include:

  • Helping prepare layette gifts for nearly 1,400 infants in different Children and Family Services programs, including the Nurse-Family Partnership and our Bronx Fatherhood Program. Newborns receive a diaper bag stocked with clothing and supplies.
  • Assisting at our Chinatown Community Center and Neighborhood NORC with recreational activities, from crafts classes to festivals and special events, and with tutoring clients, many of whom are elderly or retirees and just beginning to study English formally.
  • Volunteers who prefer to work behind the scenes assist with fundraising, office support, and special events.
  • Our Volunteer Services department can also help corporations to coordinate employee service days or establish a corporate volunteer project.
  • Assisting at our Woodside Queens Adult Day Center that provides a supportive and supervised program for the frail elderly and those with memory loss. Volunteers offer companionship and assistance with a wide variety of recreational activities, such as art, music, jewelry making, Wii computer games, gardening, bingo, and exercise. If you have any activity ideas, we also welcome your suggestions!

We take special care to match our volunteers’ interests and abilities with the needs of our patients and our organization. We provide the support and training necessary for you to have a rewarding experience.

To find out more about how you can become a volunteer for non-hospice related opportunities, please contact the VNSNY Office of Volunteer Services at

Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

Hospice care from VNSNY aims to provide compassionate and skilled care to patients and their families. To help us achieve this goal, the support of our volunteers is key. As a VNSNY Hospice volunteer, you can help serve patients and their families directly by:

  • Providing companionship in the home or nursing home
  • Calling newly admitted patients and making bereavement calls
  • Assisting with office activities in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island
  • Contributing to the newsletter and helping organize events
  • Making holiday outreach calls to patients
  • Helping with fundraising
  • Helping patients and their families create a personal website as an online resource for family and friends
  • Giving haircuts, manicures, and massages

Volunteers are the heart of our hospice program. They provide that extra level of care and comfort that makes all the difference to patients and families. Volunteering is uniquely challenging and rewarding work. To visit with patients, potential volunteers must attend a twelve-hour training. We offer trainings on weeknights and weekends to accommodate a variety of schedules.

A phone interview and pre-registration are required and help prospective volunteers understand the requirements for volunteering for our end-of-life care program. To get started, check out the training schedule and contact your borough’s Volunteer Manager.

To find out more about how you can become a hospice volunteer, please contact us at