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Applications for summer volunteer service must be submitted by April 15th.

New York Downtown Hospital, a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, is a non-profit institution located in Lower Manhattan. It is a community teaching hospital which primarily serves the people who work and live in Lower Manhattan.

With more than fifty departments, New York Downtown Hospital provides volunteer opportunities for those who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others. In return, volunteers will gain an invaluable experience. Opportunities can be found in the following areas:

Administrative & Clerical
Volunteer will provide administrative support and gain skills in office management, such as file management, data entry, reception for both walk-ins and phone inquiries, appointment scheduling, and other general office duties.
• Minimum age: 14
• Times to Volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
• Level of Commitment: four consecutive hours a week for a minimum of 100 hours.

Direct Patient Care
In patient care, volunteers will be placed in nursing units where doctors and nurses provide patient care. Typical duties include transporting patients, comforting patients and family, answering page lights, changing beds, and delivering meals to patients. Meanwhile, volunteers will have the opportunity to observe medical staffs' responsibilities and activities in the medical field. All volunteers must be self-motivated and have a pleasant personality..
• Minimum age: 18
• For Nursing / Medical Assistant Student only - required to submit proof.
• Times to Volunteer: Monday through Sunday, 8am to 7pm.
• Level of Commitment:four consecutive hours a week for a minimum of 100 hours.

Public Information
Volunteers in these positions will provide hospitality to patients, families, and visitors. Volunteers will ensure a secure environment within the Hospital ground. Duties involve greeting visitors, giving directions, providing patient information and performing ID verifications.
• Placement determined by education and qualifications.
• Minimum age: 16
• Times to Volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm.
• Level of Commitment: four consecutive hours a week for a minimum of 100 hours.

Community Outreach
One of the New York Downtown Hospital's missions is to reach out to the community and provide healthcare to those who work or live in the community. We offer many health outreach events and health fairs throughout the year. The dates of these outreach events vary. Many community outreach events occur on weekends. Volunteers will assist with patient registration, directing traffic, and operating medical equipment. Bilingual volunteers will also have the opportunity to act as translators for doctors and patients.
• Minimum age: 16
• Times to Volunteer: Varies throughout the year.
• Level of Commitment: minimum of 100 hours.

In the laboratory setting, volunteers will have the opportunity to observe the daily operation and learn how technicians work. Volunteers will also assist in data entry, report relay (by phone), slide preparation, specimen labeling and logging.
• Minimum age: 18
• Times to Volunteer: Monday through Friday. Note: Laboratories are most active in the morning.
• Level of Commitment: four consecutive hours a week for a minimum of 100 hours.

Volunteer opportunities are offered year-round in New York Downtown Hospital. If you are interested, please fill out an application. The application includes a medical form (to be completed by your primary care physician) and a reference form. Once the application is completed, please call the Volunteer Office at (212) 312-5718 to arrange an oritntation and an interview. If you have any questions or general concerns, please contact us by phone. We are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Volunteer Services
New York Downtown Hospital
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 312-5718

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