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Volunteer Profiles

Volunteer with Children
Volunteer as a Family
Volunteer with Patients
Career Changers
Retirees
Students

Volunteer with Children
Volunteers have the opportunity to work with our youngest patients at the Petrie campus and Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC). Whether it’s playing with a child or reading them a story, the most rewarding part is seeing a child’s face light up with a smile.

Opportunities

  • Pediatric In-Patient Playroom (Petrie Site)
  • Reach Out and Read Program (Phillips Ambulatory Care Center)
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JANE
Jane, 64, is a volunteer for the Reach Out and Read Program at Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC). Jane entertains children through her read-alouds. “Children appreciate the story telling and the expressiveness. They turn off the boob tube in the waiting room, which makes me very happy. I can’t stand the competition!” she says slyly.

A resident of nearby Stuyvesant Town, Jane chose to volunteer at Beth Israel for the convenience. “It’s so close to home that it makes it easy,” says Jane. “The fact that they are flexible and accommodate my schedule is also helpful.”

Jane learned the importance of giving back from her mother, who also made a point of community service. “Even as a full-time working woman, I volunteered. I believe it’s something each and every one of us owes. Honestly, I get so much more than I give. It keeps me young!” she says.

Want to talk through your options or are you ready to take the next steps? Call us at (212) 420-2974 or email us at BIvolunteer@chpnet.org to discuss ways you can volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Or visit our Getting Started page, to learn more.

Volunteer as a Family
Volunteering doesn’t have to be done alone. We have opportunities that include the family. Even your dog can join in on the fun once they complete proper training.

Opportunities

  • Pediatric In-Patient Playroom (Petrie Site)
  • Reach Out and Read Program (Phillips Ambulatory Care Center)
  • Patient Library Cart (Petrie Site)
  • Pet Assisted Program (Petrie Site)
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LARA and MORISSA
Meet Mom Lara, 59, and daughter Morrisa, 18. And let’s not forget Miriam, mutt shelter dog, age 8!

Both women were interested in community service and after hearing off-handedly, “Miriam should be a therapy dog,” the pair gave the idea some thought.

A little research led the mother-daughter-pet team to Good Dog Foundation, which runs annual veterinary checks and certifies that a dog is suitable for working with people. Miriam is certified annually, allowing her to brighten the day for patients in the pediatric and orthopedic units of Beth Israel.

“We go twice a month and the minute Miriam sees her leash and hospital badge, she gets excited,” reports Morrisa. “She loves the attention and the people interaction as much as the patients do.” For the patients, the visit can be a magical break in a trying hospital stay.

Want to talk through your options or are you ready to take the next steps? Call us at (212) 420-2974 or email us at BIvolunteer@chpnet.org to discuss ways you can volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Or visit our Getting Started page, to learn more.

Volunteer with Adult Patients
Whether you are looking to gain experience in health care or just trying to brighten someone’s day, many of our patients benefit from interaction with volunteers. By engaging in a friendly conversation or acting as an advocate, you help to ease the minds of our patients and their family.

Opportunities

  • BI Cares Program (Petrie Site & Kings Highway)
  • Surgical Advocate Program (Petrie Site)
  • Blanketeer Program (Petrie Site)
  • Cancer Center (Petrie Site)
  • Pet Assisted Program (Petrie Site & Kings Highway)
  • Patient Library Cart (Petrie Site)
  • Clerical Opportunities (Petrie Site, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center & Kings Highway)
  • Amie’s Place (Petrie Site)
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PETER
Peter, 52, speaks English, Italian and Spanish. These linguistic skills come in handy in his volunteer work as a surgical advocate.

“It is very satisfying to give back. It’s also a great opportunity to learn, and I enjoy working with the healthcare professionals, who are very dedicated and often go out of their way to explain things to me.” Which in turn, Peter explains to the families. When folks are waiting and worried and don’t know the language, Peter’s talent is an extra special gift.

“I use Spanish quite frequently, and I use Italian here and there,” he reports. “But I was very pleased to be able to use my Ukrainian just the other day. That was kind of fun!”

Want to talk through your options or are you ready to take the next steps? Call us at (212) 420-2974 or email us at BIvolunteer@chpnet.org to discuss ways you can volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Or visit our Getting Started page, to learn more.

Other Volunteers
Trixie

Career Changers
Volunteer work is the perfect way to explore a new career field to see whether it is the right fit for you. With various opportunities throughout the hospital, Beth Israel provides you with a wide array of disciplines to explore.

Opportunities

  • Raising the Bar on Customer Satisfaction (Petrie Site)
  • Pediatric Emergency Room (Petrie Site)
  • Adult Emergency Room (Petrie Site & Kings Highway)
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy (Phillips Ambualtory Care Center)
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HEIDI
Heidi, 40, is considering a second career in nursing and is volunteering to get some exposure to health care.

After meeting with the Volunteer Department, Heidi discovered Raising the Bar on Patient Satisfaction, which evaluates how effective volunteer services can increase customer satisfaction. “The program lets me leverage my customer-centric operations experience from my current career while learning about health care, which I don’t know as much about” Heidi explains.

Every week for about four hours, Heidi visits all the new patients on a nursing unit at the Petrie Division , reads previous volunteer notes, and serves as an extra resource for the nursing staff. She handles questions and spots issues to keep the patient and family in the “happy zone,” as Heidi refers to it. “I work well and closely with the nursing staff and this experience has been an exceptional way to explore my future career options,” she adds.

Want to talk through your options or are you ready to take the next steps? Call us at (212) 420-2974 or email us at BIvolunteer@chpnet.org to discuss ways you can volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Or visit our Getting Started page, to learn more.

Other Volunteers
Deborah

Retirees
Just because you have retired from your career doesn’t mean you have nothing left to give. In fact, with more time and flexibility in your days it is the perfect time to volunteer and give back to your community.

Opportunities

  • BI Cares Program (Petrie Site & Kings Highway)
  • Surgical Advocate Program (Petrie Site)
  • Blanketeer Program (Petrie Site)
  • Cancer Center (Petrie Site)
  • Pet Assisted Program (Petrie Site & Kings Highway)
  • Patient Library Cart (Petrie Site)
  • Clerical Opportunities (Petrie Site, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center & Kings Highway)
  • Amie’s Place (Petrie Site)

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CHARLES
When Charles, retired in 1999, he began volunteering for a community and social-services organization. He enjoyed it and has continued that work, but it wasn’t enough. “I wanted more variety and I didn’t want to sit around the house all day,” he reports.

In 2007, he began volunteering in the Social Work/Utilization Review Department at the Kings Highway Division

For two days a week Charles keeps on giving. “There is an intrinsic benefit in doing something good,” he says. “I also love the set up. I am working with super intelligent people, which I enjoy, and yet have many days free to attend to my own personal matters, as well.”

Want to talk through your options or are you ready to take the next steps? Call us at (212) 420-2974 or email us at BIvolunteer@chpnet.org to discuss ways you can volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Or visit our Getting Started page, to learn more.

Other Volunteers
Helaine
Bonnie

Students
It’s not too early to start exploring a career path. By volunteering at Beth Israel, you will gain hands-on experience in a variety of areas and have the opportunity to interact with patients and medical staff.

High School Students

  • Pediatric In-Patient Playroom (Petrie Site)
  • Reach Out and Read Program (Phillips Ambulatory Care Center).
  • Patient Library Cart (Petrie Site)
  • Clerical Opportunities – (Petrie Site, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, Kings Highway Division)
  • Unit Assistant (Petrie and Kings Highway Divisions)
* Please note High school students require working papers

College Students

  • Unit Assistant (Petrie and Kings Highway Divisions)
  • Pediatric Emergency Room (Petire Site)
  • Adult Emergency Room (Petrie Site and Kings Highway Division)
  • Physical Therapy (Phillips Ambulatory Care Center)
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BETH
“Choosing a college and a major is a hard decision.” says Beth, age 17. “I have always thought about becoming a nurse, so I decided to volunteer at a hospital close to my home and see what the job is really like.”

Beth spends a few days a week after school volunteering as a unit assistant at the Petrie campus of Beth Israel. She is part of an inter-disciplinary team and interacts with patients, nurses and doctors, which gives her a good understanding of what each team member does and what careers may be of interest to her.

“I really enjoy my position at Beth Israel,” she says. “Not only am I gaining valuable experience that will help me when I apply to colleges, but I get to work with patients and help to make their hospital stay better.”

Want to talk through your options or are you ready to take the next steps? Call us at (212) 420-2974 or email us at BIvolunteer@chpnet.org to discuss ways you can volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Or visit our Getting Started page, to learn more.

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