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Help make the world a better place

We have 1 of the largest volunteer departments in New York City. We appreciate our volunteers and community partner organizations, who are committed to our vision of bringing compassionate, warm, and exceptional care to our patients. Ranging in age from 14 to 90, our volunteers reflect our community’s rich ethnic and religious diversity, speak more than 45 languages, and work in various settings, such as nursing units, the emergency room, administrative offices, and support service departments.

Our volunteer opportunities

We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including:

Learn more about these volunteer positions

Volunteering is a commitment

The minimum volunteer time commitment is two 4-hour shifts per week; however, certain programs have more specific commitment requirements. Being consistent matters more than how many hours you volunteer. Because we must coordinate many volunteers’ schedules, we must be able to depend on your attendance. Also, please understand that volunteer service does not lead to paid employment at Maimonides. We happily provide a letter of recommendation for volunteers who have given at least 150 hours of satisfactory service.

If you are interested in volunteering, please see the instructions below to download and return an application form and questionnaire or call us at (718) 283-3980 to receive forms by mail. All volunteers must have medical clearance, provide personal references, undergo an interview, background check, orientation, and any necessary specialized training. Volunteers will receive a meal voucher for the hospital cafeteria and discounted parking garage privileges.

We appreciate our volunteers! Our Department of Volunteer and Student Services holds 5 volunteer recognition ceremonies every year

Thank you, community partners

We have strong relationships with generous community agencies and organizations:

  • Bikur Cholim Chesed Organization
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Ezras Cholim Yad Ephraim
  • Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Brooklyn
  • HASC
  • N’shei C.A.R.E.S. Agudah Women of America
  • Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services
  • Pesha Elias Bikur Cholim D’Bobov
  • Rivkah Laufer Bikur Cholim
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Sunrise on Wheels
  • The Good Dog Foundation
  • Women’s League

College affiliation

Maimonides is a major teaching hospital and plays a crucial role in training healthcare professionals in our region. Students from more than 40 New York State colleges, universities, and health career schools are assigned to Maimonides every year to complete their internship programs and clinical rotations.

Volunteer Programs

High school volunteer programs

Maimonides’ Department of Volunteer and Student Services collaborates with many New York City high schools and community-based youth institutions to create volunteer youth internship programs. Students younger than 18 years may not volunteer outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers who want to volunteer during the school year must commit at least 6 hours per workweek.

Maimonides partners with:

  • AHRC High School
  • Al-Noor High School
  • Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center
  • Brooklyn International High School
  • Edward R. Murrow High School
  • F.D.R. High School
  • Fontbonne Hall Academy
  • Futures and Options
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy
  • Horizon’s Academy
  • International High School at Lafayette
  • International High School at Prospect Heights
  • John Dewey High School
  • Magen David Yeshivah High School
  • New Utrecht High School
  • Origins High School
  • Pathways to Graduations
  • Peter Rouget Middle School 88
  • Roy Campanella OTC
  • South Brooklyn Community High School
  • Sunset Park High School
  • The Cobble Hill School of American Studies
  • The Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
  • West Brooklyn Community High School
  • Xaverian High School
  • Xavier High School
  • Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School

Summer youth programs

Maimonides is the largest site for the Department of Youth and Community Development Summer Youth Employment Program and 1199 SEIU Child Care Corporation Youth Mentoring Program among all other healthcare facilities. Almost 400 youth from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds participate in the Maimonides’ summer program every year. Participants assist in all aspects of Maimonides’ operations, from business and medical offices to patient care areas and support services. They also attend workshops on workplace readiness, résumé building, and budget planning to help them succeed in the workplace.

To learn more about the Summer Youth Program, call the volunteer office at (718) 283-3980 or email [email protected]

Volunteer Feeders program partner schools

The Feeders Program is 1 of our longest-running and most recognized programs. Each year, more than 100 Volunteer Feeders from Jewish girls’ high schools in Borough Park and Flatbush are trained to assist with feeding the incapacitated.

These young women dedicate their time before and after school, making breakfast and dinner rounds on designated units and working closely with the nurse managers to help patients in need.

We partner with the following schools:

  • Bais Brocho Stolin Karlin High School
  • Bais Yaakov Adas Yereim High School
  • Bais Yaakov D’Chasidei Gur High School
  • Bais Yaakov D’Rav Meir High School
  • Bais Yaakov High School
  • Bet Yaakov Orot Sarah High School
  • Bnos Bobov High School
  • Bnos Zion of Bobov High School
  • Bnos Yaakov High School
  • Machon Bais Yaakov Hilda Birn High School
  • Mesilas High School
  • Tomer Dvora High School
  • Yeshiva of Brooklyn High School

To learn more about the high school volunteer programs, call the volunteer office at (718) 283-3980 or email [email protected]

Women in science program

The Women in Science Program, which takes place from Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 31, 2020, provides a unique opportunity for female high school seniors to intern in the hospital under the guidance of an assigned physician mentor. Participants engage in a wide array of scientific and medical experiences, including research and observing surgery. The program gives young women their first exposure to patient care, surgery, research, and medicine, in addition to hands-on learning experiences designed to inspire and strengthen their confidence.

Program requirements:

  • Participants must be available for the duration of the program. No vacation or summer classes are allowed at that time
  • In-person interview and completed application, parental waiver, and essay submitted as attachments no later than February 28, 2020, to Alla Zats at [email protected] and Viktoriya Furina at [email protected]
  • Interviews will take place on March 16, 2020, at 3:15 p.m. and cannot be rescheduled. Decisions rendered by the end of March
  • Students must identify as female
  • Students must be high school seniors in Fall 2020
  • After initial acceptance, candidates must also complete the application process with the Department of Volunteer and Student Services by April 24, 2020, which includes:
    • Attending mandatory orientation on Monday, June 29, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • Completing online Collaborative Institute Training Initiative research training
    • Completing the volunteer application (including parent permission and school evaluation forms)
    • Personal interview with the volunteer office
    • Submitting the medical packet completed by a private physician (annual physical, PPD within 6 months, and an official laboratory report for measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella immune titers)
    • Students who fail to submit the required documents to the volunteer office and schedule an interview by April 24, 2020, will not be able to participate in the program

To learn more about the Women in Science Program, call the volunteer office at (718) 283-3980 or email [email protected]

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Apply to become a volunteer

To become a volunteer, please complete the following applicable forms:

All volunteers including adults and high school students are required to complete the Medical Clearance Forms.  These forms will be provided after receipt of your volunteer application.

Accepted formats for submission include PDF and Microsoft Word Documents (as attachments). If you mail your application, it should be printed single-sided.

Please complete and return by email to [email protected] or mail to:

Department of Volunteer and Student Services
948 48th Street, Basement
Brooklyn, NY 11219