Learn more about volunteer opportunities and requirements, including those for high school students, at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is fortunate to have a community of big-hearted volunteers who graciously dedicate their valuable time so we can continue to offer the healing programs, technology and support our little patients need—and deserve.

All volunteers—who must be at least 14 years old—are screened, interviewed, trained, evaluated on a consistent basis and, when necessary, assisted by our department managers and volunteer coordinator.

Our volunteer coordinator works with volunteers to determine the best use of their talents:

Friendly Visitors hold infants and toddlers, providing sensory touch, song or reading. They also stroll the infant/toddler in the patient neighborhoods.

Recreation Assistants use interactive play, music, dance, art or reading to entertain patients.

There also are opportunities to work in one of our offices or on special short-term assignments.

High school students who need to perform community service for class can fulfill those requirements and make a difference when they volunteer at St. Mary’s.

Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of St. Mary’s Kids?

Complete the application form and a member of our staff will get back to you with additional information to fill out. See below for more requirement information.

Once your application and supporting materials have been received and reviewed, St. Mary’s will contact eligible applicants when there is a need for new volunteers. Contacted applicants will be asked to grant permission for St. Mary’s to conduct a background check (if 18 and older).

Your volunteer application must include:

  • A completed history and physical examination form and up-to-date immunization record, conducted within the last year and signed and stamped by your physician
  • Updated immunization record
  • Two reference letters
  • Photograph release
  • Working papers (if under the age of 18)
  • A completed medical consent form

Completed Forms

Please bring these completed forms and other required paperwork in person or send via mail to:

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
Volunteer Program, PDHC
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, New York 11360

Have questions? Email volunteer@stmaryskids.org or call the volunteer hotline at 718-281-8933.

Volunteer for a Special Event

Join an event committee and help raise funds and awareness at one of our signature events or promotions.

Organize Your Own Event

Name St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children as the beneficiary, and we will provide:

  • A letter to validate the event
  • St. Mary’s logo (all usage must be approved in advance)
  • St. Mary’s fact sheet
  • An official St. Mary’s thank you letter for donors and participants
  • Assistance publicizing your event

For more information hosting your own special event, email events@stmaryskids.org or call the development office at 718-281-8890.