Studies show that volunteers have greater satisfaction with life and live healthier, longer lives. And they play a very important role in making Phelps Memorial Hospital Center a more friendly, caring and comforting place for patients, staff, and visitors. If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community and meet new friends while helping others, join Phelps’ team of Caring Experts and make a real difference in other people’s lives. We’re flexible and can create a schedule that meets your needs and interests in either patient – or non-patient related services, including:

  • Administrative Support
  • Cherry Door Thrift Shop
  • Food Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Information Desk
  • Library
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Newspapers
  • Pastoral Care
  • Patient Representative
  • Silver Spoons Patient Feeding

Why volunteer?

  • Feel good while helping others
  • Give back to your community hospital
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Live longer and happier
  • Receive a free uniform shirt, complimentary snacks and an ID badge
  • Attend the annual recognition luncheon

What are the requirements?

  • Application and personal interview
  • Medical clearance and confidentiality form
  • Orientation and training

Ready to get started?
Complete and submit the volunteer application. All applications will be reviewed, and if you are selected as a potential volunteer you will be contacted via phone or email to set up an interview. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (914) 366-3170.

“When I found myself with time on my hands, I decided I needed another outlet for my energies. As a Phelps volunteer, I soon found myself totally committed to the hospital and to my responsibilities. Even my doctor agrees that this is one of the best decisions I ever made.”
–Volunteer since 2003


“Though I am employed full-time, I really enjoy coming to Phelps one evening a week to volunteer at the Information Desk. It’s great to be a ‘good neighbor’.”
–Volunteer since 2005

Junior volunteers

Students aged 14 through 17 play an important role in making Phelps a friendly and efficient place for patients, staff, and visitors. More than 30 junior volunteers serve in a variety of areas. Whether you want to fulfill your Community Service or you’re thinking about medical school or a career in healthcare, our junior volunteer program provides the opportunity to observe and interact with professionals in a health care facility.

Why be a junior volunteer?

  • Enjoy great satisfaction from helping others
  • Add service to your resume when applying to college or for a job
  • Get exposure to a variety of careers in the healthcare field
  • Meet peers from your own school and others

What are the junior volunteer requirements?

  • 14 years of age
  • Working papers (for those under 18)
  • Medical clearance
  • Time commitment of two, 4 hour shifts per week for entire 8 week program
  • Application and personal interview

Assignments for Junior Volunteers include:

  • Administrative/Clerical Support
  • Cherry Door Thrift Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Information Desk
  • Errand transport
  • Hospitality
  • Child DayCare Center (must be 17 by 7/1)

Once accepted as a junior volunteer, you’ll attend volunteer orientation and undergo training in your service area. Upon completion, we’ll write a description of the service area in which you worked and provide the number of volunteer hours you have given to Phelps.

Summer 2018 Applications are Closed

We are no longer taking requests for the 2018 summer program. Please check back in January of 2019 to sign up for the 2019 summer program.

All selected junior volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation in June and begin volunteering the first Monday in July.  All junior volunteers must be available to volunteer during the entire 8-week period of July and August.

Phelps accepts junior volunteers ages 14-17 without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or disability.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (914) 366-3170.

“We are proud to wear the Phelps volunteer uniform and help people from our community.”
–Irvington High School


“Since I’m interested in medicine, working in a hospital setting has been a good experience for me. I also find volunteering to be very rewarding.”
–The Hackley School


“This is a great way to fulfill our school’s Community Service requirements. The hours are flexible, the people friendly, and the work is fun.”
–Ossining High School


Established in 1955, Phelps Auxiliary is a network of hundreds of men and women who provide volunteer services and participate in fundraising activities to help support the hospital. The Auxiliary is a volunteer membership organization comprised of nearly 400 dedicated individuals. Its primary mission is to raise much needed funds for the hospital.

Since its inception, the Auxiliary has raised $4 million in pledges and cash, including $500,000 for Mammography, and a $500,000 Capital Campaign pledge for the new Emergency Department. Their support has also helped finance renovation of the mental health facility, purchase of operating room equipment, development of the Emergency Department’s PromptCare facility, and other capital improvements. For information about becoming a member of Phelps Auxiliary, call (914) 366-3170.

Cherry door thrift shop

The Cherry Door Thrift Shop is located at 36 Main Street in Tarrytown, the Auxiliary’s thrift shop is an ideal place to browse for everything from books to bureaus, plates to pictures, sporting goods to sofas, jewelry to jazz records and much more. Staffed by volunteers, The Cherry Door is a great place to pick up bargains and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Donations of used items in good condition are welcome (household items only, no clothing). Call (914) 631-0470 for information. The Cherry Door may need what you don’t want.

Gift shop

Located off the main lobby, the Phelps Gift Shop is the place to shop for that special gift. A fundraising project of the hospital Auxiliary, the shop is open Monday through Friday and alternate weekends, staffed by volunteers.

Among its treasures are attractive and well-priced gifts for all occasions, including decorative pillows; ceramic, glass or crystal figurines; picture frames, trays, trivets and cutting boards; Stone Mountain hand bags; wallets, umbrellas and ladies’ scarves; fashion jewelry; beautiful baby clothing, accessories and plush animals; inspirational gifts; greeting cards; sweets; and a variety of personal items.

Please visit the Gift Shop to see what’s new or on sale. Free gift wrapping and free parking. Visa and MasterCard accepted. For questions or help, call: 914-366-3183.

If you’re not able to stop by the Gift Shop but would like to send a gift to a patient, please visit our on-line gift shop.