Welcome and thank you for choosing The Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center for your volunteer work. Opportunities are available at The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brookdale Family Care Centers (BFCC), The Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation, the Adult Day Care Center, or the Schlang Pavilion Assisted Living Community.


Each year, more than 700 Brookdale Hospital Volunteers offer their selfless contributions of time and energy by enhancing the quality of our services to our patients, families and visitors.  Brookdale Hospital Volunteers help  make our hospital and nursing home stays brighter, more comfortable, less intimidating and a lot less lonely for patients, or add administrative/clerical support for our staff.


  • Must be 15 years of age
  • Minimum 150 hours of service commitment
  • Evening and weekend hours available for some positions
  • High School students can volunteer after school until 5pm
  • Be interviewed.  Must have a state issued photo ID.
  • High School students 15 - 17 years old require working papers and school ID
  • Complete a medical
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Submit to a background check and drug screening

Questions & Answers

How long does it take to be processed after an interview?

On average it takes about 3-5 weeks to be processed and ready for placement.


Does volunteering at the hospital mean I will be able to get a job there?

Volunteering at the hospital does not guarantee employment.  We encourage you to be proactive, take initiative, learn and be the best you can.  References will be provided after you complete a minimum commitment of 150 hours of service.


Are there volunteer opportunities in the summer?

We accept students for summer placement.  Many students volunteer from June – August.  Apply by the month of May to assure summer placement.


Am I able to return during my vacation time or next summer?

Yes, you are able to continue your volunteer time during vacation time or next summer.  Student volunteers can continue their volunteer work during school breaks.


Can I stop my volunteer work and continue again in the future?

If you are unable to continue to fulfill your volunteer commitment, you can ask to stop your volunteering and return any jackets and IDs.  To restart your volunteer work, please contact the Volunteer Office to update your file and other requirements as needed.  You may need to update medicals and orientation.

Come Join Our Team

Volunteer Services Department

Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, L31

Brooklyn, NY 11212

Call:  718-240-5277

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact us between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Why do we call them VSV's?

  • They are community minded individuals who want to serve others.
  • They want to make our community a better place.
  • They come from any different backgrounds and all work together with the idea of helping others!
  • That's Why We Call Them VSV's!

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Administrative/Clerical
  • Greeter Program
  • Friendly Visiting
  • Healthy Spoons Feeder Program
  • Patient Liaison/Unit Aide
  • Surgical Advocate
  • Emergency Room Caring Link
  • Storybook Reading
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Recreational activities
  • Pet Therapy - Hospital and Nursing Home
  • Pastoral Care
  • Palliative Care - Caring Doula Program