Become a Putnam Hospital volunteer.

Volunteers are a valued and essential part of Putnam Hospital. Our volunteer team is made up of over 250 generous and talented men, women and students who give their time to make a difference to patients, families and hospital staff.

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities and welcome you to join our team. We take time to meet with prospective volunteers to review possible opportunities. Matching the right volunteer to the right position is essential to the success of our program.

Become A Volunteer

To ensure a successful volunteer experience, we make an effort at Putnam Hospital to find or create volunteer opportunities that match your interests. Please note junior volunteers must be entering high school and at least 16 years of age.


John Mahoney
Manager,Volunteer Services
(845) 230-4752

Join the PHC Auxiliary

Another great way to serve is to join the Putnam Hospital Auxiliary. Since its inception in 1963, the PH Auxiliary has raised over $7 million. The Auxiliary has given over 50 years of service to Putnam Hospital.

The Auxiliary sponsors the following fundraising activities:

  • PHC Gift Shop
  • Eagle Eye Thrift Shop Brewster

If you would like to join the Auxiliary, please contact the PH Volunteer Department at (845) 279-5711, Ext. 2453.

Non-Patient Care Opportunities

  • Front Desk: Greet guests, help with directions throughout the hospital, answer questions and deliver mail and flowers to patients. Volunteer should be comfortable using a computer. Cheerfulness is a must.
  • Gift Shop: Serve as a salesperson in our beautiful shop. Volunteer should feel comfortable using a cash register.
  • Eagle Eye Thrift Shop: Located on Main Street in Brewster, NY. Cashiers needed.
  • Clerical:Assist a hospital department with typing, copying, filing and answering phones.
  • Volunteer Visitor Escorts – Volunteers are needed to assist visitors on our campus in our “Let Me Take You There” program. Volunteers will be stationed at two lobby entrances in the hospital to welcome and escort visitors to their destination including medical and surgical appointments and patient floors and provide wheelchair assistance to ensure efficiency, safety and peace of mind.

Patient Care Opportunities

  • Friendly Visitors: Visit patients with an activity cart filled with books, magazines and music. Must have a ready smile and willing ear to help patients pass the time.
  • Friendly Visitors for Elderly Patients: Volunteers are needed for a new friendly visitor program to bring some comfort to the elderly by reading to them, watching TV together, sharing a meal or sitting down to chat
  • Nursing Unit Support: Volunteers needed to assist nursing staff on units. Volunteer must be friendly, caring and sensitive.
  • Patient Escort/Transport: Assist patients as they are admitted and discharged. Transport patients in wheelchairs from one location to another. Must be physically capable of pushing a wheelchair and wearing a smile.