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Volunteers IbelieveInterested in Volunteering at Good Sam?

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, an individual voluntarily performs a service for a fellow human being.  The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center carry on that tradition.  The Guilds are locally based organizations with an elected Central Council volunteering their time, treasure and talent to benefit the hospital.  Volunteers are more important then ever, taking on additional responsibilities at Good Samaritan in the area of enhancing the patient/visitor experience.

To better accomplish their goals, the Guilds are seeking to increase their membership in service to the hospital.  Retirees, students (of at least 15 years of age) and other members of the community who can offer special skills for projects are very welcome to apply.  Volunteers are offered the opportunity to join the Guilds; in addition to the satisfaction of closely collaborating with other experienced volunteers, membership entails a special participation in Good Samaritan’s development of programs. 

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sue Grimm at or (631) 376-3659.


Adult Volunteer Program: 18 Years and Older
Good Sam’s adult volunteers make a commitment to donate a minimum of 50 hours per year, usually accomplished in 4-hour shifts, once a week.  Applicants learn about open areas of service and asked to indicate available time and interests.  Every effort will be made to match each volunteer with the opportunity of his or her choosing.  Medical clearance, an interview, a security badge and orientation will be required.  (Please note: Physicals are offered Thursday mornings at 11:00am by appointment only, so please be prepared to make that time commitment for approximately one and a half to two hours).

During the interview, the applicant will be asked to join one of Good Samaritan’s Guilds.  This is an opportunity for the volunteer to participate (on any level he/she chooses) in the fundraising, friend-raising, leadership and program aspects of Guild activities.  In 2010, the Guilds donated more than $250,000 to Good Samaritan, and approximately 800 volunteers gave more than 40,000 hours of service.  Guild fund raisers include a thriving onsite gift shop, an offsite thrift shop, baby photos, newspapers, vendor sales, flower sales, bake sales and other individual Guild events.  Volunteers work in almost all departments and their time, energy and skills are an invaluable contribution to the overall operation of the medical center.

Recognition and Appreciation

  • Free parking
  • Free cup of coffee or tea daily
  • Free lunch for each 20 hours of service
  • Tracking of service hours for recognition and awards
  • Attendance at monthly Central Council meetings to learn important information about Guild activities, advocacy and hospital issues and plans (refreshments are provided).

Student Volunteers: 18 and over
The student volunteer process is the same as the adult volunteer process.  The medical center seeks a commitment of at least 50 hours annually; however, it may be possible to arrange for longer shifts, depending on availability.  Student's must join a Guild with his/her hours tracked for reporting purposes.  There are some special opportunities for college students to perform summer volunteer work at the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Thrift Shop, located at 179 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon.

Guild Scholarship 2011


Junior Volunteer Program: 15–18-year-olds
Good Samaritan’s popular junior volunteer program is for qualified 15- to 18-year-olds.  Participating teens volunteer 50 hours over the course of the volunteer time period, usually accomplished in 2 ½- to 3-hour shifts, once a week.  Junior volunteers are assigned to more than 15 different areas at the medical center and work after school and on weekends.  Program coordinators work carefully with committed junior volunteers to accommodate school and extracurricular activities.

Application packets are available in the Volunteer Office.  Once all paperwork is received, the prospective junior volunteer will be contacted to schedule an appointment for the first of two PPD tests (for tuberculosis).  After the applicant receives medical clearance, an interview will be scheduled.  At the interview, the volunteer will receive information on the job assignment, orientation, purchasing a uniform and hospital policies.  The junior volunteer desk is open after 2:00 pm on weekdays, but the Volunteer Office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Becoming a junior volunteer is both an honor and a privilege.  The contributions of junior volunteers are invaluable to both the students and the hospital.  In addition, qualified junior volunteers may be invited to apply for a scholarship.  There are also opportunities for them to participate in special projects or events.

Recognition and Appreciation

  • Hours tracked and forms and letters issued for high school and college applications
  • Certificate/patch for 100 hours of service
  • Qualification to apply for a scholarship

For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sue Grimm at or (631) 376-3659 or Junior Volunteer Program Coordinators Ingrid DiGiovanna and Laurie Feldscher at (631) 376-3396.

1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795

phone 631.376.4444

A Magnet® Designated Hospital