Founded in 1972 by a group of volunteers who recognized the need for affordable, accessible health care for those that needed it most, Open Door has a long history of volunteers.
Volunteers at Open Door are an integral part of the Open Door culture. They represent the core values of Open Door. They are diverse, spanning a wide range in age, interest, and time commitment. What they all share is a generosity of spirit, the conviction that they can make a difference and a commitment to the community.
What motivates our volunteers is the personal contribution they make from meaningful work that contributes directly to their community. Volunteers provided more than 3,600 hours to support administrative and outreach programs during 2011. Open Door offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities to accommodate our volunteer’s lifestyles for adults, college students and teenagers. The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old and in high school.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Please view our volunteer opportunities by clicking here.
Open Door is pleased to offer 12 exciting unpaid internships for students during both the summer and the school year in a variety of areas including Health Performance Improvement, Business Expenses Analysis, Patient Portal, Marketing/Event Planning, Chronic Disease Care Coordination, Health Services Patient Services Analysis/Marketing, Event Management, and Health and Wellness Program. Detailed information about our College Internship opportunities and requirements is available by clicking here.
Special Volunteer Opportunities
Reach Out and Read Literacy Volunteers
Early childhood literacy is an essential part of a healthy childhood. Open Door Family Medical Centers participates in Reach Out and Read, a national literacy program, in the waiting areas at all four health centers. This is a perfect position for both adult and high school volunteers who enjoy working directly with young children. Volunteers read aloud
with young children, help them select a book to take home, chat with the parents about reading aloud with their children and provide literacy information. To learn about becoming
a literacy volunteer, please click here.
Host a book drive for new or gently used books to support our Reach Out and Read Program. The success of our Reach Out and
Read Program has led to the need for more board books and picture books for our youngest patients. During 2011 Open Door’s
literacy volunteers helped to provide more than 6,700 books to children to promote reading at home. To learn about hosting a book drive, please click here.
Open Door works to ensure that the young patients we serve receive a new toy or
gift during the holiday season by hosting a Holiday Toy Drive. Our goal is
2,500 new, unwrapped toys. There are many ways to help! We are recruiting
groups and individuals to host toy drives, host toy drop locations, donate toys,
raise funds to purchase toys and help gift wrap.
- · Holiday Toy Drive information, please click here.
- · Need gift ideas? Please click here for our Wish List.
- · How to Host a Toy Drive, please click here.
- · Many hands and miles of tape are needed to wrap all of the toy donations! Please email email@example.com
to sign up for a gift wrapping session.
At Open Door we feel that a healthy community is a vibrant community. There are many ways to support Open Door and your community. For information on how you can make a difference please contact: Alicia Ward, Volunteer Coordinator at (914) 502-1468 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.