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 4,086 hours to support administrative and outreach programs during 2012. 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. 

College Internships

Open Door’s College Internship Program offers a variety of opportunities that will support professional and personal growth. Most of the internships are designed for college students who are considering careers in medicine, social work, nutrition and public health.  A few internships are offered in other areas, such as event planning, education and business. By participating in one of our internships, you will learn about careers in community health and medicine, gain transferable skills and knowledge, and be better prepared to make an informed decision for your future.

All of the internships are offered as unpaid volunteer positions. The internship opportunities are hands-on and closely supervised by seasoned professionals at Open Door. While we are unable to offer shadowing opportunities with our medical providers, our interns will work closely with one of our experienced supervisors and learn job functions under their mentorship and guidance.  All interns will both be asked to submit an evaluation of their experience and be invited to participate in a resumé workshop. The internships will culminate at the end of July with an appreciation party and a certificate of completion.

It is important to note that supervising a for-credit internship is at the discretion of the Open Door supervisor and our internship  program is not university/college-accredited. However, it is possible that your college or university may consider this program for credit; we have had  interns that have received credit for their internships. If approved for credit by Open Door and your school , your school will be requested to sign an affiliation agreement. College Internship opportunities listing and internship requirements are 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.

Book Drives

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 award@odfmc.org 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 award@odfmc.org.