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Volunteer

The Glen Cove Hospital Auxiliary is committed to helping the hospital serve the community by carrying out a wide variety of functions on behalf of the hospital, its staff, patients and their families.

Why volunteer?

  • Lend a helping hand with warmth and compassion
  • Give the gift of self
  • Fulfill educational and personal pursuits
  • Investigate career possibilities
  • Make new friends

Who can volunteer?
Our volunteers are men and women from all walks of life who want to give something of themselves while gaining the personal satisfaction that they are helping others.

When can you volunteer?
Hours and days can be arranged on a flexible basis. We require that you be able to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers may choose from services that provide patient contact, nonpatient-related services, and fundraising activities including:

  • Ambulatory Services Unit
  • Mail and flowers
  • Clerical/office work
  • Pharmacy
  • Emergency department
  • Physical therapy
  • General transportation
  • Gift cart
  • Radiology
  • Gift shop
  • Reception desk
  • Patient library
  • Surgical lounge

Before you start volunteering

All volunteers participate in an orientation program and receive training in their specific duties. Before the initial assignment is made, volunteers will be interviewed by a member of the Auxiliary at the hospital. Volunteers will also be required to complete an application, obtain medical clearance, have a background check, purchase a uniform and pay nominal dues.

Junior volunteers

The Junior Volunteer Program offers young people, ages 14 to 17, the opportunity to serve their community while familiarizing themselves with the varied career opportunities within a hospital setting. Some area schools offer credit for volunteer/community service. Juniors may choose from many areas of hospital service. For more information, please call the Auxiliary office at (516) 674-7366, Tuesday or Thursday mornings.

Fundraising

Fundraising activities are an important part of the Auxiliary. All monies raised directly benefit the hospital and its programs.


Organ donation

We may not want to think about what's going to happen to our bodies after we die, so it can be hard to consider donating your organs and tissue. But it's important to know that thousands of Americans die each year because there are not enough suitable donors. Being an organ or tissue donor is a generous, rewarding decision that can save many lives.

Types of tissue and organ donors

  • Organ donation—The donation of an organ from an individual who has been declared brain dead. The organs are transplanted into individuals based on need through a national waiting list.
  • Tissue donation—The donation of tissue (bone, eyes, fascia, heart valves and vessels) from an individual who has suffered cardiac or brain death.
  • Living donation—The donation of organs from a living donor to an individual with a matching blood and/or tissue type.
  • Consent for donation—An approval from the family of a organ or tissue donor to donate tissue and/or organs. Even if a patient has signed a donor card, the family still needs to consent.

Tissue and organ donation at Glen Cove Hospital

Glen Cove Hospital works with NYODN to facilitate tissue and organ transplants. We are a member of the Health Resource and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.

Through our Service Improvement Coordinating Group for Donation, representatives from all Northwell Health hospitals meet bimonthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.

Glen Cove healthcare professionals have formed a Donor Council, a hospital-based group that is committed to donation initiatives. We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.