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Adult Volunteer Program

We accept Adult Volunteer applications on a rolling basis, year-round. Read on for more information and the link for our online application.

The Adult Volunteer Program welcomes those 18+ years of age to become a member of our team and assist Upstate in a number of ways. When you unite with Upstate’s volunteers, you join a dedicated group!


Hundreds of individuals from around Central New York who volunteer at Upstate play an integral role in our mission to deliver compassionate, high quality care.  They give more than 25,000 hours of time per year, providing both direct services and behind-the-scenes support.


Our variety of volunteer roles range from clerical to clinical at Upstate University & Community Hospitals, the downtown Cancer Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the new Nappi Wellness Institute and more.  If you haven’t done so already, check out our Volunteer Opportunities to learn a little more about a few of our volunteer roles. 


Volunteers assist in numerous ways at many Upstate locations:

  • Upstate University Hospital (downtown Syracuse)
  • Upstate Community Hospital (near OCC)
  • Upstate Cancer Center
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Nappi Wellness Institute
  • Upstate Cleft & Craniofacial Center
  • Wellspring & Women’s Imaging


If you are interested in becoming involved, click the Apply Now button below to submit a volunteer application. 

Adult Program Benefits

  • Purpose: Feel good about connecting and contributing to the community
  • Social: Meet new people and make friends
  • Health: Stay active & feel better - physically, mentally, emotionally
  • Less Stress: Volunteering helps people manage & lower stress levels
  • Free Parking in an Upstate Garage while volunteering
  • “Cookie Dough” – A meal allowance in the hospital cafeteria
  • And more!

Adult Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Are not currently a FT Student
  • Able to commit to volunteering one 4-hour shift each week*
  • Must have a desire to be of service and a willingness to accept an assignment based on the hospital's needs

*We understand volunteers have plans, such as vacations and family commitments throughout the year.  We simply ask for advance notice if you will be absent.

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If you are a college student or a teen wishing to volunteer, please check the College Program or the Teen Program pages.

Updated May 2024