Exceptional Careā€¦ Always


Volunteering benefits are many:

  • Gain work experience
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Checkout careers
  • Feel needed and appreciated
  • Perform various duties and enjoy recognition for it
  • Build self confidence by helping others
  • Become a member of the Oneida Healthcare Family & enjoy giving back to the community!



Exceptional Care provided with support from Exceptional Volunteers!

If you have a heart for service and a desire to provide exceptional care right here in your community please consider joining our Volunteer Team! Volunteers play a vital role in the services we provide throughout Oneida Healthcare. In addition to providing services that bring comfort to our patients and their families, many volunteers provide specialized, technical expertise on important projects. Whether they're working directly with patients, or working behind the scenes, our volunteers enjoy the opportunities to meet new people, to keep active while providing important services, and to experience the personal satisfaction that comes from helping others.

We offer two distinct areas of work to our Volunteers:

Patient Centered Care Opportunities 

  • Emergency Dept. Assistant
  • Greeting/Escorting /Flower Delivery
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient / Resident Visitors
  • Surgical Waiting Area Host/Hostess
  • ECF Activities Volunteer
  • ECF Reading Program

Non-Patient Care Opportunities

  • Clerical/Administrative roles
  • Messenger
  • Information Desk
  • Data Entry
  • Gift Shop Cashier - evenings are of special need
  • Volunteer Services Office
  • Projects
  • Events

With the many volunteer opportunities available, it's easy to find one that fits your schedule. You can volunteer during the day, in the evening, or on weekends. You can choose a volunteer position with a set schedule, usually a few hours per week. We offer morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend placements. Shifts may vary depending on the type of volunteer position you choose. We never forget that your time is valuable and we work to make volunteering fit your busy schedule.

Time Commitments for Volunteers

Volunteer Duration
Adult Volunteers 3-4 hours for a for a total minimum 50 hours in one year
College Students 3-4 hours weekly for a total minimum 50 hours in one semester
High School Students 3-4 hours weekly for a total minimum 40 hours in one semester.  Students must be at least 16 years of age


How Do I Become a Volunteer?
Thank you for considering volunteering your time and talent with Oneida Healthcare.  To prepare volunteers for an acute care and extended care setting and to protect the patients and community we serve, the on-boarding process for new volunteers is extensive! Since you will potentially work with patients, their families, and visitors, we are obligated to provide a comprehensive health review and criminal background screening to ensure - to the best of our ability - your and the community's safety.  Finally, the New York State Department of Health requires that all new volunteers be evaluated by a physical exam prior to placement. 

The following is a step-by-step outline for prospective volunteers.

Step 1: Contact the Volunteer Office: Andrea Narrow 315-361-2049 anarrow@oneidahealthcare.org

Step 2: Complete an Application Form

Step 3: Interview with Volunteer Services

Step 4: Complete a Health Review Questionnaire and Screening

  • Complete a Physical
  • Receive 1 of 2 Monteux tuberculosis skin tests (TST)
  • Either provide record of immunization shots and dates or have blood work done to verify immunization

Step 5: Submit Completed Health Forms (from Step #3) and Complete Background Check Authorization.

Step 6:  Complete Second Tuberculosis Test:

Step 7:  Volunteer Information Reviewed

Step 8:  Attend Volunteer Orientation and Training