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Volunteer Program Updates | Nov. 8, 2021

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

We encourage you to check back here on our website in late December when we anticipate volunteer recruitment to reopen.

In the meantime, please review our COVID-19 vaccination policy below and then click on the Volunteering button for detailed information about each of our volunteer programs.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Vaccination Info for Prospective Volunteers 
The following update provides more details on the COVID vaccination requirement for all Friends of Strong volunteers, and the vaccination deadlines that must be met in order to volunteer with Strong Memorial Hospital.

The Requirement
The University of Rochester (Strong Memorial Hospital) requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and need to provide proof of vaccination prior to beginning their service. This also includes volunteers who will be serving at off-site UR Medicine locations.

Individuals cannot commence volunteer activities until the point of being fully vaccinated, which is two weeks following the final dose of a vaccine!

This means that you are only considered fully vaccinated after at least two weeks (14 days) have passed since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series vaccine; or at least two weeks have passed since receiving a single dose of a 1-dose vaccine.

For example: If you apply to volunteer with us and are accepted with a start date of Sept. 8, then:​
          *You will have needed to receive the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (or a single dose of a 1-dose vaccine) no later than Aug. 25.
          *And you will have needed to receive the first dose of a 2-dose vaccine no later than Aug. 4.

Therefore, if you are interested in volunteering with Friends of Strong this fall, you should consider beginning the vaccination process as soon as possible. While it is unlikely that your volunteer start date will be this early, you also do not want to delay/miss out on the selection of your volunteer role options because you are not yet fully vaccinated at the time your preferred role begins.

Getting the Vaccine
Interested volunteers can take advantage of the many COVID-19 vaccination locations in the region, including local pharmacies. In the Rochester area, the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub continues to provide resources and information on the various locations that offer the vaccines as early as today.

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What is Friends of Strong?

We're a dynamic volunteer organization advancing the mission of Strong Memorial Hospital. Each year, nearly 1,500 volunteers serve approximately 130,000 hours by:Friends of Strong informational brochure PDF for download and print.

  • Enhancing the health care experience for patients, families and visitors throughout Strong Memorial Hospital and at many of our offsite clinic locations
  • Promoting the hospital throughout our community
  • Raising money to support patient care programs and initiatives

Get Involved

We invite you to help us support and serve our patients, families and visitors.

There are many ways you can join us in fulfilling our mission—from assisting in our Family Waiting Room, to working with patients directly at one of our offsite clinic locations, or simply attending or helping to organize one of our many fundraising events.

Our volunteers, supporters and employees are wonderful people who truly—and meaningfully—make a difference in patients' lives. We take the opportunity to boast about them whenever we can.

Please peruse our website for more information about our programs, volunteer opportunities or how to donate to Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital. Feel free to call our office at (585) 275-2420 or email us at with any additional questions you may have or click on the brochure image above for a downloadable pdf.

Every day. Every year. Every purchase you make at the Friends of Strong Gift Shop, Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, and other Friends of Strong fundraising events helps support patient- and family-centered care initiatives at Strong. Since 1975, Friends of Strong has given more than $18 million to departments and programs throughout UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital.