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Adult Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program Update | Dec. 20, 2021

We’re excited to again welcome new volunteers to our Adult Volunteer Program!

We invite you to review the primary requirements of our volunteer program listed below and sign up for one of our 1-hour in-person Volunteer Information Sessions scheduled at Strong Memorial Hospital throughout the next few weeks.
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If you require personalized assistance, please call our office at (585) 275-2420 and one of our friendly staff will help you sign up for an Info Session. If none of these dates/times work for you, or if all appointments are full, please complete our volunteer interest survey using this link, and we will contact you if additional sessions are added for the spring 2022 recruitment period.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 Vaccination Info for Prospective Volunteers 
The following information provides the details of our COVID vaccination requirement for all Friends of Strong volunteers, along with the vaccination timelines 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 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.

Therefore, if you are interested in volunteering with Friends of Strong this spring, you should consider beginning the vaccination process as soon as possible, as you 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.

Questions? Please call our office at (585) 275-2420.


Typically, the greatest variety of volunteer opportunities becomes available in spring or fall. (You are considered an adult if you are 18 years of age or older and not enrolled in classes for college credit.) We are fortunate to have hundreds of local high school and college students volunteer with us during the summer months. To allow them these opportunities, we will offer adult volunteer positions again in the fall.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Attend a group information session. Our next available group sessions to be announced.
  • Schedule a personal interview with one of our volunteer coordinators. You will learn about available volunteer opportunities at this meeting.
  • Participate in a health appointment with Employee Health. (There is no charge for this. All arrangements will be made for you through Friends of Strong).
  • Commit to volunteer three or four hours per week for a minimum of one year.
  • You agree to submit to a background check and any additional requirements that are mandated by the University of Rochester.
  • Able to communicate clearly and fluently in English.
  • After the group info session, personal interview and health appointments, you also may be required to attend an orientation for the department you are assigned.

Frequently Asked Questions for Adult Volunteers

How do I get started?
Contact our secretary at (585) 275-2420 and ask when our next group information session will be scheduled.
I’m retired now. Can I volunteer more than three to four hours per week?
That would depend on the number of volunteers and opportunities we have available at any given time.
Can I volunteer any time I want?
Volunteer shifts may vary depending on the type of position we match you with. Currently, most placements occur during weekday hours, Monday through Friday. Occasionally we have evening and weekend positions available.
What kinds of activities will I be doing?
We offer a variety of activities in hospital departments and units. Some of those are Pediatrics, Patient Discharge, and the Gift Shop. All of our positions involve contact with patients on some level.
I have heard about hospital volunteers who “cuddle” premature infants and newborns. How can I do that?
These openings are called NICU Volunteers (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and are so popular that we rarely have openings. Please check our website regularly to see if the needs have changed.
I just had a physical. Why do I need a health appointment?
Your safety and the safety of our patients and staff is our first priority. The only way we can assure that is when you have been seen by our staff at Employee Health. The will also confirm that your vaccinations and other health-related requirements are up-to-date.