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Volunteering

Bridgeport Hospital’s Volunteer Program provides a rewarding opportunity for individuals over the age of 15. Volunteers generally contribute a minimum of four hours a week for at least six months. There are a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or choose to work behind the scenes.

As we continue to manage the return of volunteers to Bridgeport Hospital following our pause due to COVID, we ask for your patience and thank you for your interest.

Please be aware that all volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID as well as masked while in the building.

Volunteer Opportunities

Behind the Scenes: Volunteers who are placed in a behind the scenes assignment assist staff with clerical duties, deliveries and light computer work.

Customer Service: Volunteers in a customer service position assist patients and visitors in navigating throughout the hospital or providing service to customers in the hospital’s gift shops.

Patient Support: Volunteers placed in a patient support assignment provide assistance to patients and staff in clinic as well as inpatient areas. Assignments may vary between moderate or intense patient support.

Special opportunities

Pet Therapy:  We are seeking Pet Therapy teams to provide comfort and support to patients and staff. Dogs must be at least one year old and registered with an accredited pet therapy organization. Please contact Lisa Fimbers at 203-301-1062 for more information.

Reiki: We are seeking certified Reiki practitioners to provide a gentle, “hands-on” energy healing touch to patients; promoting relaxation while reducing stress and anxiety.  

Volunteer Programs

Community Volunteers

Adult volunteers are asked to contribute four hours per week for at least six months. Please fill out the online Volunteer Application or call Volunteer Services for more information, 203-301-1062 or 203-384-3330. Thank you for your interest!

College Program

Academic Year Program (September - May)  

College students are expected to volunteer once a week for four hours for at least six months. You may fill out the online Volunteer Application or call Volunteer Services for more information, 203-301-1062 or 203-384-3330. 

Summer Program (May - August)

The Summer College Program is at capacity for 2022.

High School Program 

2022 Summer High School Volunteer Program

All High School Summer Program Sessions are filled. Please check the website for future high school volunteer opportunities.

H.O.P.E. Program

The H.O.P.E. (Having an Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) Program is a job-skills training program for community residents. Participants become YNHH volunteers, enroll in a variety of training opportunities and serve in numerous capacities throughout the health system as they prepare to re-enter the workforce. Please take the first step by completing this application and submitting to the email address or fax number or mailing to the address listed on the application. 

pdf H.O.P.E. Program application (fillable PDF)

 

Become a Volunteer at Bridgeport Hospital

If you are interested in becoming part of this dedicated and highly respected Bridgeport Hospital team, please contact Volunteer Services, 203-301-1062 or 203-384-3330, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

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