Volunteers & Service Hours

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is honored to have 40 friendly and dedicated volunteers annually who play an integral role in fulfilling our mission of providing loving care to children.

There are various opportunities for our volunteers, whether your interest is spending quality time with both children and families – reading, playing games, making music, doing arts and crafts and helping with homework – or helping with administrative tasks such as filing and database entry; there is something for everyone.

Giving one’s time to our children and to our program is a richly rewarding experience. They will never forget your generosity.

Please note that all volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Given the medical complexity of our children, this is non-negotiable.

Please also note that all volunteers must complete a medical form, criminal background check and NYS Office of Children and Family Services screening prior to lending their time.

Current Opportunities

Neighborhood Helper

Volunteers will be assigned to one of our neighborhoods. Here they have the opportunity to interact with a variety of children ages birth to 21-years-old. Neighborhood helpers act as companions for children and infants by rocking babies, reading stories at the bedside, accompanying children to our many in-house activities or simply holding a hand and being present with a child.


Health Screening

All volunteers are required to submit the volunteer medical history form. This form outlines the medical requirements to be submitted prior to volunteering. The first page is to be filled out by the applicant and the second by a physician.

Background Screenings

All volunteers are required to fill out a State Central Registry (SCR) and HireRight background check. Please allow ample time for these background checks to be completed; you cannot begin as a volunteer until they are cleared.

Reference Form

All volunteers are required to submit three letters of reference with their application.


Attending a volunteer orientation is mandatory prior to volunteering. Upcoming dates will be provided by the Vanessa Andrews, Volunteer Coordinator, when the initial application or inquiry is received.

Time Commitment

Volunteers must agree to dedicate at least three consecutive months or one semester of their time for a minimum of three hours per week. Additionally, volunteers must adhere to their consistent schedule each week; unscheduled visits are not permitted.

Please Note

Any individual interested in internships, fellowships, practicums, observation, field work or any other educational opportunity requiring professional supervision, must contact the affiliated department directly. These opportunities are not processed through the Volunteer Office.

If you would like to dedicate some of your time to the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, please download the complete application below and contact Vanessa Andrews, Volunteer Coordinator, by phone at (914) 294-6423 or via e-mail at VAndrews@setonpediatric.org.

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Volunteer Application

If you would like to dedicate some of your time to the John A. Coleman School, please send your inquiry to Bayley@setonchildrensfoundation.org.

Hosting a Fundraiser

To discuss hosting a fundraising event to benefit the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation, please contact Barbara Rossi at (914) 597-4021 or send her an e-mail at BRossi@setonchildrensfoundation.org.

Participating in Events

Each year, the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosts a variety of events to benefit our children. To find out how you can help, please contact Barbara Rossi at (914) 597-4021 or send her an e-mail at BRossi@setonchildrensfoundation.org.