Our Volunteers Make a Difference

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, an individual voluntarily performs a service for a fellow human being. The volunteers at Good Samaritan Hospital carry on that tradition.

Upon completion of the volunteer onboarding requirements, volunteer applicants will receive a training and orientation at the hospital. At this time, volunteers will learn about open areas of service, and assignments and schedules will be arranged based on interest & availability. Volunteer roles include but are not limited to the gift shop, thrift shop, clerical roles, special projects and patient experience. Every effort will be made to match each volunteer with the opportunity of his or her choosing.

Junior Volunteers

The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital annually honor three junior volunteers for their dedication and volunteerism by presenting them with scholarships to support their college journey. The 2021 scholarships were awarded to:

  • Steven Cayea, St. Anthony High School
  • Ushima Chowdhury, Deer Park High School
  • Elizabeth Garrovillas, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School

guild junior scholarship recipients

How to Volunteer

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New Members Welcomed

members of The Guilds of Good Samaritan

Applicants over 18 years of age will be invited to join the Guilds of Good Samaritan. Guild volunteers make a commitment to donate a minimum of 50 hours annually.

In biblical times, the Good Samaritan was a volunteer who, unbidden, performed a service for a fellow human being. At Good Samaritan Hospital, the Guilds of Good Samaritan carry on that tradition. The Guilds are volunteer organizations with an elected Central Council who donate their time, treasure and talent to benefit the hospital with service and the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation with donations.

To better accomplish their goals, the Guilds are always welcoming new members who would like to contribute their time in service to the hospital. Involvement can vary from weekly volunteer duties, to monthly meetings and participation in special activities and fundraisers. The Guilds have access to firsthand information about the programs and successes of the hospital and can act globally to assist with reaching goals that further programs in-house or in the community.

We thank you for your interest in volunteering at Good Samaritan.

Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Two Professional References
  • Medical Clearance
  • Interview & Orientation
  • Security Badge


Currently, more than 300 guild members bring their life experience and generosity of spirit to the hospital. Guild members volunteer their time by providing:

  • Support services to hospital departments
  • Fundraising
  • Advocating on behalf of the hospital
  • Expanding personal horizons through friendship and leadership roles

Good Samaritan Hospital is grateful for volunteers who donate their time to help us deliver quality, compassionate care. In recognition, we offer:

  • Free parking
  • Free cup of coffee or tea daily
  • Free lunch for each 20 hours of service
  • Tracking of service hours for recognition and awards
  • Attendance at monthly Central Council meetings to learn important information about Guild activities, advocacy and hospital issues and plans (refreshments are provided).

Contact Us

For more information or to request an application:

Brittany Colasanto, Manager of Volunteer Services
Good Samaritan Hospital/Volunteer Office
1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795

Becoming a Junior Volunteer

Good Samaritan Hospital’s popular Junior Volunteer Program is for qualified students between 15 and 18 years of age. Participating teens make a commitment to 50 hours or more over the course of the volunteer time period. The contributions of junior volunteers are invaluable to both the students and Good Samaritan Hospital.

For more information on the Junior Volunteer Program, please contact our Junior Volunteer Coordinators Ingrid DiGiovanna and Laurie Feldscher at 631-376-3396.



We invite perspective junior volunteers to collect an application packet in the Volunteer Office.

Hours of Operation

Volunteer Office: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Junior Volunteer Desk: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Tracking of service hours for recognition and letters issued for high school, community service and college applications
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Application
  • Medical Clearance
  • Reference from your school's guidance counselor
  • Interview
  • Orientation

Junior volunteers are assigned to more than 15 different areas throughout Good Samaritan Hospital and offsite offices.

Upon completion of the application requirements, volunteer applicants will attend new volunteer orientation where they will receive information on their job assignment, training and information on hospital policies, and learn about open areas of service. Assignments and schedules will be arranged based upon interest and availability.

Every effort will be made to match each volunteer with the opportunity of his or her choosing. After school and weekend volunteer opportunities are available. Participation in special projects and events are also offered to junior volunteers throughout the year. Upon completion of the orientation, junior volunteers will be issued a uniform and identification badge.

Please note that our Junior Volunteer Program is unable to accommodate summer-only positions. Program coordinators work carefully with committed junior volunteers to accommodate school and extracurricular activities.

Support for Heart Patients

Brave Hearts volunteer with Dr. Mendola

​The Brave Hearts of Good Samaritan Hospital are a group of the hospital’s former open heart surgery patients who offer support and assistance to current heart patients. Brave Hearts visit with patients to deliver membership certificates and lend an experienced view of recovery. They also staff a telephone support line for recently discharged patients. Members publish a semi-annual newsletter, coordinate educational programs and support one another in their post-operative experiences.  

For an annual donation of $15, the Brave Hearts offer the following resources to members:

  • HeartLine: A phone listing of past open heart patients who are willing to speak with new open heart patients about their experiences. HeartLine details are published in the Brave Hearts newsletter. 
  • Newsletter: The Brave Hearts newsletter is produced semi-annually and includes updates about the Open Heart Program at Good Samaritan, Survivor Stories, HeartLine contact information, heart health news and tips, and save the dates for upcoming Brave Hearts events.
  • Meetings: The Brave Hearts host semi-annual meetings at Good Samaritan Hospital for all members. Meetings include featured speakers on health-related and miscellaneous topics of interest to members. Meetings also provide for fun networking with other open heart patients.
  • Special Events: Brave Hearts membership also offers opportunities to participate in special events and outings such as fishing trips, Atlantic City trips, Broadway shows, golf outings, dinners and dances.
  • Hospital Visits: One to two times per week, Brave Hearts volunteers visit post-surgical patients who have left CTICU.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Application
  • Two Professional References
  • Medical Clearance
  • Interview & Orientation
  • Security Badge

Contact Ashley King at 631-376-4365 or Ashley.King@chsli.org for more information.

The pastoral/spiritual care staff at Good Samaritan Hospital is comprised of certified and ordained chaplains who meet both the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families. Our goal is to enhance the healing process by providing encouragement and support through prayerful presence and attentive listening. In addition, sacramental ministry is available to patients of the Roman Catholic tradition, as well as prayer and devotional materials for those of other religious traditions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Eucharistic Minister. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) who take communion to the sick in the hospital have a role in sharing the Church’s total ministry to the sick after the manner of Jesus. In bringing Communion to the sick, the EMHC represents Christ and manifests faith and charity on behalf of the whole community toward those who cannot be present at Sunday Mass.

EMHCs are “sent forth” from the chapel at 10:15 am daily.

Training is offered by the Diocese of Rockville Centre several times a year to become an EMHC. Please call the Pastoral Care office at 631-376-4103 for more information.


  • Application
  • Two Professional References
  • Medical Clearance
  • Interview & Orientation
  • Security Badge

Contact Information

Deacon Richard Becker, MS, MA, BCC, Director of Pastoral Care and Ethics
Phone: 631-376-4570


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