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For more than 100 years, the Volunteer Program at Mercy Medical Center has played an integral role in the life of the hospital. Mercy currently has 225 active adult and junior volunteers ranging from 15 to 95 years old, whose hours total more than 170,000. Volunteers regularly serve in over 20 hospital departments and assist with day-to-day hospital operations, including patient transports, administrative duties, staffing community events, spiritual comfort and more.  Volunteers are categorized as "adult" volunteers (18+) and "junior" volunteers (15-17).

Also a part of the hospital's Volunteer Program is the Mercy Medical Center Council of Leagues (the "Ladies' Auxiliary"). The Leagues is an all-volunteer group of more than 1,200 members who raise funds for the hospital ($160,000+ raised and donated to Mercy in 2017). Additionally, Mercy has at least 50 volunteers assisting the Pastoral Care Department, including serving as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and supporting the Pet Therapy Program.

Most adult volunteers come from Mercy's neighboring communities of Rockville Centre, Oceanside, Freeport, West Hempstead and Baldwin; however, there are also volunteers from Suffolk County and Queens.

Mercy's younger volunteers are from the nearby high schools and colleges, such as Southside and Baldwin High Schools and Molloy College, and a large number of our junior volunteers (HS students) come to us from Kellenberg Memorial HS and Sacred Heart Academy which as Catholic schools encourage students to participate in community volunteer programs.

For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact the Office of Volunteers at (516) 705-1394 or

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Meet Mercy Volunteers 


Mercy Volunteers Catherine, Jim and Kevin, director

Catherine Walsh, 93, and James Whitehead, 94, both longtime Rockville Centre residents, have been volunteers at Mercy for 65 years, combined. They are extremely active and credit their community, strong Catholic faith and the sense of purpose they receive from helping others by volunteering at Mercy for their health, happiness and vitality.

Mary Sabbatino, 95, manages the hospital library/book sales program, which raised $7,500 for Mercy in 2017. She joined Mercy in 1995 and has accrued more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service. 


Departments Where Volunteers are Assigned

  • ASU Waiting Room
  • Employee Services
  • Emergency Department
  • Hospital Front Desk; Lobby
  • Gift Shop
  • HIMS-Medical Records
  • Infection Prevention
  • Library
  • Mail Room
  • Nursing Units
  • OR Booking
  • Pastoral Care/Eucharistic Ministers
  • Patient Navigator
  • Pet Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Pre-surgical Testing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Volunteer driver (transporting patients to medical appointments)
  • Volunteer office