Volunteer Program

Volunteering Makes a Difference

Individuals and families from surrounding communities support Bassett Healthcare Network by volunteering throughout the year. Volunteers help in various roles at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and at Bassett’s community health centers around the region. Volunteers add an important personal connection to patients’ experiences in the increasingly technological environment of health care. Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities at Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

Bassett volunteers are people just like you – professionals, retirees, students, stay-at-home parents, and many others. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. 

Bassett Medical Center Volunteers

Complete the acceptance process by filling out our online form

Online Application

If you would prefer to print and manually fill out our application, please view the below documents:

What Areas do Volunteers Work in?

Volunteers lend their time and talents in many areas of the health care system. You may choose what interests you. Volunteer shift hours are flexible, and positions are available in the following areas:

  • Ambulatory Clinics
  • Compassionate Companions
  • Emergency Department
  • Family Lounges
  • Information Desks
  • Medical-Surgical Units
  • No One Dies Alone
  • Pastoral Care
  • Pet Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Women’s Center
  • Clerical Support in all departments
  • Bassett Cancer Institute Information Center

2019 Yearly Volunteer Requirements:

All volunteers will be trained and oriented to the hospital setting and are required to complete the 2019 mandatory education packet. Applications will not be processed until this packet is complete. 

Mandatory education is a required educational program established to provide an effective and efficient method of training all employees annually for topics set by state and federal regulations. These topics include infection control, employee health, the patient representative service, safety, HIPPA, Bassett's compliance program, harassment, and risk management. All volunteers will be educated about hospital procedures to assure their safety and the safety of others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Job shadow participants must be 14 years of age.

At least three weeks in advance.

Applicants should expect a response in approximately seven business days, but the time may vary depending on the number of applications and immunization records to process.

A PPD is a tuberculosis test. The first step is receiving an injection, and the second is to return to the facility between 48 and 72 hours later to have a health professional examine the injection site.

Volunteers should dress in business casual attire: khakis, dress shirt, or dress pants. No jeans, no open-toed shoes, and no tank tops.

If you feel ill, please contact Volunteer Services at 607-547-6691 or barbara.tarka@bassett.org.