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Westchester Medical CenterValhalla, NY 10595


Have you ever wanted to volunteer in a healthcare setting for children and didn't know where to begin? Look no further. A visit to the doctor can be scary for a child, but we have a prescription for making a trip to the pediatrician more enjoyable.

JCY's OPENBOOK program is partnering with Westchester MedicalCenterin a "Prescription forLiteracy." Trained volunteers greet children as they arrive at the clinic and help children choose age appropriate books or an activity to do while they wait to see the pediatrician for their well child visit. This serves a twofold purpose :to ease childrens' anxiety while promoting literacy.

Volunteers might read a story or have the child read to them. Or they might work on a crossword puzzle, color in a coloring book or do a word search. Volunteers are there to introduce the literacy experience while the pediatrician then reinforces the importance of reading by giving each child a brand, new book we provide.

Since the clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 3-5 p.m., this makes for an excellent community service opportunity for local students, retired individuals and other adults who may have time in the afternoon.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity in a healthcare setting. Join us today and find out how you can make a difference in a child's life.


Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
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