Become a CSSC Volunteer

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities by completing this online form (Columbia students only):

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Volunteer Opportunities

COVID-19 Community Hotline

Provides staffing support of clinical health professionals for a community informational line about COVID-19.

Companionship Project

Provides virtual companionship to hospitalized patients via phone or video call.

Friendly Calls to Seniors

Outreach program to older adults in the community to provide emotional support and encouragement, and alleviate loneliness.

OB Public Health Outreach

Reaches out to pregnant patients from the Medicaid clinic network to provide public health guidance on staying safe, logistic details on clinic and policy changes, and most importantly offer an empathetic listening ear to provide reassurance.

OB Postpartum Outreach

Medical and NP students call day 3 postpartum patients to screen for common OB and pediatric concerns.

PPE Task Force

Organizes procurement, donation, and manufacturing of personal protective equipment from interested parties in the community.

COVID-19 Research

Works with principal investigators who are engaged in time-sensitive COVID-19-related projects.


  • COVID Follow-Up engages in remote monitoring of COVID-positive patients after discharge. This project uses students with clinical training and licensed supervision. 
  • Telemedicine Patient Assist works with outpatient clinics to rapidly onboard patients onto institutional telehealth platforms, allowing for more efficient clinic flow and reduction in in-person encounters.

Workforce Health and Safety

Provides staffing support for the hospital service tasked with receiving calls and following potential cases of COVID-19 among staff and providers.

Creative Communications

Works to amplify the voices of all student volunteer efforts--be it internal mental health and wellness initiatives or community-facing projects directly supporting our frontline.

Information Services

Produces high-quality, summarized, and digestible resources on the COVID-19 pandemic and management for patients, families, faculty, and students, and supports the technological and publishing needs of other service projects. Teams within the Information Services project include:

  • Creative Communications
  • Patient Education and Design
  • Language Translation
  • Literature Assessment and Summary
  • Web Design
  • Outreach

Medical Education

Works to enhance the virtual curriculum to ensure high-quality ongoing curricular experiences for preclinical medical students.

Mental Health and Well-Being

Supports the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and community members through projects such as:

  • Hero Meals—a service that supports local restaurants and business by fundraising to employ a lean staff to provide nutritious, comforting fare to hospital staff working the front lines.
  • Virtual Community-Building projects, such as yoga and meditation.

Tech Operations Support

Provides internal support through technology to CSSC administration and project leaders.

Child Abuse Prevention

Due to the increased risk of child abuse during the pandemic, we are working on different methods to reduce and prevent abuse including a social media campaign and other more direct interventions. 

ColumbiaConnect Virtual Tutoring and Mentoring

Connects children in the community with virtual Columbia tutors/mentors to help children succeed in this time of uncertainty where they have needed to rapidly adjust to virtual learning without a structured classroom.

Food Insecurity

Works with the organization CHALK to ensure that eligible families know that fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods are still available for pickup via the mobile market throughout this crisis.

Non-Columbia students (in NYC and beyond) who want to support the nonprofit sector and get engaged remotely or through volunteering, please visit: COVID-19 Relief and Response