In-Hospital Projects

enCouraging Memories is our hands-on volunteer program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to enter a hospital and create positive memories for pediatric patients and their families. For programs that take place in the hospital, volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Volunteers facilitate arts and crafts projects that allow hospitalized children to express themselves through creativity.

Celebrations allow pediatric patients and their families to escape from the hardships that accompany a hospital stay. Volunteers will spread joy to hospitalized children through play, arts and crafts, and more.

Reading with hospitalized children offers distraction while encouraging educational fun.

Looking for something else? We will reach out to our Hospital partners and try to find a volunteer opportunity or event that accomodates your interests.

Out-of-Hospital Projects

Volunteers will have a variety of opportunities to work hands-on with the children that we serve, without having to enter the hospital. All year round, enCourage Kids offers family outings to numerous events that are free of charge. We also encourage our volunteers to make an even bigger impact by joining our Young Professionals Committee or making your miles matter as a part of Team enCourage Kids.

Join us in creating positive memories for kids living with a chronic illness and their families with exciting events outside of the hospital such as movie days, holiday partieis, a day at Six Flags, a weekend at camp, and more.

Become part of our dynamic group of caring professionals. Meeting monthly, the YPC is dedicated to finding new, fun ways to raise awareness and funds to support enCourage Kids’ programs.

We put the fun in fundraising! We are passionate about supporting you on and off the course. You will be assigned a dedicated staff manager to provide personalized support to make your efforts feel fun, easy, and rewarding.

Special Events

Participate on a committee at fundraising activities and events. Assist with hospitality, registration, silent auctions, raffles, set-up, and more. Volunteers must be 18 years old.

Serving Up Smiles: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A night of fine cuisine, wine, and spirits. Throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to taste spectacular cuisine, world-class wines, and specialty cocktails while enjoying live music and an exciting silent auction, all to benefit enCourage Kids.

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Holiday Happy Hour: December 3, 2019

On Giving Tuesday every year, our Young Professionals Committee hosts this happy hour to send cuddly Bears to hospitalized children during the holiday season. The happy hour includes a beer and wine open bar, as well as drink specials throughout the night.

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Annual Gala: March 2020

This exciting night is our biggest fundraising event of the year! Held at the beautiful Ciprani Wall Street, it is an evening full of delicious food and drinks, as well as an inspiring message about enCourage Kids’ work.

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Starry Night: May 2020

enCourage Kids’ Young Professionals Committee hosts this annual event, which is held at the stunning 230 Fifth Rooftop. The evening includes a three-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, exciting raffle prizes, and live music while learning about enCourage Kids.

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enCourage Kids’ Annual Night at Citi Field: June 2020

A great night of fun, food, and baseball to help support enCourage Kids’ mission. The evening includes tickets to the game, a barbeque in Bullpen Plaza with unlimited food and soft drinks, and a special visit by Mr. Met before the game.

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Annual Golf Outing: July 2020

Enjoy a day of golf at the beautiful Pine Hollow Country Club and The Mill River Club. Afterward, wind down with a cocktail hour and dinner at Mill River to hear about our honoree and award winners, as well as the enCourage Kids’ mission.

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To view all of our individual volunteer opportunities, please click here

To begin the registration process, please fill out our online application. Once your application has been received and reviewed, someone from enCourage Kids Foundation will reach out with more details.

For projects that take place in the hospital, at family outings, and for special events, volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For certain projects that take place outside of the hospital, for example, putting together goodie bags, volunteers can be younger than 18 years old.

Yes, to ensure the safety of our kids, enCourage Kids Foundation conducts background checks on all of our volunteers. Volunteers are not responsible for any costs or fees associated with background checks.

If volunteering for a project that takes place in a hospital or hands-on with the children that we serve, we ask that volunteers do not attend if they are sick. We do not want to risk any of the children contracting anything that may harm them.

If you have additional questions, please contact Development & Impact Philanthropy Associate, Briana Horwich at or 212-354-2878.

Individual Volunteer Application

To learn more, please contact Briana Horwich at