Social Services

The Social Services Committee provides help to patients who are in need of assistance with practical issues on an emergency basis.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Social Services Committee

The Social Services Committee was the first volunteer group at Memorial Hospital and was in operation even before there was a professional social worker on staff. 

The Society's Social Services Committee works directly with MSK's Department of Social Work to provide patients and their families, who meet certain financial criteria, with small sums of money for brief periods of time to cover the costs of items such as: food, heat, utilities, rent, child care and in some instances, equipment and medications not covered by insurance.   Funds are also provided from time to time for parking, transportation, and housing for patients based on need while they are undergoing treatment. 

In addition, the committee funds the Kids Express program, which provides counseling and support services to assist adult patients in communicating with their children about the patient's illness. The committee also supports a number of MSK’s Pediatric support groups that help patients and their caregivers cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Social Service Committee also funds the Fellowship Program for oncology social work, which annually allows four individuals interested in pursuing careers in social work to intern at the Center. The Fellowship Program provides specialized on-the-job learning opportunities and stipends for four social work interns who are in their second-year masters program for a ten-week period during the summer. Fellows learn about the special needs of patients having a broad spectrum of clinical diagnoses and personal backgrounds. It is the only program of its kind in the metropolitan region. Fellows continue in the fall and spring semesters as interns and, upon graduation, often apply for and obtain positions in MSK's Department of Social Work. 

For more information about the Fellowship Program, please contact MSK's Social Work Department at 212-639-7020.