We have reached our capacity with request for applications, however, if you would like to apply we will have opportunities starting in the fall. If you are interested in a fall start, please check the website after June 1st for more information. Thank you.
We are fortunate that there are so many individuals interested in volunteering at Boston Children's Hospital. We presently have a diverse, trained group of more than 700 individuals who selflessly devote thousands of hours each year to support the hospital staff and our patients and families. Whether playing with children during waiting times, helping families find their way in the halls or answering phones, the volunteers at Children's make a difference providing a special human connection that often eases the stress for patients and families going through difficult times.
1 year in a 4 hour time slot per week or
Two consecutive summers of 8 hours per week, for 8 weeks, during weekday/daytime shifts (no exceptions)
Volunteer Commitment for high school students:
All volunteers must be age 16 or older
Two consecutive summers of 8 hours per week for 8 weeks (no exceptions)
Weekday/daytime summer shifts only
All shifts must be completed by 5 p.m.
How to Begin
To begin volunteering you will need to complete an application and submit two references. Once received and reviewed, an interview is set up with volunteer staff.
Once You're Accepted
Volunteers must have a criminal background check before starting. Processing time for this is two to four weeks after acceptance into the program. Volunteers must also attend a 2-hour training session, and complete the following health screening:
2 Tuberculosis tests, provided by the hospital free of charge
Proof of 2 measles, mumps and rubella vaccines or titre; or the hospital will provide free of charge
Proof of Chickenpox by 2 doses of chickenpox/varicella vaccine, medical documentation of disease or titre or the hospital will provide free of charge
Abide by the Influenza policy regarding seasonal vaccine needs
Volunteers are allowed to play with children or to complete non-medical tasks. Patient privacy and confidentiality are respected, and individual illnesses are not discussed.
Off-site locations (daytime/weekday only):
- Boston Children’s at Lexington
- Boston Children’s at Peabody
- Boston Children’s at Waltham
- Martha Eliot Health Center, Jamaica Plain (Spanish fluency very helpful)
Off-site Volunteer opportunities include:
Help with the admission process.
Meet and greet patients and families, escort families to their destination, sort the mail and answer general questions.
Create and coordinate short term activities to occupy patients and siblings in waiting areas.
Help keep areas safe and healthy.
Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Services Department at 617-355-7885 with any questions or concerns.