The Volunteer Services Department at Boston Children's Hospital is a diverse, trained group of more than 700 individuals who selflessly devote thousands of hours each year to support the hospital staff and patients.
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.
The volunteer commitment is for 1 year or for 2 consecutive summers at a minimum of 8 weeks each summer. The minimum requirement for volunteering is a 4-hour time slot per week for a period of 1 year. All volunteers must be age 16 or older.
High School Students: weekday/daytime summer shifts only. All shifts must be completed by 5:30 p.m.
Summer Volunteers: must do 2 consecutive summers keeping to a set schedule. A summer consists of 8 hours, once a week during the daytime on weekdays (not nights or weekends) and a minimum of 8 weeks each summer.
ATTENTION: The Winter Program is all set. Thank you to all who have applied! The deadline to request an application for a spring start is Tuesday, February 4, 2014. You must be age 18 years or older.
How to Begin
If you are interested in securing an application to volunteer, please email your name and address to email@example.com
Complete and return the application together with your two reference sheets. The application will not be processed unless the references are included in the mailing.
Set up an interview with volunteer staff.
Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Services Department at 617-355-7885 with any questions or concerns.
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.
(If you are interested in volunteering off-site, please email the Volunteer Department in Boston or call 617-355-7885).