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.
How to Begin
Thank you for your interest in joining Boston Children's Volunteer Services! The application process for the Fall 2014 is closed. If you are interested in a winter start, online registration will be available during the month of September 2014. The winter session is not available for High School students.
Please visit us again in December 2014 for information regarding our Spring and Summer opportunities. Also, please check back periodically as we will post open assignments as they become available.
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
Seasonal Flu Vaccine (Mandatory unless medically exempt)
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:
Meet and greet patients and families, escort families to their destination.
Create 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.