Volunteer Opportunities in Boston

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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.

Volunteer Services

Opportunities at Boston Children's Hospital's Main Campus


Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Assist patients and families at time of discharge.
  • Greet and direct families and patients to appropriate destination.
  • Escort families and patients to sites throughout the hospital.  Bilingual skills are helpful.
  • Answer phones, assemble packets, file, copy & collate and complete data entry in offices.
  • Play with children and siblings in waiting areas, in play areas, in the Emergency Department and at bedsides.

 Volunteer placements include:

  • In patient care areas
  • In offices and departments
  • In Main Lobby or throughout the hospital
  • Ambulatory Care Areas
  • Emergency Department

Patient Family Housing Programs (21 Autumn Street and Kent Street): The Patient Family Housing Program provides affordable accommodations  to families.  Volunteers assure that families are comfortable and occupied during their stay.

Pawprints: (Boston Campus / weekdays only). Pawprints is Boston Children's therapy dog visitation program. Boston Children’s Hospital volunteers own the dogs.  The goal of Pawprints is to provide hospitalized children and their families with a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine and an opportunity for social interaction. Learn more about Pawprints. For more information, visit our website. 

Special Projects:

  • Create afghans, quilts and blankets of all sizes for patients of all ages.  During fall and winter months, create mittens and scarves for all ages to be distributed in ambulatory programs. **We are not in need of hats at this time as we are fortunate to have many groups making hats.

  • Organize picture book drives for Reach Out and Read Program and the Emergency Department

  • Organize magazine drives for clinic waiting areas, Admitting and the Emergency Department

  • The hospital can only accept brand new books

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