Volunteer Opportunities in Boston

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Volunteer Services

Thank you for your interest in joining Boston Children's Hospital Volunteer Services!

The application process for a September 2016 start is closed.
Please check back periodically as we will post open assignments as they become available. Visit the Special Assignment page where you will find current opportunities. 


Opportunities at Boston Children's Hospital's Main Campus

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Create welcoming atmosphere at main entrance of hospital and provide way finding assistance. Assist patient and families at time of discharge.
  • Escort families and patients to sites throughout the hospital. Bilingual skills are helpful.
  • Play with children and siblings at bedsides, in waiting areas, in play areas, in the Emergency Department's waiting room.

 Volunteer placements include:

  • In patient care areas
  • 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. 

Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Services Department at 617-355-7885 with any questions or concerns.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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