Volunteer Services

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Volunteer Services

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 1,200 individuals who selflessly devote thousands of hours each year to support the hospital staff and our patients and families. Whether playing with children during wait times or helping families find their way in the halls, the volunteers at Boston Children's Hospital make a difference providing a special human connection that often eases the stress for patients and families going through difficult times.

Thank you for your interest in joining Boston Children's Hospital Volunteer Services!
Applications for a May or June 2017 start will be posted here on Friday, February 3, 2017 until open positions have been filled.
You must be 16 years of age by March 1, 2017 in order to apply.
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.


Here is a brief description of the requirements for both the One-Year Adult  Program and the Summer Teen Program.

One-Year Adult Program

Minimum Commitment:
Four hours per week for one calendar year

18 Years or Older
Must be able to volunteer during standard business hours - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Limited Evening or Weekend shifts available.


Summer Teen Program

Minimum Commitment:
Two eight-hour days per week for eight consecutive weeks of the summer; June through August.

16 to 18 years of age
Must be able to volunteer during standard business hours - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No evenings or weekends.

Volunteers are allowed to play with children or to complete non-medical tasks.  Volunteers must be mindful of patient privacy and confidentiality is respected at all times-individual illnesses are not discussed.

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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