Volunteer Services at Boston Medical Center

Volunteer Services

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How Can I Help?

Below is a list of areas in which you as a volunteer can help out at Boston Medical Center. Click on the links to learn more about each of the areas.

Pediatric Patients
Adult Patients
Special Projects

Pediatric Patients

Inpatient Care Areas for Children
For children, coming to a hospital can be an unfamiliar and sometimes uncomfortable experience. Volunteers provide comfort to our young patients and support for their families.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Work on art projects with pediatric patients and other children in the waiting areas of Primary Care, Specialty Clinics or the Emergency Room.
  • Participate in the Reach Out and Read program by reading to children during waiting times and helping parents with reading skills.
  • Provide activities and companionship to hospitalized children of all ages.

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Adult Patients

Inpatient Care Areas for Adults
For adult patients and families who come to BMC, our basic goal is to make the time spent here pleasant and comfortable. Volunteers support hospital staff so they have more time to spend with our patients.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Assist hospitalized patients – visit patients in medical, surgical or oncology areas
  • Help families – direct and escort families to patients, waiting rooms, and testing areas; provide information about hospital services and lend moral support.
  • Patient amenities – talk and read to patients; visit all areas of the hospital with an inpatient book and magazine cart.

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In Offices and Departments
It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work to keep BMC running smoothly.

How you can help:

  • Perform a wide range of supportive and clerical tasks for various departments.
  • Organize take-home groceries and assist clients in BMC Food Pantry.
  • Greet patients in different areas of the

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Hospitality Areas

Special Hospitality Areas
Providing hospitality is an important responsibility for all volunteer assignments in adult and pediatric patient care areas. However, there are additional positions specifically geared to making patients feel welcome.

Here are some ways you can help

  • Escort patients, visitors and families from main hospital entrances to inpatient units, outpatient clinics and emergency areas, as BMC Guides, using foreign language skills with patients who speak little English.
  • Act as Patient Greeters and Advocates in the Emergency areas and in Behavioral Health.
  • Work as receptionists in the Project Trust community-based HIV/AIDS prevention program.

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In Kind Donations to Volunteer Services

While most volunteers have a regular schedule on-site at BMC, others provide service in a wide variety of ways, either from home or at the hospital.

How you can help:

  • Donate hand-knit items for newborn babies
  • Collect recent magazines and gently used novels for distribution on the Volunteer Services book cart
  • Provide holiday and year-round gifts for patients of all ages
  • Share your talents in art or music

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Please contact us for more information regarding volunteer opportunities.


Contact Volunteer Services

Main Phone: 617.414.5122
Email: Volunteer.Services@bmc.org

Boston Medical Center
Volunteer Services Department
85 East Concord St., 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02118-2393

Learn More

Quick Links

Directions to BMC
BMC Campus Virtual Tour
Apply to Volunteer
Volunteer Online Application Form
Office of Development
BMC in the News
Patient Stories

Downloads (PDF)

Volunteer Immunization Form
BMC Campus Map
What Makes BMC Special
Inspire Newsletter

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