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Volunteers are placed throughout the hospital in many different areas helping in many different ways. Most volunteer shifts are between 9 am-5 pm Monday through Friday. Weekend and evening volunteer positions require that a volunteer be at least 22 years of age and have previous hospital experience. We cannot guarantee a volunteer position to all that apply however below are examples of volunteer placements.

Unfortunately, we do not offer any volunteer positions for high school students during the school year. Please check back with us in the spring to inquire about volunteering at BMC for the summer months.

Pediatric Inpatient Care Areas

  • Must be at least 20 years old and have a good demeanor and previous experience
    with children
  • Provide comfort to young patients by providing activities and companionship to hospitalized children of all ages

Pediatric Outpatient Areas

  • Work on art projects with pediatric patients and other children in the waiting areas
  • Read to children during waiting times and helping parents with reading skills
  • Provide a warm, cheerful welcome to all patients entering and departing the clinic and help to research illnesses, diseases and appropriate resources for families

Adult Inpatient Care Areas

  • Direct and guide families to patients and waiting rooms
  • Talk and read to patients
  • Visit certain areas of the hospital with an inpatient book and magazine cart

Emergency Department

  • Must be at least 22 years old and have previous hospital experience
  • Directs visitors and family to the proper source for information about status of patient in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care; Provide information and support to patients and families in the waiting room
  • Provide bedside activities for pediatric patients in the ED; Provide activities in pediatric waiting room to patients and siblings to help reduce stress during wait

Food Pantry

  • Assist with the inventory, picking up and stocking food and assisting patients with shopping in the food pantry

BMC Ambassador

  • Welcome patients and visitors, escort patient and visitors to appointments throughout the medical campus

Contact Volunteer Services

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

Volunteer Services Department
Boston Medical Center
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Ave. Basement, BW-02
Boston, MA 02118

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