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Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there an age requirement to volunteer at Boston Medical Center?

All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Opportunities for junior volunteers (16 and 17 year-olds) are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and require a three hour commitment. For this reason, we encourage our junior volunteers who cannot make a volunteer commitment during the school year to apply to our Summer Program. 

I have applied online, but have not heard from anyone after the suggested two week response. What should I do?

Chances are we are waiting on your letters of reference. We generally do not reach out to applicants unless we receive both of the two required reference letters. With this said, keep in mind that we receive many applications and review them on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to reach out to us, however we cannot guarantee a placement for all that apply.

Who should the references be from? What should the references write?

Two reference letters are required. Reference letters should be no more than a paragraph in length and speak to the applicant’s interest in volunteering at BMC as well as their strengths as a volunteer. References can be from anyone other than a relative.

For our volunteer applicants who are currently students we encourage one of the references to be from a recent teacher or advisor when possible.

I only have evening and weekend availability. Can I volunteer?

We have a limited number of opportunities during evenings and weekends. These opportunities tend to fill up quickly as there is less need for volunteers during these hours. Some roles allow the flexibility of a 3-6pm shift if this may work with your schedule. We encourage you to note any flexibility you may have on your application.

I am interested in receiving school credit for my time at BMC. Does Volunteer Services oversee internships? 

If a student is interested in interning for school credit they must reach out to the person they want to intern with directly and the employee will reach out to Human Resources to establish the internship.

What about shadowing or observing opportunities?

If you are interested in shadowing you must reach out to the person you are interested in shadowing directly and they must contact visiting personnel.

When do I send in my immunizations?

After receiving your volunteer placement through the interview process we ask that you bring a hard copy of your immunizations to your appointment at the Working Well Clinic. Volunteer Services does not keep any copies of immunizations.

I don't have a TB test within the last year. What should I do?

You can get your TB test at BMC’s Working Well Clinic during your initial health screening. Please note that TB tests must be read 48-72 hours after the initial implant and will require a second visit to receive clearance.

Can I attend volunteer orientation before knowing my volunteer role?

We ask that you wait to attend orientation until you have been placed in a volunteer role and have determined a weekly shift. This will ensure a smooth start soon after you attend volunteer orientation.

What is the easiest way to get to Boston Medical Center?

Volunteers may park in the 710 Albany Street garage. If coming by public transportation the following bus lines make stops near BMC : 1, 8, 10, 47, CT1, CT3, SL4 & SL5. For more information on getting to BMC please visit the directions and transportation page here.