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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are placed throughout the hospital in many different areas helping in many different ways. Below are a few examples of volunteer positions and requirements:

Adult Inpatient

Must be at least 22 years old, respectful of patients and staff, strong interpersonal skills.

Volunteer Visitor

Talk and read to patient, engage in playing cards, board games or other materials.

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Bring reading material, crosswords, coloring, etc. to patient's bedside.

Compassionate Companion

Volunteers must be one year past a significant loss.

Provide a comforting presence during end-of-life for those who are alone or whose families, friends or communities are not present.

Adult Outpatient

Food Pantry

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

Shifts are Monday-Friday 10:00 AM–1:00 PM and 1:30 PM–4:00 PM.

BMC Ambassador

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

Shifts are 3 hours Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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Bring reading material, crosswords, coloring, etc. to waiting rooms.

Cancer Resource Volunteer

Must be at least 18 years old with excellent interpersonal skills and maintain professional attitude at all times.

Trained by the American Cancer Society programs and services with patients, family members and caregivers in the Cancer Center environment.

Shifts are Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:00 PM-2:00 PM.

Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

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Must be at least 20 years old and have a friendly demeanor and previous experience with children.

Provide comfort to young patients by providing activities and companionship to hospitalized children of all ages.

Shifts are generally Monday-Friday 9:00 AM–1:00 PM and 1:00 PM–4:00 PM.


Must be at least 16 years old and have previous experience with children.

Provide a warm, cheerful welcome to all patients entering and departing the clinic and help to research illnesses, diseases and appropriate resources for families.

Shifts are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM–1:00 PM and 1:00 PM–4:00 PM.


Strong interpersonal skills, interest in promoting health literacy, fluent in Spanish.

Educate patients with epilepsy and their families in the use of mobile health and telehealth technologies.

Shifts are Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM-12:00 PM.

CALM Program

Volunteers must be at least 22 years of age and make a year commitment.

Cuddle substance exposed infants with NAS, assisting with their non-pharmacologic care when their parents are not available or need to rest.

We are currently in the pilot phase of the program and will not be interviewing new applicants until March.

There is a very long waitlist for this program.