Volunteer Opportunities in Boston

Volunteer Services

Thank you for your interest in joining Boston Children's Hospital Volunteer Services!


One Year Program (Summer Start)

The 2018 One Year Program – Summer Start has been filled. We have reached our capacity with requests for applications.

For 18 years of age and older: If you are still interested in volunteering, please visit us again in July for information on how to apply to our One Year Program – Fall Start.


Summer Teen Program

The 2018 Summer Teen Program has been filled. We have reached our capacity with requests for applications


Other Assignments

Please visit the Special Assignment page periodically where we will post open assignments as they become available.

Opportunities at Boston Children's Hospital's Main Campus

  • Create welcoming atmosphere at main entrance of hospital and provide way finding assistance. Assist patient and families at time of discharge.
  • Escort families and patients to sites throughout the hospital. Bilingual skills are helpful.
  • Play with children and siblings at bedsides, in waiting areas, in play areas, in the Emergency Department's waiting room.

 Volunteer placements include:

  • Inpatient care areas
  • In Main Lobby or throughout the hospital
  • Ambulatory Care Areas
  • Emergency Department

Patient Family Housing Programs (21 Autumn Street and Kent Street): The Patient Family Housing Program provides affordable accommodations to families. Volunteers assure that families are comfortable and occupied during their stay.

Pawprints: (Boston Campus / weekdays only). Pawprints is Boston Children's therapy dog visitation program. Boston Children’s Hospital volunteers own the dogs. The goal of Pawprints is to provide hospitalized children and their families with a healthy diversion from the usual hospital routine and an opportunity for social interaction. Learn more about Pawprints. For more information, visit our website. 

Do not hesitate to contact the Volunteer Services Department at 617-355-7885 with any questions or concerns.