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Volunteer Services

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

One Year Program

General Information

A few times a year, we open up our One Year Program to new applicants, ages 18 and older. We ask that these volunteers complete one 4-hour shift per week for the duration of one year. We review applications on a first-come first-service basis, and keep a wait list for those who are eligible but beyond our current capacity needs. If you are interested in a particular session, please check this web page two to three months before the start of your chosen program for instructions on how to apply.

Placement will be made on an individual basis. Additionally, the volunteer will assist their supervisor with any other needs, such as unit programming, preparing materials for special events and helping to organize and maintain a safe, clean environment while assisting with toy washing.

Location: Main Campus, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA

Deadline: The Reference Form is due within 1 week of submitting the online application. We will follow up with all applicants via email within 3-4 weeks of our recruitment date.


How to Apply?

Our next recruitment period will be OPEN from Monday, January 6 at 9am to Wednesday, January 8 at 9am. Please consider applying if you can complete the commitment of one calendar year (March 2020-March 2021). 

Due to the large patient and unit needs throughout the summertime, applicants starting their volunteer service in March must be available throughout the summer. If you plan to be away for 3 weeks or more during the summer months (May 1st-September 1st), we would ask you to revisit our website at a later time for future opportunities. If you are unsure of your summer plans, we would ask that you revisit our website in July for information about fall volunteer opportunities.

  1. One Year Program - Volunteer Application
  2. Reference Form
    • We recommend using email - please have your reference send the form to volunteer@childrens.harvard.eduduring Open Enrollment.
    • Please do not have your reference submitted beforehand, as we will not be able to attach it to your application.
    • Be sure to follow up with your reference, as we will not be accepting reference forms after enrollment is closed.
    • We only require 1 reference for a complete application.