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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, September 23 at 9am to Wednesday, September 25 at 9am. The biggest volunteer needs are between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, as there is limited evenings and weekends at this time.

Please Note: All applicants interested in applying need to be available during the holiday season, November 2019 into January 2020. We are unable to accept applicants who will be away for periods of time during the holiday season due to the large patient and unit needs during this busy time of year (i.e. if you know you’ll be traveling back home for a week or more , going away on a vacation, etc.). If this commitment will not work for you, please check back to our website in December 2019 for future opportunities.

  • One Year Program Volunteer Application
  • Reference Form 
    • We recommend using email - please have your reference send the form to volunteer@childrens.harvard.edu during open enrollment.
    • Be sure to follow up with your reference, as we will not be accepting reference forms after enrollment is closed.
    • Our reference form must be used; recommendation letters are not required.
    • We only require 1 reference for a complete application.

If you cannot submit the application, this means the program is full and we have closed the application link.