Volunteering in health care doesn’t always mean you’ll be spending your free time in a hospital. We’ve come up with a list of seven volunteer roles for individuals interested in a career in health care, and we’re confident you’ll find one that fits for you. Whether you’re already working in the healthcare profession or you’re interested in volunteering to give back, there are many opportunities for you to put your talents to use in Boston!
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
The mission of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) is to partner with shelters, hospitals and volunteers in the greater Boston area to provide high quality care to homeless men, women and children. Many of Boston’s hospitals rely on BHCHP and consider this organization a safe and trusted place to discharge patients. Volunteers are needed for both clinical and non-clinical roles. Non-clinical volunteers provide assistance in on-site care facilities, perform administrative tasks in an office setting and organize off-site donation drives.
Hospice Care Volunteer
Organizations that provide care and comfort to patients on hospice are always looking for volunteers to fill administrative roles and spend time with patients and their relatives. Hospice volunteers typically develop deep and meaningful relationships with patients and are rewarded by the comfort they provide to someone else’s life. There are many organizations in which you can apply to be a hospice volunteer in Boston, including PeopleFirst Homecare and Hospice, AseraCare Hospice, or Care Alternatives.
Samaritans, Inc. is a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline. The hotline is comprised entirely of volunteers, who answer phone calls and provide nonjudgmental support to victims and their loved ones. All volunteers are thoroughly trained to service either teens or adults. At Samaritans, Inc., your love and support could be the difference between life and death.
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge
The American Cancer Society created the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Boston to provide free stay, meals and transportation for cancer patients and their caregivers traveling more than 40 miles for treatment. The Hope Lodge is not only dedicated to helping relieve patients of the non-medical expenses of cancer treatment, but also to improve the quality of life for patients. The Hope Lodge is currently looking for volunteers with experience in massage therapy, nursing, nutrition and yoga. Volunteer needs vary so you should check back frequently to see if your skills and expertise are needed at Hope Lodge.
Special Olympics Massachusetts
Volunteers allow Special Olympics Massachusetts to provide year-round sports training and competitions to individuals with intellectual disabilities. As a volunteer, you can choose to serve in a variety of different areas, including coaching, event planning and executing, and healthcare support. Special Olympics Massachusetts is currently in need of first aid volunteers with previous clinical training and experience.
FriendshipWorks is a network of volunteers who provide assistance and friendship to elders in Boston. Volunteers at FriendshipWorks provide companionship, accompany elders to medical appointments as a medical escort, bring their pets to visit nursing home residents and serve on essential committees. You can choose to serve regularly at FriendshipWorks or on a one-time basis to fit your busy schedule.
Patient Support and Community Ambassadors at Local Hospitals
If you’re looking to get your foot in the door at a local hospital, there are plenty of opportunities for you to serve. Most hospital volunteers perform administrative tasks or venture into the community for fundraising and outreach. However, some hospitals do allow qualified volunteers to directly interact with patients. Check with your local hospital to explore available opportunities.
Regardless of the volunteer role you are looking for, there are opportunities for you to lend a helping hand in the Boston community. Volunteering your time and talents in health care is often one of the first steps towards a full-time career. You’ll gain exposure to determine whether or not a healthcare profession is the right fit for you.
If you’re ready to pursue your passion and take the next step towards furthering your nursing education, contact us at 866.892.3819 or complete this form for more information about our Direct Entry Nursing Program.