Donating Your Time and Talents
BHCHP offers a variety of opportunities for individuals looking to make a regular, weekly commitment to our program and our patients. Whether providing administrative support or engaging directly with patients, volunteers are vital to BHCHP's success. Although volunteers do not engage in direct clinical work, their contributions expand and complement the care we provide to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Hours - Weekdays during normal business hours; limited weekend and evening shifts may be available.
Commitment - Because we require immunization history and background checks, we can’t accommodate volunteering for one day only. BHCHP requires you to come in once a week, every week on a regular schedule (same day/same time every week) over a six month period.
Location - Multiple sites in and around Boston.
Sample list of volunteer opportunities:
Clinic Assistant - Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s BMC Clinic is a bustling outpatient clinic; providing primary care to adults experiencing homelessness and linking them to behavioral health and dental care offered in the same building. Volunteers serving as Clinic Assistants will support patients and staff in the clinic by assisting with general and varied tasks such as, but not limited to: assisting patients using the telephone, data entry, sorting patient mail, administrative projects, escorting patients from waiting room to exam rooms, etc.
Patient Activities Leader - Volunteers serving in this capacity will plan, coordinate and lead activities for adults experiencing homelessness staying in BHCHP’s medical respite facilities, the Barbara McInnis House or Stacy Kirkpatrick House. Examples of activities include: arts and crafts; knitting; board games; bingo; Wii; computer training; creative writing; etc.
Meal Program Assistant - Meal Program Assistants will complete a variety of tasks, included but not limited to: preparing trays for meal service, brewing coffee, filling condiments, serving meals, and clean-up.
Case Management Assistant - Volunteers serving in this capacity will support patients in the completion of forms and applications, accompany patients to off-site social service and medical appointments, as well as assist patients with various phone calls. The volunteer will oversee the management of BHCHP’s emergency clothing closet.
Becoming a Volunteer at BHCHP
All volunteers must be 18 years or older and able to commit to at least 6 months of service. All volunteers are required to complete the steps below before beginning their volunteer work.
- Complete our online application
- Email two letters of recommendation to [email protected]
- Attend an in-person orientation
- Complete a CORI check (must be completed in person with a valid ID)
- Submit immunization records (Click here for requirements)
Applications and recommendation letters will be reviewed to determine whether you have the qualifications and availability we seek. Candidates are not considered until the application and two letters of recommendation have been received.
We will contact prospective volunteers directly to schedule interviews or set up an orientation. Due to the volume of applications, we are only able to contact those for whom a possible match is identified. Thank you for your efforts and interest in serving at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Please email Allison Seitz at [email protected] for more information!