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.
Our areas of greatest need are listed below. This is not a complete list of volunteer roles … just the roles where the need is most pressing!
StreetCred Tax Prep Volunteer - BHCHP partners with StreetCred and the Boston Tax Help Coalition(BTHC) to impliment Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in area hospitals, health clinics and homeless shelters. We are seeking volunteers to work with persons making $54,000 or less,
persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Last year, StreetCred was able to return over $1.7 million to low income families.
NO PRIOR TAX KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED! (SERIOUSLY!): BTHC provides all the training you will need to competently and confidently prepare tax returns!
For more information on the VITA Program, go to www.irs.gov/vita
Behavioral Community Health Program Assistant - The Behavioral Health Community Program (BHCP) is a coalition of health care agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive care to patients with behavioral health issues and chronic illness. The Program Assistant will play an important role in outreach to patients referred to the program, as well as delivery of services after enrollment. This role anticipates a commitment of approximately 20 hours a week.
One Care Recruitment Assistant - One Care is a benefit offered to patients dually enrolled in MassHealth and Medicare to receive enhanced services to help them improve their health and well-being. These services include transportation, nutritional, focused care coordination and care management. This role anticipates a commitment of 15-20 hours a week.
Patient Activity Leader, Cardinal Medeiros Center - The volunteer will plan, coordinate and lead activities for homeless adults staying at the Cardinal Medeiros Center. Examples of activities could include: arts & crafts, knitting, board games, bingo, computer training, movies. The volunteer may also be asked to assist with lunch meals service. Slots are available Monday – Friday from 9a – 12:30a.
Patient Navigator, Stacy Kirkpatrick House, Jamaica Plain - Volunteers/interns filling this role will support our program by escorting medically-vulnerable patients recuperating in our medical respite facility to outside appointments. As our patients age and become more complex, the need for safe transport to appointments has become vital to the care we provide. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays, Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays.
Volunteer Generalist - The Generalist will fill different roles day to day, even hour to hour, providing crucial support where and when it is needed most. This position will afford you with a wide-ranging opportunity to interact with patients, family members, and staff, while gaining exposure to the operations of a medical respite facility, with its various staff roles and functions. Shifts are available Monday-Friday, mornings and afternoons.
Behavioral Health and Substance Use Resources Intern – Persons in this wide-ranging role will support clients participating in AA, NA and SMART recovery in a variety of ways. While this role will have some administrative functions, volunteers will observe and engage with patients with varying health, behavioral health and addiction issues. One or two volunteers are sought for between 8-40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, between 8:30a and 5p.
Development Department Intern - The volunteer will assist with the numerous administrative tasks required to support the efforts of BHCHP’s growing and thriving Development Department. This position is best filled by a dedicated volunteer who can work independently to coordinate and complete various tasks and projects specifically related to in-kind donations, donor relations, and social media. A volunteer that can devote up to 16 hours per week anytime between 9a – 5p, Monday through Friday (preferably on a Thursday) is sought.
Family and Friend Greeter - Personable and outgoing individuals are needed to greet and direct visitors to our in-patient medical respite facility, the Barbara McInnis House, during visiting hours and patient dining hours. Volunteers will interact with patients, family members, and staff, while gaining exposure to the operations of a medical respite facility, and various staff roles and functions. Volunteers are needed to fill a 2 hours shift (12:30p – 2:30p) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
If you would like information on other roles at BHCHP, email [email protected] .
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
- 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 awill be reviewed to determine whether you have the qualifications and availability we seek. Candidates are not considered until the application has 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 [email protected] for more information!