Individuals

Donating Your Time and Talents

 

We offer 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 our 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; weekend and evening shifts may also be available.
Commitment - Because we require immunization history and background checks, we can’t accommodate volunteering for one day only. BHCHP requests you come in on a regular schedule (same day/same time every week) over a six month period.
Location - Multiple sites in and around Boston.

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 a new volunteer orientation
  • Complete a CORI check (must be completed in person with a valid ID)
  • Submit immunization records, including proof of COVID vacination (Click here for requirements)

Available Volunteer Roles

Volunteers generally commit to a recurring, weekly role. Different roles can have different shift parameters, so please read the role description carefully to make sure it fits in your schedule.

  1. Patient Navigator – Escort vulnerable patients to outside appointments. A wide range of shifts are available Mondays through Thursdays during regular business hours.
  2. Street Team Clinic Assistant –The Street Team is looking for 2 volunteers to join us at our clinic at MGH -- one apiece on Wed mornings and Thurs mornings from 8am-12pm -- to support our nurse with triage and milieu management of the waiting room, do patient accompaniment around the hospital, plus some appointment scheduling and reminders during downtime. Wed mornings are generally more quiet and has less staff. Thursdays tend to be more kinetic and requires most of the team to be present which currently is two Internal Medicine MDs, a PA, an RN, a Psychiatrist, two CMs, a Recovery Coach, and a benefits coordinator. We cannot offer parking, but are happy to give a meal ticket for the MGH cafeteria. The clinic is located on the red line (Charles/MGH station) or a 10-15 min walk from the orange line (North Station). Please be aware that while opportunities to join the team on streets rounds will be available on occasion, this role is primarily at the clinic site. 
  3. AA/NA Group Assistant - Volunteers will provide support to outside AA/NA groups conducting support groups at our 780 Albany St. facility, under the supervision of one of our Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) members. Volunteers will assist with set up and tear down, going door to door to patient rooms to announce the group, light group facilitation on occasion and periodic research projects assigned by the CAB member.

Roles are available at both our Barbara McInnis House (780 Albany St., Boston) and Stacy Kirkpatrick House (461 Walnut Ave., Jamaica Plain) facilities. Please be aware that needs and shift availability can change rapidly, so availability of listed shifts cannot be guaranteed.

When you're ready, click the Apply Now button below to begin your application.

Apply Now

Applications will 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 set up an orientation.

We are very sorry, but 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 volunteer@bhchp.org for more information!

Existing Volunteers

Click HERE to log into your volunteer page.

 

Existing Volunteers

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