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Getting Started ...

Important points to consider:

  • All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to enter the program. Students, age 16 and 17, may qualify for our Junior Program, offering high school students the opportunity to volunteer at MGH.
  • WE HAVE MET THE MAXIMUM CAPACITY FOR THE JUNIOR SUMMER PROGRAM 2016. Our Fall-Winter program sign up of Juniors will start on August 1st, 2016. Please call our department at 617-726-8540 to learn more.

  • The minimum requirement for volunteering is three hours a week for at least three months.

  • The hospital requires that all volunteers provide documentation of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine and recent TB test results (from within the past 90 days).

    If you have not fulfilled these medical requirements, the Volunteer Department can schedule an appointment for you with our Occupational Health Office at your follow-up interview. There is no charge for an Occupational Health appointment.

    If you prefer, you may see your own primary care provider. However, it is important to note that costs for MMR vaccinations and TB testing will vary among medical providers and are expensive. Insurance plans often do not cover these tests. These charges will be the responsibility of the new volunteer and not the responsibility of the Volunteer Department or the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Getting started as a new MGH volunteer is a step by step process designed to ensure that all volunteers are oriented to hospital and Volunteer Department policies.

1. Register for an upcoming volunteer orientation.
Click here to be sent to our orientation registration page.

2. Complete an online application.
Once you register for an orientation, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Within the email, there is a link to our online application. The application must be submitted electronically prior to attending an orientation.

3. Attend an orientation.

4. Sign up for a follow up interview at the orientation.

More information about the process of becoming a volunteer at MGH...

At the orientation you will learn in detail about the requirements for volunteering at MGH, the history and mission statement of MGH, policies and procedures including: Fire Safety, Patient Confidentiality and Infection Control.

Additionally, our staff will discuss the opportunities that we have available through the MGH Volunteer Department.

At the end of the orientation, you will schedule a follow up interview with a member of the Volunteer Department staff.

If you are accepted into the program, you will:

  • review service descriptions for the opportunities that you are interested in.
  • complete a criminal and sexual offender background check form.
  • determine the exact start-up procedure for your placement.

Each placement has a distinct training and start-up procedure. Some placements require that you attend another orientation in the department you will be volunteering in before your training.

Other placements require that you "shadow" a seasoned volunteer in the placement that you are entering to learn the skills that are needed to perform the job.

The final step is to ensure that all of your records (medical and criminal) are in place before you begin volunteering.

Once all of the documents are received, you will proceed with your placement orientation or shadow shift, whichever is applicable to your particular placement.

All of these procedures are in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our patients and their loved ones. Please call the Volunteer Department at 617-726-8540 if you have questions.





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