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“As a volunteer, I have met fascinating people, made wonderful friends and have had the joy of improving someone's day through small acts of kindness.”

– Alice Van Deusen

Make a difference in your community.

Emerson Hospital has more volunteers per bed than any other hospital in Massachusetts. Yet even with over 500 adult and student volunteers representing 38 towns, we need your help. It’s more important than ever for our community to come together—and there’s no better place than your local hospital.

Volunteers are what make our community great:

  • Average adult volunteer gives 125 hours to Emerson per year
  • Approximately one quarter of volunteers have served at Emerson for more than 10 years
  • Our volunteers provide an invaluable service in 50 different service areas

Ready to make a difference at Emerson Hospital? Start by learning about our Adult Volunteer Program or Student Volunteer Program, and then call 978-287-3200 to sign up.


Nominate a candidate for the Joan Schiller Outstanding Volunteer Award

Please help us select an Emerson Volunteer for this year’s Joan Schiller Outstanding Volunteer Award.

This annual award was established to honor Emerson volunteer Joan Schiller (volunteer from 1986 – 2010) before she retired and relocated to Pennsylvania. Joan donated over 22,000 hours of service while working in the Family Liaison program and as a patient advocate at Emerson Hospital. Previous awardees included: Joan Schiller, Mary “Muffin” Hester in 2011, Kirsten Hviid in 2012, Joe Lemere in 2013, and Alberta Genetti in 2014, as Outstanding Volunteer recipients.

It’s time to identify another special volunteer for this year’s award, so we hope that you will take a moment to nominate someone. The Award will be presented at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 23rd. All entries will be reviewed by a committee. Please fill out this nomination form and return it in a sealed envelope to Janet Davis in the Community Services Department at Emerson Hospital by March 6th. (Please note: students are not eligible for this award).