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Student Volunteer Program


“Emerson Hospital has been such a wonderful place for me, and volunteering here makes me so proud.”

– Rachel Wheeler, student volunteer

To volunteer, a student must be at least 14 years of age or in high school and willing to perform 100 hours of community service. If selected, students may volunteer in the school year or summer program. Maturity, dependability and confidentiality are essential qualities we seek in prospective volunteers.

Student volunteers perform a wide range of duties in the following areas:

  • Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Newspaper/Book Cart
  • Office Support
  • Reception Desk
  • Transport

This is a popular volunteer program so students are encouraged to call the Community Service Office at 978-287-3200 to put their name on the waiting list. If you are called to volunteer, you will be required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation class and complete 12 hours of on-the-job training to prepare for your role. The orientation covers program expectations, confidentiality regulations, dress code and hospital safety regulations. All volunteers must complete a health visit, which includes TB testing and a blood titer.

School Year Program

Students can volunteer on weekends either during the school year or all year long on Saturday or Sunday morning (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) or afternoon (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm). All schedules are for four hours and student volunteers are expected every week.

Summer Program

Students must volunteer 8–10 hours per week to achieve 100 volunteer hours over the summer, usually one full day or two half days per week. This program begins in the spring with a three-hour orientation program, which is mandatory.