Volunteering at Emerson

Make a difference in your community

Emerson Hospital is fortunate to have more volunteers per bed than any other hospital in Massachusetts. Yet even with more than 400 adult and student volunteers representing 42 towns, we still 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:

  • The average adult volunteer gives 125 hours to Emerson per year.
  • Approximately one quarter of our volunteers have served at Emerson for more than 15 years.
  • Our volunteers provide an invaluable service in many different service areas and clinic locations.

Ready to make a difference at Emerson Hospital?

Start by learning about our adult or student volunteer programs and then complete the inquiry form below. For questions or more information, please call 978-287-3200 or email Janet at jadavis@emersonhosp.org.

Adult Volunteer Program

To volunteer, you must commit to a minimum of four consecutive hours per week and 100 hours for one full year. A personal interview with our volunteer director will determine where your skills, interest and availability best fit. You’ll be required to attend an orientation and will receive on-the-job training for your specific assignment.

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

  • Administrative and support units
  • Clerical
  • Gift shop
  • Reception desk
  • Transport
  • Other areas upon request

Student Volunteer Program

To volunteer, a student must be at least 14 years of age and in high school. Students must volunteer 8–10 hours per week to achieve 60 hours over the summer, usually one full day or two half-days per week. This program begins in the spring with a mandatory orientation program.

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

  • Gift shop
  • Office support
  • Reception desk
  • Transport
  • Radiology
  • Other areas upon request

Maturity, dependability and confidentiality are essential qualities we seek in prospective volunteers. This is a popular volunteer program. Students are encouraged to call the Community Service Office at 978-287-3200 or email jadavis@emersonhosp.org to place their name on the waiting list.

If accepted, you will be required to attend a new-volunteer orientation class and complete on-the-job training. 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 (test), and be cleared by employee health.

Ready to volunteer? Complete the below inquiry form and a community services representative will follow up with you. Please note that our high school student wait list is very long. By completing the inquiry form, you will be placed on the wait list for future volunteer opportunities. If you have questions, please call 978-287-3200 or send an email to jadavis@emersonhosp.org.

Volunteering with the Auxiliary

The Auxiliary of Emerson Health is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the community and enhancing the patient experience at Emerson. The Auxiliary offers numerous volunteer opportunities designed to fit a wide range of interests and availability. Examples may include event planning, fundraising, crafting handmade patient care items, computer work, photography, public relations at community events, graphic design and more. There is no minimum time commitment and membership is not required to volunteer.

Volunteer Inquiry Form

Please complete the below form if you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Emerson Hospital. A member of our community services department will follow up with you. [Privacy Policy]


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