Getting Started as a General Volunteer

1. Sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation (NVO) by sending an email to requesting desired orientation date (see NVO schedule). Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Email should include the following:

  • NVO in subject line
  • Your name
  • Contact information (daytime phone number and email address)
  • Preferred orientation date
  • Brief description of volunteer interests

2. Pre-placed volunteers, meaning volunteers who already have a relationship with a department and know where they will be volunteering, should obtain a letter from the BWH supervisor to bring with them to NVO. The letter must:

  • Be written on BWH department letterhead
  • Give a description of the duties the volunteer will be performing
  • Include volunteer’s weekly schedule (days and hours)
  • Include a start date and an end date

3. Attend entire NVO, bringing the following items:

  • Government issued picture ID (Acceptable forms of identification can be found at the end of an I-9 form, which you can view on the following website:
  • Visa information, if applicable
  • Immunization records (Volunteer Medical Screening Form may be completed by your physician; please view both pages of the form for further instruction)
  • Recent TB-test, plant and result (received within the last 90 days)
  • BWH department letter mentioned above (pre-placed volunteers only)

4. Receive clearance from BWH Occupational Health (OSSVS will facilitate this process).

5. Receive BWH ID badge and placement (OSSVS will facilitate this process).

Note: In the event that the volunteer is a minor (age 16-17) s/he will need to bring the following additional form to NVO: