Kind Hearts and Helping Hands

“Volunteering is at the very core of being human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.”

 –Heather French Henry

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers who make a positive difference in the overall well-being of our community. We sincerely value and appreciate the compassion, caring and commitment each volunteer team member provides our patients and staff. Their kind hearts and helping hands can elevate a patient’s visit or hospital stay from ordinary to one filled with caring and kindness.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in a variety of areas throughout the hospital. All volunteer assistance is valuable, whether greeting or escorting patients and visitors, delivering materials, passing out snacks, helping people with lunch, or stocking supplies. Our department staff, as well as our patients and visitors, appreciate the commitment and help all our volunteers provide. 

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Lobby Greeter
  • Friendly Visitor
  • Messenger and Escort
  • Cafeteria Host/Hostess
  • Gift Shop/Gift Cart Attendee
  • Central Processing Delivery Aid
  • Shipping & Receiving Aid
  • Various Hospital Department Assistance

Other volunteer opportunities include our Volunteer Musicians and Paws for Care Pet Therapy Program.

About Our Volunteer Musicians

Our volunteer musicians provide relaxing, pleasing music to enhance the lobby environment for patients, families and staff. Our talented musicians take great care in creating a calm, relaxing space by playing either the piano, harp, or dulcimer.

About Our Pet Therapy Program

Research suggests that interaction with healthy, well-behaved pets can improve a patient’s mood, reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and provide comfort to families. Pet therapy programs have also been shown to improve staff morale. The Paws for Care pet therapy program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center works with Pet Partners and Caring Canines to provide this service. All pet therapists have been screened and all pets have completed therapy certification.

Volunteer Benefits

In addition to meeting new people and knowing you have made a positive difference, our volunteers are eligible to receive:

  • A meal voucher of $4.25 per shift
  • Free on-site parking during volunteer hours
  • Invitation to Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
  • Invitation to Annual Holiday Luncheon

Becoming a Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, please complete the online application. After we have reviewed your application, if we have openings that fit your interests, experience and availability, we would be delighted to schedule an interview. If you prefer, you can print the application and mail it to the appropriate address below.

Applicants for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington should mail their applications here:

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Volunteer Services 

41 Mall Road

Burlington, MA 01805

Applicants for our Peabody location should mail their applications here:

Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, Volunteer Services 

One Essex Center Drive

Peabody, MA 01960

The application process also includes:

  • Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check (for volunteers over the age of 18)
  • Proof of immunizations, including tuberculosis
  • Training and orientation

If you have questions about our volunteer program please call us at 781-744-8803.