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Volunteer programs

Volunteers serve in a variety of roles throughout our system, including in the following programs and areas:

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Volunteers play vital roles at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center by offering patients and families services that enhance their experience and promote health. As a volunteer, you might help the Child Life team, serve families at the Family Center, cuddle babies, or visit patients as part of our Pet Therapy program.

The Gift Shop at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

If you are interested in learning about or have experience in retail, customer service, and business, consider becoming a buyer, assistant buyer, or cashier at The Gift Shop at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. You'll help provide patients, families, and staff with a break during their time visiting Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The Gift Shop proceeds fund grants that support services for patients, hospital equipment, and nursing education.

The Jack Byrne Center for Hospice & Palliative Care

Our volunteers at The Jack Byrne Center for Hospice & Palliative Care generously give their time to support the patients and families at the Jack Byrne Center. Volunteer opportunities include providing companionship and one-on-one support, entertaining patients and families, baking in the family kitchen, and helping patients and their loved ones in a variety of other ways.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care volunteers help relieve boredom and stress for patients facing long hospital stays by visiting with patients to read to them, help make phone calls or write notes, offer music CDs and players, or simply sit by the bedside to offer reassurance.

Patient and Family Advisors

Patient and Family Advisors (PFAs) provide the patient and family perspective across a wide range of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center committees and projects, giving direct input on the decisions, policies and practices that affect the services our patients receive. Each PFA has experience as a patient, family member of, or caregiver for a patient of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Performing Arts at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Entertainment volunteers create a healing and welcoming environment for patients, staff, and visitors by playing the piano or instrument of their specialty for an hour in public spaces in the building.

Pet Therapy Program

Pet Therapy Program volunteers are dog-human teams who are specially trained and registered with Pet Partners or Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Pet therapy dogs visit Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center patients in numerous settings and greet patients, families, and staff at designated entrances. They offer affection, cheer, stress relief or solace to all ages. They are well mannered, of gentle disposition, and enjoy interacting with people.

Not sure what program is right for you?

Interested in volunteering and don't have a specific program in mind? You can still apply! Our staff will help match you with an appropriate volunteer role if one is available.

D-H volunteer Bryan Shin with his violin
Volunteer Bryan Shin is one of the many musicians who volunteer their time and talent at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.