The Boston Ability Center is happy to accept volunteers on an ongoing basis depending on availability and need. Volunteer positions are best suited for individuals considering a career in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Speech and Language Pathology. We offer both year-round and seasonal opportunities.
Due to COVID-19, we have currently put a pause on our volunteer program. If you are interested in a clinic aide position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
Year-round weekday opportunities
Preference is given to those who are able to commit to a regular weekly volunteer shift (minimum of 3 hours) for at least 6 weeks. Opportunities to gain smaller numbers of volunteer/observation hour are possible depending on clinician schedules.
Primary volunteer responsibilities include:
• General office support in the form of answering phones.
• Assistance with preparation, maintenance or organization of treatment materials for all disciplines.
• Direct observation or participation in individual treatment sessions or therapy groups
• Providing hands-on assistance with patient care when an extra set of hands are needed for an activity or exercise.
Weekend Opportunities are available as a monthly or bimonthly commitment during the school year.
Sibshops - Run on Saturday afternoons, these groups are for siblings of children with disabilities. This group typically consists of children aged 3-8 and runs for 1.5 hours. It requires a 2-hour commitment which includes prep and clean up time.
One Night Out - Run monthly on Saturday evenings from 6-9pm, this is a drop off babysitting event for patients and their siblings. Interested volunteers can find more information at http://www.OneNightOut.org .
School Vacation and Summer Opportunities
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camp (CIMT Camp) - One-week camp sessions run over February and April School Vacation weeks. A four-week camp session runs during July/August. Preference is given to volunteers who can commit to one or more full weeks of camp. We accept graduate students from PT/OT programs to participate in camp in a hands-on role. We accept undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in OT/PT to act as support staff for this camp as well. Volunteers will also help with material and activity prep and clean-up related to camp activities.
BAC Summer Camp - Offered for 1 week at the end of summer. Volunteers will act in a supporting role either helping guide a small group of campers through designated activity sessions or helping to lead a short craft or book activity. Volunteers will also help with material and activity prep and clean-up related to camp activities.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the BAC Volunteer Application and Volunteer Reference forms and return them to MacKenzie Rickert at email@example.com.