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.
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.
Sib shops - Run every other month 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 in the upper right and return them to Amanda Abraham at Amanda@BostonAbilityCenter.com .