Volunteer With Hebrew SeniorLife

Make a difference in the lives of the seniors we serve.

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You Can Make a Difference

As part of HSL’s plan to reduce COVID-19 risk, all volunteer and multigenerational programs are suspended in order to limit the number of external visitors to our campuses. We appreciate your understanding and will update this page with any future policy changes. If you would like to show your support to our residents, patients, and staff, please read the section below to see what you can do.

At Hebrew SeniorLife we are committed to transforming the experience of aging for the seniors we serve. We depend on the generous donation of time from our volunteers who make it possible to offer so many life-enhancing programs. In turn, our volunteers find it gratifying to know that they make a real difference in an older adult’s life with their service.

Here are some of the volunteer roles available across Hebrew SeniorLife:

  • Staffing the gift shop
  • Leading activities like discussion groups, mah-jong, or other group games
  • Visiting patients by yourself or with a therapy animal
  • Being a compassionate companion for patients at the end of life
  • One-on-one relationship building with an older adult
  • Fulfilling a school service requirement
  • Learning hand massage techniques to help patients relax 

Support HSL During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Send Cards and Pictures

We’re doing everything we can to help our patients and residents fight off feelings of isolation while visitation is suspended at our campuses. We invite children to send letters, cards, and drawings that we’ll distribute to show patients and residents that we’re thinking of them. Please send these items to Lynda Bussgang, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026.

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Encourage Our Employees

Our incredible team is working around the clock to support patients and residents through this crisis. The work is harder than ever, but HSL employees are meeting the challenge – and then some. Keep their spirits up by making posters with words of encouragement. Please send them to Lynda Bussgang, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026.

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Donate to our COVID-19 Response Fund

This health care crisis is putting our most vulnerable seniors at risk. Gifts to Hebrew SeniorLife’s COVID-19 Senior Response Fund will provide funding to purchase personal protective equipment, increase staffing, do food deliveries, and expand technology to help patients and residents ward off social isolation. Please give today to meet an urgent and growing need.

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We Offer Many Opportunities to Volunteer

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Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

Volunteer at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Do you ever notice how a simple act of kindness toward another person makes both parties feel wonderful? Discover how rewarding it is to enrich patients’ lives in long-term chronic care or on the rehabilitation center services units.

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Building Relationships Across Generations

Participate in Intergenerational Programming

Hebrew SeniorLife unites generations, bringing together senior residents, patients, and students from the community to forge impactful, meaningful relationships. We provide fulfilling opportunities for individuals and groups looking for meaningful service programs.

Learn More About the Program
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There When You’re Needed Most

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart of a hospice program. Hospice places extraordinary value on the selfless sharing of time, energy, and compassion by individuals for others at their most vulnerable time of life.

Learn About Becoming a Hospice Volunteer