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Chaplaincy Volunteers

  • Chaplain associate volunteers are an essential service within the Center for Spiritual Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, providing spiritual and religious support to patients, families, and staff. Cancer can be a challenging and demanding experience, and chaplain associate volunteers – along with staff chaplains – are an integral part of the health care team offering spiritual care.

    Chaplain Associates assist patients and families in addressing many needs by the following:

    ·         Respecting a person’s beliefs, regardless of religious or spiritual identity.

    ·         Offering a caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental listening presence.

    ·         Assisting in exploring hope, meaning, and purpose.

    ·         Offering prayer and spiritual and religious rituals when desired.

    ·         Obtaining spiritual and religious materials and resources.

    ·         Making referrals to staff chaplains.

    ·         Contacting community clergy when requested.

    ·         Assisting in chapel services.

    Application and Requirements

    The position requires:

    ·         Undergraduate degree in religious, spiritual care, health care studies or other related field, or a master’s degree in divinity or theological studies.

    ·         Letter of good standing from a faith community.

    ·         Chaplaincy internship, clinical pastoral education, or related spiritual care hospital experience. (If not, additional chaplaincy training may be available in the program.)

    ·         Ability to offer spiritual care to people of all religious faith and no faith traditions, gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnic backgrounds.

    ·         Complete the Dana-Farber Chaplain Associate Training Program.

    ·         Available 4-12 hours per week, with a minimum six-month commitment.

    ·         Excellent interpersonal and computer skills.

    ·         Meet health, safety, and background checks.


    To begin the application process, download the Chaplain Associate Volunteer application and send with resume and letter of good standing to dfcispiritualcare@dfci.harvard.edu. For more information call 617-632-3908 or the Volunteer Department at 617-632-3307, volunteerservices@dfci.harvard.edu.