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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 For more information call 617-632-3908 or the Volunteer Department at 617-632-3307,