Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital


Volunteer or Donate

Volunteer Program

Voluntary Service is committed to supporting the Bedford VA mission to improve the lives of our Veteran patients. The Volunteer program’s goal is to provide hospital staff with clinical, administrative, and technical volunteer support through the recruitment of qualified, motivated, and patient focused individuals.

The Bedford VA benefits from the services of over 700 individual volunteers each year. Over 75 volunteers are on duty each day helping to make this a health care center of excellence. Volunteers from all ages and life experiences serve in many capacities at  Bedford VA. The mission of our Volunteer Program is to enhance the lives of Veterans through the delivery of compassionate, excellent care through the efforts of our volunteers, community and corporate partners and charitable donations.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a wide variety of Volunteer Opportunities available at Bedford VA. Positions are available to suit your individual interests. Assignments are available during the day, evenings and weekends.

A few examples of volunteer assignments are:

  • Hospice Volunteer - provides companionship and assistance to Veterans who are entering the final stages of life. Volunteers “fill in” and provide comfort at the bedside at times when family and friends are unable to be present.
  • Ambassador Program- Exceptional Customer Service: Greet visitors, provide directions to various areas within the hospital, answer general questions, escort Veterans
  • Event Escorts- Transport Veterans in wheelchairs or on gurneys to and from events in the theater, at outdoor picnics, barbecues, etc. (Can be on a call list for "as needed" events).
  • Chapel Escort-Transport Veterans in wheelchairs or on gurneys to and from the chapel to attend Catholic Mass on Saturday 4:00pm or Sunday 10:00am or Protestant Service on Sunday 9:00 am.
  • Office Administration - Support employees with general clerical work to include answering phone, filing, word processing, data input  and reception of Veteran patients and visitors.
  • Volunteer Drivers - Drive government vehicles to transport Veterans to scheduled medical appointments at the hospital.  Must pass a physical; possess valid drivers license and auto insurance.
  • Adopt-a-Veteran - Volunteer weekly one-on-one with a hospitalized Veteran.
  • Recreation- Accompany patients to activities both on and off campus.  Help with event set-up and bring patients from their rooms to participate in activities.
  • Adopt-a-Ward Program- A volunteer group sponsors recreation activities on various in-patient units.
  • Coffee Program Volunteer- Visit inpatient units and serve coffee to patients.

Please complete our online application to begin the process of volunteering at Bedford VA or call Voluntary Service at 781-687-3076.



Alexander Gagnon
Program Support Assistant
Voluntary Services Building 61, Room B09

Laurel Holland
Chief, Voluntary Service
Bldg 61

Debbie Murchie
Voluntary Service Specialist

Kevin Dougherty
Voluntary Service Specialist
Bldg 61

Rita Gambrel
Voluntary Service Specialist



What's Your Why video.