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Volunteers from all walks of life and every local community choose to give their time and energy to Boulder Community Health. There are two routes to volunteering:

  • volunteers with a dogBCH Volunteer Services Department: Provides opportunities to help patients directly or provide support in a non-patient environment
  • BCH Ambassadors: A self-governing volunteer group whose members use their creativity and energy to raise money to directly benefit patients. Learn more about the BCH Ambassadors at bchambassadors.org.

Why Volunteer at BCH?

Volunteering at BCH is rewarding. When you volunteer, you:

  • Enrich the lives of others
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction
  • Put your talents and experience to work for a good cause
  • Become part of a friendly, caring team
  • Explore possible health care careers

Become a BCH Volunteer

Men and women, ages 14 to 90+, can choose to work with patients or in a non-patient environment. We offer many jobs, including:

  • Assisting patients and their families
  • Assisting with the infant hearing assessment program
  • Helping physical therapy patients
  • Delivering messages, flowers and mail
  • Helping staff on medical/surgical units
  • Performing office or computer work
  • Working in the gift shops

For a complete list of opportunities visit our Opportunities Directory The days and times you volunteer are flexible. Openings are available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Typically we ask that you volunteer once a week for a minimum of six months, however other options job shadow and limited-commitment opportunities are possible.

All volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Click here to fill out our volunteer application form

To learn more about joining our team , please email volunteers@bch.org or call 303-415-7800.

Volunteer Services Staff

Cathy Burchett, Volunteer Coordinator
Cathy was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She moved to Boulder in 1975 to attend the University of Colorado and never left. Cathy spent much of the time since then as a stay-at-home mom, raising two sons. She began working at Boulder Community Health in 2001 in the Human Resources Department. Cathy moved to the Volunteer Services Department in 2009 after she was hired as Volunteer Coordinator.

BCH Canine Corps

"All your dog visits made me SO happy. They were something to look forward to and helped me to get better. They were the best medicine possible. Thank you forever." - Betty Butler

volunteer posing with dog​The BCH Canine Corps has been delivering smiles to patients, visitors and staff at Boulder Community Health since 2000.

Some 40 pet therapy teams currently visit our facilities at Foothills Hospital and campus and the Tebo Family Medical Pavilion (The Cancer Center).

Apply to Be a Therapy Dog Volunteer

There is an extensive qualifying process involved in becoming a hospital-based therapy dog team. Sound like something you and your dog would be interested in doing? Please review the information below and fill in the submission form below and one of our Canine Corps Volunteer staff will contact you with more information.

  • Therapy dogs must be calm, obedient, not easily distracted and love to be petted by a variety of people.
  • Dogs must be at least two years old and handlers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Dogs on a raw protein diet are not eligible for this program.
  • Therapy dogs must be able to walk calmly on a loose lead.
  • Dogs should know basic commands and be comfortably controlled by their handlers in a variety of settings.

Members of the BCH Canine Corps are hospital volunteers. They must attend the hospital’s volunteer orientation program and complete a health check and a background check.

Volunteers and staff are required to get a flu shot each year. Boulder Community Health is a drug-free workplace including the use of medical marijuana products.

We find that not all dogs are suited to this kind of work. Nor are all handlers. Following is a link to an excellent article by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., entitled "Dog Assisted Therapy: Is Your Dog a Good Fit?" We strongly recommend you read this before contacting us.

Watch our Facebook Live event with BCH Canine Corps Volunteer Anne Walker and her dog, Nina.

BCH Canine Corps Volunteer Form
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Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated Vaccine Clinic hours and general vaccine info, please visit our vaccine page.