As a non-profit organization, Nantucket Cottage Hospital relies on our valuable volunteer force to assist our clinicians and administrators. Thank you for considering volunteering your time and talents with the island’s only healthcare facility. For general information about volunteering, please contact the Human Resources Department at 508-825-8251.

Hospital Thrift Shop 
Located at 17 India Street

The Hospital Thrift Shop, which sells affordable, recycled clothing and household items to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital, is always looking for new volunteers (female and male). Morning and afternoon shifts available.

Open for donations only Early April - mid-May
Open for the season Mid-May - Columbus Day weekend
Monday - Friday:
9:30 am - Noon and 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Wednesday Evening: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - Noon

For more information, please contact the Thrift Shop.

Volunteering for Events

The hospital hosts four big events each year which are staffed, in large part, by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for one of more of these events, please fill out our online event volunteer application.

      Native Reunion (February)

      Health Fair (May)

      Boston Pops on Nantucket Concert (August)

      Swing for Nantucket Cottage Hospital Golf Tournament (Sept)


Blue Coats

This volunteer program is for individuals interested in making a meaningful difference in our busy hospital, particularly during the peak season. Volunteers wearing blue smocks meet and greet patients in the Emergency Department’s reception room, direct people to their appointments, register them for surgeries and provide administrative assistance and any other service possible. The program has proven to be very successful and productive for the hospital, as well as rewarding for the volunteers. Orientation for the Blue Coat program occurs once a year, in the spring. We are accepting new volunteer applications.

Hospital Departments

Some of our individual departments are very grateful to have volunteer assistance, particularly during the busy summer months.


In order to volunteer with an NCH Department or as an NCH Blue Coat Volunteer, the following is required:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • A firm time commitment of at least 3 hours per week.
  • A two-hour orientation training at NCH prior to volunteering that includes training in Infection Control, Fire Safety, Back Safety, and Patient Confidentiality.
  • A Health Evaluation form completed by your physician.
  • A copy of your up-to-date immunization record, or completed vaccination through our Occupational Health Department.
  • A completed CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check which is done through our Human Resources Department.
  • An initial TB screening in our Occupational Health Department with a follow-up check.
  • Volunteers may apply online at www.nantuckethospital.org under "Employment Opportunities".
  • Completion of an annual online training course at partners.org/healthstream
    beginning in your second year as a volunteer.
For more information on volunteering, please contact the Human Resources Department at 508-825-8251.
Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. NCH actively supports a policy of equal employment opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status.
Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.