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Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started as a volunteer?

To volunteer, call (312) 942-5574. You'll be asked to register for a high school or college/adult orientation. Provide your name, telephone number, email address and a date best suited to your schedule.

What happens at orientation?

You will meet the lead volunteer coordinator and complete some paperwork. You also will learn about Rush history, volunteer responsibilities, and policy and procedures. This will help you decide if Rush is the right volunteer opportunity for you. If you decide to proceed, you will be asked to complete a two-step TB (tuberculosis) screening test and mandatory quizzes.

Where do volunteers work?

Home base is in the Volunteer Services office, but you can serve anywhere in the Medical Center performing a variety of nonclinical duties.

Can I volunteer on the weekends?

No. Currently all volunteer opportunities are completed on site from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Is there a time commitment?

Yes, most positions require a minimum commitment of two to four hours per week. We ask that volunteers make an overall commitment of 125 hours per year.

Do you have opportunities for high school students?

Yes. High school orientations are held once a month. Bear in mind that scheduling volunteer time can be an issue for high school students, especially during the school year. The Volunteer Services office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and service hours must take place during these times.

Is there a minimum age for volunteering?

We accept high school students age 14 or older as general, nonclinical Special Services volunteers.

Do you accept college or university students?

We welcome college or university students. Internships and externships are not available through Volunteer Services.

Will I receive training if I volunteer?

Yes, training and orientation are provided for all volunteer positions.

How does Rush recognize the contributions of volunteers?

Our patients, their families and our staff appreciate our volunteers every day. In addition to ongoing informal recognition, all volunteers are invited to an annual volunteer recognition dinner where we present a number of awards for outstanding service.

Contact us

For more information, please contact us:
Volunteer Services
Phone: (312) 942-5574
Fax: (312) 942-5806
E-mail: volunteer_services@rush.edu