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Rush University Medical Center volunteers come from all areas of Chicago and the suburbs, and we're extremely proud of our more than 600 volunteers giving their time and skills to make the patient and family experience the best it can be.

How can you help?

Rush's Volunteer Services offers a selection of general non-clinical opportunities to suit the interests of our volunteers and the needs of the Medical Center. We like to introduce all new volunteers to our Special Services Program, as it's the perfect first step for getting to know Rush.

Special Services Program 

Services include the following:

  • Providing wheelchair transport and a friendly greeting to patients being admitted or discharged — a key service for volunteers.
  • Offering special amenities to patients by delivering flowers, mail,  water and crafts.
  • Conducting tours for schools, community and professional groups once you're familiar with the hospital. These tours are an excellent opportunity for current volunteers to explore areas of the hospital not usually seen.
  • Providing company for patients by playing cards, working on crafts, reading aloud, or just being a good listener.
  • Assisting staff with conferences and special events.
  • Providing clerical support to various departments.

Departmental Program

After completing a a minimum of 125 service hours in the Special Services Program, based on your skills, qualifications and availability, you will become eligible to apply for a department-specific opportunity within the Medical Center. A volunteer's interest must meet the needs of the Medical Center, i.e., a volunteer may desire a clinical position in a certain department, but that department may not need or desire the services of volunteers. Following the completion of your required hours, the Volunteer Office is not obligated to place you in a department. It is considered a privilege, not a right, to earn placement in another department.

Who volunteers at Rush?

Rush volunteers come from all walks of life, including:

  • Young people volunteering as part of their education.
  • High school and college students exploring the health care industry.
  • Professionals who want to be involved in their community.
  • Companies that share their employees' time and expertise.
  • Retirees who want to meet new people, help others and stay active.
  • People who want to make a difference — like you!

Volunteer Today!

Volunteers augment Rush's goal to maintain a strong commitment to the community and to provide the very best care for patients. Not having volunteers would be a great loss to Rush and the patient experience, so get involved today! To learn more about volunteer opportunities, register for an orientation by calling (312) 942-5574.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
Volunteer Services
Phone: (312) 942-5574
Fax: (312) 942-5806
Email: volunteer_services@rush.edu


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