I want to volunteer at Rush. What do I do? What positions are available?
To volunteer, call (312) 942-5574. You'll be asked to register for a high school or college/adult orientation. Provide Volunteer Services with your name, telephone number and a date best suited to your schedule.
What happens at an orientation?
You will meet a Volunteer Services coordinator and complete an application and other necessary paperwork. You will hear about opportunities and procedures at Rush and be instructed to follow up with a two-step TB (tuberculosis) screen test.
Where do volunteers work?
Volunteers' home base is in the Volunteer Services office, but they serve the entire hospital with a variety of activities.
Can I be a volunteer on the weekends?
No, currently all volunteer opportunities are completed on-site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Is there a time commitment?
Yes, most positions require a minimum commitment. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of 40 hours for high school students; and 125 hours for college students and adults.
Is a police check required?
This depends on the position you are applying for. In general, most positions do not require a police check. You will be asked on your application if you have a felony record.
Do you have opportunities for high school students?
Absolutely. High school orientations are usually held once a month, but don't forget you must make a commitment of a minimum 40 hours.
Is there a minimum age for a volunteer?
Yes, we accept high school students (age 14 or older) as Special Service volunteers, but you must be 18 or older to work directly with patients.
Do you accept college and/or university students for placements?
Yes, we welcome all college or university student volunteers, but there may be restrictions regarding placements related to a school program.
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?
In addition to ongoing informal recognition, Rush has a number of awards for outstanding service. References are provided for volunteers completing minimum requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
Phone: (312) 942-5574
Fax: (312) 942-5806