I want to volunteer at Rush. What do I do?
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, email address and a date best suited to your schedule..
What happens at an orientation?
You will meet the Lead Volunteer Coordinator and complete the necessary paperwork. You will receive information about Rush history, volunteer responsibilities and policy and procedures. This will help you decide if Rush is the right volunteer opportunity for you. Instructions will be given on how to proceed with the process which includes a two-step TB (tuberculosis) screen test and mandatory quizzes.
Where do volunteers work?
Volunteers' home base is in the Volunteer Services office, but they serve the entire medical center with a variety of general non-clinical activities.
Can I be a volunteer on the weekends?
No, currently all volunteer opportunities are completed on-site from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Is there a time commitment?
Yes, most positions require a minimum commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week. We ask that volunteers make an overall commitment of 125 hours per year.
Do you have opportunities for high school students?
Absolutely. High school orientations are held once a month, but don't forget you must make a commitment of 125 hours. The volunteer department is open Monday – Friday from 8:30am-6pm so your service hours must take place during these times.
Is there a minimum age for a volunteer?
Yes, we accept high school students (age 14 or older) as general, non-clinical, Special Service volunteers.
Do you accept college and/or university students for placements?
Yes, we welcome all college or university students. Internships and externships are not available through volunteer services, you must secure them on your own.
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, all volunteers are invited to an annual volunteer recognition dinner where a number of awards for outstanding service are presented.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
Phone: (312) 942-5574
Fax: (312) 942-5806