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Opportunities to learn and grow while helping others make Rush University Medical Center a great place to volunteer. Volunteers play a key role in supporting our commitment to the community and excellent patient care.

Join our 600 volunteers

More than 600 people from throughout Chicago and the suburbs choose to volunteer at Rush — and new volunteers are always welcome. Rush volunteers include the following:

  • High school and college students exploring the health care industry
  • Professionals seeking to serve their community
  • Companies sharing their employees' time and expertise
  • Retirees interested in meeting new people and staying active
  • People who want to make a difference — like you!

Special Services volunteers 

New volunteers initially serve in our Special Services Program. Spending time in Special Services helps you get to know the Medical Center and how it works. Special Services volunteers help Rush in many ways:

  • Greet and provide wheelchair transport to patients being admitted or discharged
  • Deliver flowers, mail, water and crafts
  • Cheer patients by playing cards or working on crafts together, reading aloud, or just being a good listener
  • Assist staff with conferences and special events
  • Conduct tours for schools, community and professional groups
  • Provide clerical support

Departmental volunteers

Volunteers work throughout the Medical Center in almost every department performing a variety of nonclinical services. Each department determines the availability of its volunteer positions according to its needs. You can apply for a department-specific volunteer opportunity after logging 125 hours with Special Services.

Register for orientation

It’s easy to get started as a Rush volunteer. Simply call (312) 942-5574 to register for a volunteer orientation.

Contact us

For an appointment or more information, please contact us:

Volunteer Services

Phone: (312) 942-5574
Fax: (312) 942-5806

Questions about volunteering?

You’ll find answers to many common questions about volunteering in our Volunteer FAQs.