Adopt-a-Family Program

Adopt-a-Family Program

Join us as we extend our family circle here at Rush University Medical Center to help make the holiday season brighter for families in communities we serve.

Join us as we extend our family circle here at Rush University Medical Center to help make the holiday season brighter for families in communities we serve.

Adopt a Family 2020

Adopt-a-Family 2022

As an anchor institution, RUSH is committed to advancing health and economic vitality for our West Side neighborhoods. As part of this commitment and to ensure the holidays are bright for everyone, the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement coordinates the Adopt-a-Family program (AAF). Through this program, RUSH partners with West Side nonprofits, service agencies and churches in order to connect our employees and outside organizations with families who are experiencing hardship. Most of the families that participate live at 200% or more below the poverty line and some experience homelessness, and our AAF program is one important way we can support and provide resources.

Santa delivering presents
Adopt-a-Family volunteer delivering presents

RUSH 2022 Adopt-a-Family Applications Open on Oct. 3, 2022

How the program works

  • Choose how many people you want to support (family size ranges from 1-8). Families range in size from a single disabled person, parents or single parent or grandparent with one child to families with multiple children.
  • You will receive the family's wish list, profile and guidelines via email.
  • Shop safely for your family until Dec. 9. All gifts should be individually wrapped and labeled.
  • Purchased gifts must be delivered to the RUSH University Medical Center campus (Brennan Pavilion) during distribution days in December. The gift delivery date will be provided along with your family profile.

Use the button below to Adopt-a-Family.

Adopt-a-Family

Support Families Another Way

You can donate to the program. Every adopted family will receive a box of food. During the pandemic our communities have been hard hit and your donation will help to add food items to the food box. Extending a family's food security is an incredibly important and wonderful way to help us continue to make an impact in the neighborhoods we serve. Donations will also benefit families who were not directly adopted for the holidays.

Use the button below to donate / extend our Top Box efforts and help make our families' holiday season even more special.

Donate a Food Box

Are You a RUSH Employee?

We are also committed to serving our internal RUSH employees, which we define as our first community. For the fifth consecutive year, Rush employees who experience hardship during the holiday season have the opportunity to be adopted. To learn more about the Adopt-a-(RUSH) Family (AARF) program and how to apply, please contact the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement at AAF@Rush.edu.

Contact Us

Please contact the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement at AAF@Rush.edu if you have any questions.