The Rush Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) supports volunteer activities that enhance and serve the communities where Rush employees work and live. As an anchor institution on Chicago's West Side, Rush has made a highly visible commitment to working closely with the communities near Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital to address social conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes for residents. Part of our Anchor Mission Strategy includes providing a way for Rush employees to volunteer in these communities.
Employee Volunteer Program Benefits
This program creates service and community engagement opportunities that are meaningful, purposeful and help those in need to align with our organizational strategy and Community Health Implementation Plan. We specifically seek to address issues that improve health, well-being and quality of life for our neighbors, and to provide volunteer opportunities that enrich and inspire our employees.
Benefits of the EVP include the following:
- Providing needed services in our neighboring communities
- Helping employees become more familiar with these communities and their residents
- Strengthening Rush's culture of giving back
- Boosting employee engagement and retention
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
COVID-19 volunteer opportunities:
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The Medical Center and Rush Oak Park are offering virtual and in-person opportunities for employees who wish to volunteer in the community as part of the response to COVID-19. A small act of volunteering, especially in these challenging times, can make a world of difference.
The following groups of volunteers are needed:
- Phone support: Call patients and connect them to resources (Training via Zoom is available.)
- Food distribution: Distribute food at West Side pantries
- Food delivery: Deliver meals to community residents with Top Box
To sign up, visit: bit.ly/COVID19Volunteering.
Volunteer Opportunity Highlight
Watch the video from Rush's Day of Service last year.
Rush's Day of Service began with a group of volunteers packing health and wellness bags in the Atrium - Ground Floor (1650 W. Harrison) to be delivered to one of seven community-based organizations serving the West Side.
Volunteer activities included the following:
- Cleaning offices and shared spaces
- Organizing files
- Sharing resources with community members using Now Pow
- Organizing/purging clothing for boutiques (for the homeless population)
- Creating sockems (a sensory comfort toy) for youth experiencing mental health challenges
- Playing bingo with seniors and serving lunch
Volunteer Experience Feedback
Read a blog from a Rush volunteer's life-changing experience at Chicago Youth Center, one of our community-based organizations we visited, and how it changed her perspective on serving and how she shows up in the world.