Become a Volunteer

Volunteers with a PatientBecause of the nature of the care delivered at the hospital, all volunteers are carefully screened and placed into appropriate assignments, and each volunteer must adhere to standard policies and procedures. The placement process includes:

  • Criminal background check
  • Health and immunization record review
  • Individual interview​

This process is designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients and families, as well as the confidence and success of volunteers.  Depending on their availability, volunteers commit to the weekday, evening, weekend or summer program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Weekdays

The weekday program has the largest number of opportunities. The minimum commitment for new volunteers is six months and one three-hour shift per week on the same day and at the same time each week. 

Volunteers must be 18 or older. This program is not intended for high school or full-time undergraduate or graduate college students. There are opportunities for high school students to volunteer during our summer program. There are opportunities for college students in our college program​.

Learn more about our weekday program.

College Student Program

The college student program is for current students in undergraduate and graduate programs at local Chicago area universities and colleges. The minimum commitment for new volunteers is one school year or 6 consecutive months. We ask for a commitment of one three-hour shift per week on the same day and at the same time each week.

If you are a college student who is just home for the summer please check out our summer-only program.

Evenings

Our evening program is very popular, and we currently have many people awaiting placement when positions open. A regular weekly shift is required for a minimum of one year. 

Volunteers must be 18 or older. This program is not intended for high school students. There are opportunities for high school students to volunteer during our summer program.

Learn more about our evening program.

Weekend Program

The weekend program requires a regular weekend shift for a minimum commitment of one year. Volunteers must be 18 or older. This program is not intended for high school students. There are opportunities for high school students to volunteer during our summer program.

Learn more about our weekend program. 

Outpatient Centers

Lurie Children's patients are treated at many locations other than the main hospital downtown where the need for volunteers vary throughout the year. The program at our outpatient centers requires a weekly commitment to a three hour shift during weekday daytime hours for at least six months. All of our outpatient center opportunities are during weekday mornings and afternoons only. This program is not for high school students.

Clinic volunteers interact with patients and siblings of all ages in busy outpatient waiting room areas. Activities include art projects, games and reading books. We appreciate your interest in volunteering at a satellite location.

Learn more about volunteering at other Lurie Children's locations.

Summer-Only Program

The summer-only program is for candidates who are only available to volunteer for the summer time between June and August. Volunteers must be 16 or older by June 1 to apply. Those who are selected will be asked to commit to 10 consecutive weeks between June and August of volunteering once a week for a regularly scheduled three hour shift.

Please note, the application period for Summer 2015 is now closed. Please check back soon for information about Summer 2016 applications.

Summer volunteering is very popular at Lurie Children’s! We are usually not able to provide positions for everyone who applies. From those who complete the application process by the deadline, we will randomly select candidates to be interviewed for placement. All applicants will be notified of their status by April 8, 2015.

More Information

View more descriptions of our volunteer opportunities throughout the hospital.​

Want to know more about our programs? See our frequently asked questions.

Disco​ver Which Opportunity Suits You Best

Not sure where to start? Try taking one of the quizzes below. Our hospital staff needs reliable and dedicated volunteers to ensure the best possible care for our patients and their families. WeTV’s 'What Kind of Volunteer Work Should You Do?' can help you determine what kind of volunteering is best suited for you and your schedule.​

Other Ways to Get Involved

Interested in a short-term opportunity? Explore some of the other ways to participate below:


New Friends Reflect on 113 Years of Volunteer Service

Jean Bensdorf and Founders' Board member Peggy Carr have served our patients and families in a variety of roles for years, but only recently did they become good friends.

Read their story.



Employee Health Immunization Record Requests

Need a copy of your health immunization records? Download the Employee Health Immunization Record Request form.