Become a Hospital Volunteer

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of our patients and families. For interested individuals who are able to make a weekly or ongoing commitment, hospital volunteering may be a great fit! Learn more about the volunteer programs available to determine which one is right for you, then follow the steps outlined further down on this page to get started. 

What Is the Role of a Hospital Volunteer?

Volunteers are incorporated throughout the hospital and its outpatient centers in a wide variety of roles, from greeting families and guests as they make their way through the building to play-based roles with patients and siblings. The Volunteer Resources staff will work with you to determine an appropriate volunteer assignment based on the needs of the hospital, and your interests and experience. Our screening and placement process ensures the safety and well-being of patients and families as well as the confidence and success of volunteers. 

Below are our primary assignment categories. Specific openings and needs in each area change frequently: 

  • Hospitality Roles 
    • Concierge 
    • Greeter Stations 
    • Gift Shop
    • Pre/Post Surgery
  • Play-Based Roles 
    • Outpatient Clinics 
    • Family Life Center (FLC) 
    • Inpatient Units 
  • Specialized Roles 
    • Licensed Hairstylists 
    • Film & Production 
    • Licensed Massage Therapists

What Are the Requirements?

  • All volunteers must be 18 years or older (unless applying to summer-only programs).
  • All hospital volunteers must commit to a weekly volunteer schedule. Most shifts require a commitment to the same day and time each week for six months to one year.
  • All applicants must complete a health clearance and background check. (Any expenses incurred to complete the health clearance are the responsibility of the applicant.)
  • Volunteers are asked to pay a $20 fee for their hospital uniform and ID.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to use public transportation if possible, but will have access to the parking garages. Validated parking for volunteers will be the same price as families and visitors of the hospital. 

In cases of financial hardship, candidates may work with our staff to seek affordable solutions.

What Are the Steps to Get Started?

  1. Complete the online questionnaire that corresponds with the program you'd like to apply for. You can find the questionnaires here.
  2. Attend an Information Session, if applicable. 
  3. Complete a candidate screening, which includes:
    • An Interview
    • Health Clearance & Background Check
    • Volunteer Orientation
    • Assignment specific training

Once you complete your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation email with next steps.

How Do I Apply?

Review our programs and complete the online questionnaire that is the best match for your schedule, location needs and/or school status.

Volunteer FAQs

Q: What is the time commitment for hospital volunteers?

A: The hospital depends on reliable and dedicated volunteers. There is a minimum commitment of six (6) consecutive months or one-year, depending on the program. Volunteer shifts are typically 2-3 hours long, once per week.

Q: I am in the process of looking for a job and my schedule is flexible right now, can I begin volunteering?

A: We request that you wait to apply to volunteer until you have a clear idea of your long-term availability and can determine whether volunteering will fit into your schedule.

Q: Is there a waiting list for volunteering at the hospital?

A: Volunteers who are limited to evenings and weekends may wait several months before beginning to volunteer. Those who have weekday hours available can usually begin sooner, pending completion of the interview and screening process.

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?

A: 16 is the minimum age; most opportunities for high school students are during the summer program.

Contact Us

For any additional questions about volunteer opportunities at Lurie Children's, call 312.227.3388.