Effective March 11, we are no longer onboarding new volunteers until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. We are advised this could last up to three months or longer. Please check back periodically on the status of the situation. The information below is provided to give you general information about what is involved in becoming a hospital volunteer.
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:
Family Life Center (FLC)
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?
Complete the application for the program you're interested in.
Attend an Information Session, if applicable.
Complete a candidate screening, which includes:
Health Clearance & Background Check
Assignment specific training
Once you complete your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation email with next steps.
How Do I Apply?
Effective March 11, we are no longer onboarding new volunteers until further notice due to Covid-19 concerns. We encourage you to check back periodically on the status of the situation.
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.
For any additional questions about volunteer opportunities at Lurie Children's, call 312.227.3388.