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Ways to Volunteer


The following are a few examples of our volunteer program opportunities at the University of Chicago Medicine and at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

TLC Patient Visitors (Tender Loving Care Program)
Playroom
Baby Cuddling
Pediatric Emergency Department
Surgery Waiting Rooms
Adult Emergency Department
Patient Experience Volunteers at the Center for Advanced Care in Orland Park
Office Support
Donate Blood

TLC Patient Visitors (Tender Loving Care Program)

Volunteers are welcome visitors for patients in the adult inpatient units. Whether reading aloud, playing cards, chatting, or providing support, visits from volunteers encourage healing and ease the patient's hospital stay. TLC volunteers also deliver books, magazines and mail to patients.

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Playroom

At Comer Children’s Hospital, children enjoy playing games with volunteers. Playful activities offer kids a safe and fun escape from illness, tests and treatments. When a child is too ill to leave the hospital room, volunteers bring toys and games to the child's bedside.

Playroom shifts are:
Monday - Thursday

  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday

  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 1 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

  • 1 - 4:30 p.m.

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Baby Cuddling

After completing 40 hours of service in the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital Playroom and receiving a recommendation from staff, volunteers can cuddle babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to provide comfort and aid in their development. Volunteer baby cuddlers must be 18 years of age or older.

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Pediatric Emergency Department

Volunteering in the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) allows you to gain experience working with children of all ages. Volunteers in the ED help to provide activities (toys, coloring sheets, etc.) to patients and their families in the waiting room and the exam rooms. Ongoing responsibilities include cleaning toys, making copies of coloring sheets, and doing bedsides with patients in the exam rooms. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of service prior to joining this program.

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Surgery Waiting Rooms

Volunteers provide comfort and assistance to patients and families in waiting rooms, as well as aid in the operational flow of the area by directing phone calls and traffic, and escorting individuals to where they need to go. Waiting rooms are looking for volunteers available between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Adult Emergency Department

Volunteers assist staff in preparing patient rooms, stocking supplies, and keeping the emergency room areas safe and welcome. Volunteers are also crucial visitors who provide patients with extra attention. The staff of the ER may give extra duties to volunteers who have demonstrated initiative and earned trust. These duties do not include direct medical contact with patients but may include, with physician consent, the observation of procedures conducted in the Emergency Department. Emergency Department volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

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Patient Experience Volunteers at the Center for Advanced Care in Orland Park

A high profile position that enhances our patient experience, volunteers are responsible for providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for patients and visitors as they visit the Center for Advanced Care in Orland Park. Volunteers are stationed in our lobby and clinic areas, ready with a smile to address questions and take visitors to their destination. Volunteers can come in for a four-hour shift Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Office Support

Volunteers provide office support such as typing, computer entry and filing. Their assistance makes an invaluable contribution to the University of Chicago Medicine's day-to-day activities. Volunteers must be able to come in during the weekday between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Donate Blood

At the University of Chicago Medicine Blood Donation Center, you may be able to help some of our patients by donating the blood or platelets they need to recover. You may even be able to donate directly to a family or friend in need of a blood transfusion.

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Other Ways to Help

Many of our programs rely on donated items from our community. We are continuously accepting books, magazines, and board games that are in good condition. Please contact our main office at 773-702-4421.

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Contact Us

To Make a Gift
Medicine & Biological Sciences
Development Office
5801 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-6565

To Volunteer
Volunteer Services
5700 S. Maryland Avenue
Room 1-340, MC 8047
Phone: (773) 702-4421

To Give Blood
Blood Donor Room
Phone: (773) 702-6247