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
Surgery Waiting Lounge
Radiology Waiting Room
Emergency Department
Greeters
Office Support
Forefront Stitchers
Donate Blood
Internships

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.

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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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Surgery Waiting Lounge

Families waiting for news of a loved one's surgery are often anxious. Volunteers in the Surgery Waiting Lounge help soothe tattered nerves and provide other assistance to patients' families.

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Radiology Waiting Room

Volunteers provide comfort and assistance to patients and families in the radiology patient waiting area, 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. The Radiology Waiting Room is looking for individuals available on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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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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Volunteer Greeters

A high profile position that supports the Guest Services Department, volunteer greeters are responsible for providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for patients and visitors as they enter the medical center. Volunteer greeters are stationed at each entrance, ready with a smile to address questions and take visitors to their destination.

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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.

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Forefront Stitchers

The Forefront Stitchers knit, crochet and stitch items for patients at the University of Chicago Medicine. They make caps for cancer patients of all ages and for other patients who have hair loss caused by a medical condition. They also make prayer/healing shawls and lap blankets for cancer patients, and for women who have been admitted to the hospital with high-risk pregnancies. Additionally, the Forefront Stitchers make blankets and caps for babies in the intensive care nursery.
» Learn how you can help the Forefront Stitchers

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Donate Blood

The need for blood affects us all. Nine out of every 10 people will need blood at some point in their life and a constant supply of blood is necessary for the life-saving treatments needed by many patients here at the University of Chicago Medicine. Donating blood is a simple, meaningful way to help support our patients.

In order to donate blood, you must be feeling well and have eaten a meal before your donation. The donation process takes under an hour, including a confidential health screening and blood collection. Juice and snacks are available after your donation, and a food court voucher or parking validation is our small way of saying thanks for your generosity.

Donating blood saves lives. Please call the donor room at (773) 702-6247 for more information or to make an appointment, or come to room 5G in the Center for Advanced Medicine for your donation. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all other weekdays.

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Internships

If you are interested in completing an internship with a specific department or physician, please search our website for departments and physicians and contact them to request opportunities. At this time, the Volunteer Services Department does not have a complete list of internship opportunities that are available.

After you have secured an internship, the Volunteer Services Department will process your paperwork to ensure that you are compliant with federal standards of health, safety, infection control, and patient privacy. Please have your internship supervisor visit the Volunteer Services office to get you started.

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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
Email: GivetoMedicine@bsd.uchicago.edu

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