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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.

Tender Loving Care Program (TLC) Adult Inpatient Visitors
Comprehensive Cancer Center
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

Tender Loving Care Program (TLC) Adult Inpatient Visitors

At the Center for Care and Discovery and Mitchell Hospital, volunteers provide a helping hand to our patients, visitors, and staff. Volunteers round on our adult inpatient units, checking in with each patient to provide more comfort during their stay. Whether offering reading materials, comfort items, a listening ear, or support, visits from volunteers encourage healing and ease to our patients and families. Additionally, volunteers assist with requests from patients, staff, and visitors.
In addition to this volunteer role, we are looking for volunteers that have an interest in art or playing music for our patients.

Scheduling is flexible. The most need is during weekdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Comprehensive Cancer Center

Located in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, volunteers in our Comprehensive Cancer Center make a difference in our patients’ lives. Volunteers provide a healing and supportive environment to our patients waiting to receive care in our Hematology/Oncology and Infusion Therapy clinics. They offer patients and visitors with light refreshments, assist with directions, and escort them to their appointment. Additionally, volunteers assist staff with administrative tasks.
 
Volunteers must be able to come in during weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Playroom

At Comer Children’s Hospital, volunteers are paired up with a child patient in our Child Life playroom. The goal in the playroom is to provide development activities that a child would normally do outside of the hospital setting. Activities include reading, arts and crafts, and playing games. Playful activities offer our youngest patients a safe and fun escape from illness, tests and treatments. When a patient is unable to leave their hospital room, volunteers bring toys and games to the their bedside.

Volunteers must be able to volunteer during one of these set shifts.

Playroom shifts are:
Monday through Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday and Sunday

  • 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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Baby Cuddling

Volunteers can cuddle babies in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to provide comfort and aid in their development.

To be considered in this program, volunteers must:

  • Complete 40 hours of service in our children’s playroom
  • Receive recommendation from the Child Life and Volunteer Services staff
  • 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.

To be considered in this program, volunteers must:

  • Complete forty 40 hours of service in our children’s playroom
  • Receive recommendation from the Child Life and Volunteer Services staff
  • Be 18 years of age or older

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Surgery Waiting Rooms

Families waiting for news of a loved one's surgery are often anxious. Volunteers in the Surgery Waiting Room located in the Center for Care and Discovery’s Sky Lobby help soothe tattered nerves and provide other assistance to patients' families. Volunteer greeters and escorts are responsible for providing a welcoming atmosphere for patients and visitors as they enter the Surgery Waiting Room. Additionally, volunteers assist in light administrative tasks to help with the operational flow of the department. 



Volunteers must be able to volunteer during weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Adult Emergency Department

Volunteers round on patients admitted to the Emergency Department and in the waiting room. They offer a calming presence amidst their urgent situation, and go to each patient to offer company, support, magazines, and other comfort items. Volunteers also assist staff by taking the initiative to prepare patient rooms, restock supplies, and more. Volunteers must adjust to a dynamic environment by finding ways to contribute on both slow and fast-paced days. 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.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Scheduling is flexible.

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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.

You must be able to volunteer for at least four hours Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.

»Complete a volunteer application for our Orland Park location.

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Office Support

Volunteers provide administrative support in various departments within our medical center. Their assistance makes an invaluable contribution to the hospital’s daily operations. Tasks can include data entry, filing, office organization, and creating pre-operative patient materials.

Volunteers must be able to come in during weekdays between 9 a.m. to 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