Volunteering at a Northwestern Medicine hospital gives you an opportunity to use your talents and abilities to make a real impact in your community.

Every day, Northwestern Medicine volunteers touch the lives of patients, families and other visitors. A friendly smile, a helpful hand and a warm heart can make a real difference in the experience people have when they are in the hospital or receiving care.

Reasons to volunteer

While your generous gift of time helps other feel relaxed and welcome, it also benefits you in many ways. Northwestern Medicine volunteers have the opportunity to:

  • Build self-esteem
  • Discover new interests
  • Feel valued and needed
  • Gain new perspectives and experiences
  • Learn additional skills
  • Meet new people
  • Share your talents with others

Along with the many personal benefits, Northwestern Medicine volunteers also receive free annual flu vaccines, invitations to events, discounts at participating retailers.


What are you interested in doing? Northwestern Medicine volunteers provide many services—from mail and newspaper delivery to staff support, directional services and gift shops. Volunteers also make more than 8,000 hats each year for hospital newborns, and they knit lap shawls for palliative care patients and baby blankets for NICU babies.

Whatever your interest, you’ll find a wide range of volunteer opportunities in nearly every area of the Northwestern Medicine network.