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

Volunteer Information

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Volunteer Requirements

All Northwestern Medicine volunteers must meet an age requirement, and pass background and immunization screenings.

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Apply to Volunteer

Fill out a volunteer application to use your time and talent to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Where to Volunteer

Northwestern Medicine offers volunteer opportunities at 15 locations across our health system.

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Volunteer Roles

Northwestern Medicine offers a variety of roles for volunteers with unique duties that make a difference for our patients.

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Summer Volunteer Service for Students

Northwestern Medicine welcomes teens and students annually for a summer-only volunteer service period.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about volunteer commitments and the onboarding process, and read answers to other frequently asked questions.

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Community Initiatives

Northwestern Medicine hospitals are committed to improving the health of their communities through education, support groups, charitable giving and more.