Volunteer at Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital

Volunteer at Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital

Volunteer at Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital

Women, men and teen volunteers play an important role in our community, providing friendly neighbor-to-neighbor interactions with our patients and visitors. These interactions help put patients and family members at ease and make them feel comfortable and cared for. In addition, volunteers perform tasks that allow our staff more time to provide patient care.

Apply to be a Kishwaukee Hospital or Cancer Center Volunteer

Apply to be a Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb Volunteer

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Opportunities

Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb welcomes volunteers from high school age through retirement. Besides the hospital, volunteers also serve at the Cancer Center and Physical Therapy Center.

What you need to know to be a Kishwaukee Hospital volunteer:

  • Most shifts are three hours and an effort is made to match the volunteer’s skills to their assignment.
  • Volunteers serve at the reception desk in the main lobby and Surgical Services.
  • Volunteers escort patients and deliver newspapers to patient rooms.
  • Volunteers round on patients in their rooms, answering questions and addressing concerns.
  • Volunteers help with clerical duties in other departments.
  • Volunteers help with mailings.
  • Volunteers staff the Green Leaf Gift Shop
  • Volunteers read to children at the Center for Family Health clinics at DeKalb County Health Department
  • Volunteers with certified therapy dogs visit patients as a part of the Healing Paws volunteer service.

TAGS (Teen Age Group Service)

  • Deadline to submit application for the following school year is May 1.
  • Interviews are scheduled with the future TAGS volunteer and a parent/guardian.
  • Orientation and two training sessions required.

Healing Paws

Dogs must be certified and at least 2 years old. Kishwaukee Hospital’s therapy dogs and their handlers are specially trained through Therapy Dogs International, Inc. and Pet Partners, which are volunteer organizations dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for visiting nursing homes, hospitals, and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.

Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Opportunities

At Valley West Hospital we know people in our community have talents we can use, and that there is a place here for them to become a volunteer, you must be an Auxiliary member and attend a new volunteer orientation.

Valley West Hospital volunteers:

  • Help with fundraisers throughout the year
  • Help with hospital events.
  • Help with blood drives and immunization clinics.
  • Serve at the reception desk
  • Work in the Gift Shop
  • Sort mail and perform clerical tasks

Northwestern Medicine Hospice Opportunities

Hospice volunteers fill a vital role in Northwestern Medicine Hospice’s mission to care for patients and families facing the end of life, and to support grieving family and community members. By sharing their time, energy and talents, our volunteers help patients and families live life to the fullest.

Some of the many services that Northwestern Medicine Hospice volunteers provide include:

Direct Care Volunteers

  • Being a comforting and supportive presence
  • Respite care so caregivers/family can have a much-needed break
  • Companionship
  • Light housekeeping/help with meal preparation
  • Running errands
  • Reading to patients
  • Engaging in the patient’s hobbies

Indirect Care Volunteers

  • Administrative tasks
  • Fundraising activities
  • Special projects
  • Baking
  • Sewing
  • Community events

Volunteers are never asked to do something that they are not comfortable doing. Individuals who wish to work directly with patients and families must complete a volunteer training series that is offered several times throughout the year.

Apply to be a Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb Volunteer