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 and Application

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

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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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Animal Handler Volunteers

Northwestern Medicine invites volunteers and their animals, who are qualified through an approved therapy animal organization, to engage in patient and staff visits at our various facilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Volunteer Newsletter Archive

Read past issues of the Northwestern Medicine volunteer services newsletter.

Community Initiatives

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