Most volunteers at Loyola Medicine come to us seeking the unique fulfillment that arises from serving others and learning new skills. Volunteers work each week to support patients and their families as well as visitors and staff throughout our health system. Loyola’s volunteers are valued partners who play a vital role in helping to provide important services for our patients. They add a unique and personal dimension to fulfilling our mission in treating the human spirit.
Opportunities exist in a variety of areas. Every effort is made to place a volunteer in their area of interest. Volunteer program opportunities include (but are not limited to):
- Cancer registry data collection — Assist in the vital collection of cancer diagnosis and treatment data.
- Clerical office duties — Assist various departments with invaluable day-to-day contributions such as of data-entry, filing and answering phones.
- Emergency department patient support volunteer — Provide staff support and assist in the comfort and care of family members in the ED waiting room.
- Escort services — Welcome and escort patients and visitors to their destinations.
- Gift shop — Help patients, visitors and staff with purchases and merchandising. Bring smiles and comfort with room deliveries.
- Patient host — Deliver newspapers, mail, flowers and gifts to patients who cannot leave their rooms.
- Waiting room support — Support and inform families waiting for a patient in various clinic and lab areas.
Loyola’s junior volunteer summer program is a structured and supervised program that allows students to perform meaningful activities in the service of others. Through a series of service rotations in various healthcare environments, dedicated adult professionals serve as role models for professional behavior, supervise students and set standards that encourage students to grow in community involvement and service.
Junior volunteers must be at least 16 years old and must commit to 60 hours of service per year. The program begins with a four-hour orientation session in April and continues on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays for 12 weeks from June through August.
Students may commit to additional service hours and continue volunteering after the summer program ends. Junior volunteers also are accepted on a rolling admissions basis for after school and holiday break assignments.
Junior Volunteer Program Requirements
- Parental permission
- Completed application and two recommendation letters
- Criminal background check (provided at no cost)
- Pass health-screening tests for tuberculosis and illegal drugs, and receive a seasonal flu vaccination (all provided at no cost)
Become a Loyola Volunteer Partner
Consider becoming a volunteer at Loyola. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 104 hours per year in a volunteer assignment and attend a four-hour orientation program. Volunteer services are performed throughout the day during morning, afternoon and evening shifts, generally Monday through Friday.
Volunteer candidates must complete an application and personal interview, submit to a criminal background check (provided at no cost), pass health-screening tests for tuberculosis and illegal drugs and receive a seasonal flu vaccination (all provided at no cost).
If you are interested in becoming a Loyola volunteer, please call our volunteer services coordinator at 708-216-3794. You will be asked to leave your name and phone number. One of our staff will contact you to discuss your interest.