Volunteer Services

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Loyola University Health System!

Every day, volunteers work to enhance the patient experience at Loyola University Health System. Volunteers work 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. Our volunteer program builds meaningful connections, caring relationships, positive engagement between volunteers, patients, families and staff and promotes the importance of a positive and engaged patient experience.

Why Volunteer at Loyola University Health System?

Volunteers receive many benefits by donating their time to Loyola:

  • Opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills
  • Invitation to attend special events, including the employee and volunteer picnic
  • Recognition at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Free health screening and annual flu shot
  • A $5 meal voucher for every four-hour shift
  • Discount on items in the hospital gift shop
  • Free parking during your volunteer shift
  • Letter of recommendation after 104 hours of service, or 60 hours for Junior Volunteers
  • Opportunity to gain clinical and non-clinical exposure in a healthcare setting

Consider becoming a volunteer at Loyola University Health System. Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering an average of four hours per week for at least six months. Volunteer services are performed throughout the day during morning, afternoon and evening shifts.

Join our volunteer team today!                                                        

To join our teams of volunteers please apply online through the adult program or college program. We are not accepting Junior Volunteers at this time.

Adult Volunteers

We are excited you have chosen Loyola University Health System as a volunteer placement! Our organization values volunteer service and strives to provide a rewarding and challenging experience to those who volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities exist in a variety of areas throughout the medical center. Volunteer opportunities include emergency department patient support, pediatrics child life assistants, inpatient friendly visitors, guest relations, wayfinders, pet therapy and many more. Learn more about our current volunteer opportunities.

Are you ready to brighten the lives of our patients and families? Below you will find information about our volunteer screening process. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns while completing the process.

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering at Loyola!

Volunteer Screening Process

To ensure the safety of our patients and families, there are certain requirements that we ask each volunteer to meet in order to volunteer at Loyola University Health System. These requirements are set in place for your protection as well as for the protection of our patients, visitors and staff. Each requirement must be met before your first day of volunteering.

  1. Application Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Interview – All volunteers will meet with the volunteer services staff to discuss interests, complete paperwork and determine potential placement.
  3. References – All volunteers will need to have two reference forms completed by non-relatives. Download the volunteer reference form.
  4. Background Check – All volunteers 18 and over will participate in a criminal background check.
  5. Health Screening and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine – All volunteers will need to participate in a health screening at LUHS, provided at no cost.
  6. Orientation – After successful completion of the above steps, volunteers will be provided with instructions for completing the volunteer orientation and quiz.

College Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Loyola University Health System. We are excited that you have chosen us for a possible volunteer placement.

Volunteer opportunities exist in a variety of areas throughout the medical center. Volunteer opportunities include emergency department patient support, pediatrics child life assistants, inpatient friendly visitors, guest relations, wayfinders, and many more. Learn more about our current volunteer opportunities.

The College Volunteer Program is divided into three sessions (Winter, Summer and Fall). These sessions generally follow the times of a normal college semester. Students are accepted into the program after a successful completion of an interview with the Volunteer Services Department, the completion of paperwork, which includes a background check, and completion of an online volunteer orientation packet.

Students are required to commit to a minimum of two sessions (eight months). The weekly commitment is one day a week for 4 hours on a set schedule. Volunteers are placed in a single position for both volunteer sessions, but schedules may change for the second session if needed. We make every effort to place students in an area they are interested in, but placement is dependent upon the number of openings and number of students applying.

Volunteer Program Sessions

Start and end dates will vary but, in general, the session follows the normal college semester.

Winter - January through the end of April
Summer - May through the end of August
Fall - September through the end of December

Deadlines for Applications

Given the lengthy screening process, volunteers must complete the application before the deadlines listed below. Applicants applying after the deadline are not guaranteed a placement for that semester.

Winter Session ~ December 1st
Summer Session ~ April 15th
Fall Session ~ September 1st

Volunteer Screening Process

To ensure the safety of our patients and families, there are certain requirements that we ask each volunteer to meet in order to volunteer at Loyola University Health System. These requirements are set in place for your protection as well as for the protection of our patients, visitors and staff. Each requirement must be met before your first day of volunteering.

  1. Application – Complete and submit the online Volunteer Application.
  2. Interview – All volunteers will meet with the volunteer services staff to discuss interests, complete paperwork and determine potential placement.
  3. References – All volunteers will need to have two reference forms completed by non-relatives. Download the volunteer reference form.
  4. Background Check – All volunteers 18 and over will participate in a criminal background check.
  5. Health Screening and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine – All volunteers participate in a health screening at LUHS, provided at no cost.
  6. Orientation – After successful completion of the above steps, volunteers will be provided with instructions for completing the volunteer orientation and quiz.
  7. Uniform and Volunteer ID Badge – Volunteers will be provided a uniform that distinguishes them as part of the volunteer team. Each volunteer receives a hospital-issued identification badge to wear at all times.

Junior Volunteers

We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. Thank you for your interest in our Junior Volunteer Program. We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2018 this fall.

Trying to decide if healthcare is the right field for you? Do you want to learn new skills and enhance your resume while helping others? Join our team of Junior Volunteers!

Loyola’s junior volunteer program allows students to perform meaningful activities. Dedicated healthcare professionals serve as role models for professional behavior, supervise students and set standards that encourage students to grow through community involvement and service.

Junior Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and commit to 60 hours of service per year, same days and times each week for consecutive weeks. Junior volunteers also are accepted on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year for weekends, depending on their availability and the current volunteer needs. Due to the limited space for Junior Volunteers, we are only able to accept the strongest applicants.

Junior Volunteer Program Requirements

The Summer Junior Volunteer Program runs from the beginning of summer vacation to the middle of August. Junior Volunteers must be able to make an eight-week commitment and be able to make up absences (absences should not exceed two). Junior Volunteers must be able to commit to two 4-hour shifts per week, same days and times each week. Junior Volunteers must be ages 16-18 years old and attending high school.

To ensure the safety of our patients and families, all volunteers must participate in a screening process including:

  • Parental permission
  • Completed application
  • Personal interview
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Criminal background check (provided at no cost)
  • Health screening and drug test (provided at no cost)
  • Agree to receive a seasonal flu vaccination (provided at no cost)
We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. Thank you for your interest in our Junior Volunteer Program. We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2018 this fall.

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Loyola Medicine takes pride in our partnership with patients and their family members through the Patient and Family Advisory Council. The council is a key committee that works with administrative, nursing and medical staff to promote and enhance patient- and family-centered care throughout our organization.

The Patient and Family Advisory Council enriches the partnership between patients, families and hospital leadership. The council’s monthly meetings are an opportunity to discuss important issues and learn from guest presentations and participate in special projects and committees. 

The council works in a supportive, trustworthy and confidential environment in which members share personal perspectives while appreciating other points of view. Members are encouraged to listen and ask questions and to show concern for more than one issue. They are empowered to:

  • Partner with hospital staff and guest presenters to bring about meaningful change.
  • Request presentations on topics of interest.
  • Provide the perspective of patients and their families.
  • Share suggestions and offer solutions to improve patient care and enhance the experience of patients, families and other guests.
  • Plan and enhance education and support services for patients and their families.

If you are interested in joining, please complete the online form

We appreciate your interest and invite you to learn more about Loyola’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. For more information, you are welcome to contact Sara Schad, manager of patient and volunteer engagement, at 708-216-5398 or Sara.Schad@luhs.org.

Contact Us

Sara Schad
Manager, Patient and Volunteer Engagement
708-216-5398
Sara.Schad@luhs.org