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Volunteer Services

We are not accepting traditional volunteer applications at this time. We are only recruiting volunteers to serve in our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics or to serve on our Patient and Family Advisory Councils. Please visit our COVID-19 link to learn more about ways to support Loyola Medicine during these challenging times.

Why Volunteer at Loyola Medicine?

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
  • Free health screening and annual flu shot
  • Discount on items in the hospital gift shop
  • Free parking during your volunteer shift
  • Letter of reference after 104 hours of service, or 60 hours for Junior Volunteers
  • Opportunity to gain non-clinical exposure in a healthcare setting

Consider becoming a volunteer at Loyola Medicine. 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.


Sara Schad
Manager, Patient and Volunteer Engagement

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 for Gottlieb, MacNeal or Loyola University Medical Center.

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.

Vaccine Clinic Volunteers

As we continue responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-clinical volunteers are needed to provide critical support at our vaccine clinics throughout Loyola Medicine. Volunteers will enhance the patient experience by supporting patients, visitors and staff at the clinics. Vaccine clinic volunteers are asked to serve at least one 4-hour shift each week.

The following volunteer roles are available in the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

  • Greeters and Wayfinders
  • Post-Injection Observers

Volunteer Onboarding Process

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

  • online volunteer application
  • in-person or telephone interview
  • criminal background check (provided at no cost to volunteers)
  • updated health screening and seasonal flu shot (provided at no cost to volunteers)
  • volunteer orientation and training

Loyola University Chicago SSOM and MNSON Students

We understand that SSOM and MNSON students have already completed many of the steps outlined above. To expedite the volunteer onboarding process, we have an abbreviated volunteer onboarding process to help ensure the safety of our patients, colleagues and volunteers and meet regulatory requirements.

Please complete the Volunteer Enrollment Form for SSOM/ MNSON students. Upon completion of the Volunteer Enrollment Form, you will receive an automated email with instructions for how to view the brief Volunteer Orientation and COVID-19 Safety Training. This is mandatory for all volunteers.

All Other Volunteer Applicants

Please complete the Volunteer Application. Upon completion of the Volunteer Application, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Services Department to discuss the next steps