Volunteer Services

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

For more than a century, we have provided volunteer support services to patients and their loved ones. Our program offers diverse opportunities to support inpatient and outpatient care. We are always looking for enthusiastic, friendly, compassionate and committed people, 15 years and older, of many backgrounds to join the volunteer team.

Located in historic Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village on Chicago's near northwest side, Volunteer Services can provide the opportunity for you to apply your skills, knowledge, and time to assist patients and staff. Whether you are motivated to simply give back to the community, wanting to expose yourself to different health care careers, or seeking to distinguish yourself from your peers, you will find the perfect, rewarding volunteer opportunity.

Learn more about the requirements and expectations. Please download and complete the junior volunteer (15-17 years old) or adult volunteer applications and submit to volunteersme@reshealthcare.org.

For more information, please call us at 877-737-4636.

Volunteer Services
1127 North Oakley Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Phone: 312.770.3353

Open Volunteer Positions


Internship Opportunities


  • Annual recognition at Volunteer Luncheon
  • Daily meal voucher
  • Exposure to health care career opportunities
  • Exposure to various health care professionals
  • Free parking
  • Opportunity to give back to your community
  • Potential mentorship opportunities
  • Rewarding personal experience

Placement Procedures and Orientation

The Volunteer Services department collaborates with others throughout the hospital to regularly review needs for volunteers. Collectively, we review all applications and place volunteers in the appropriate departments based on needs and interest. Applicants are required to attend a brief orientation. At each orientation session, we explain our volunteer program, confirm availability, review interest and goals, as well as short- and long-term plans.

All applicants chosen to serve as volunteers will undergo a background check in conjunction with a third-party firm. Applicants are required to undergo a health screening, which is conducted by the Employee Health department. For more information about the health screening, visit the Requirements and Expectations section.

After background and health clearance, we will make an appointment with you to complete an online orientation. Orientation takes four to eight hours to complete. We kindly ask that you allot one day to complete the orientation.

After completing the online orientation, the manager from the department in which you will volunteer will contact you to schedule a department orientation and will also send a copy of your schedule to the Volunteer Services Department. If you are not contacted by your service department after one week, please do not hesitate to contact us at 312.770.3434.

Requirements and Expectations

Age Requirement

Any person over the age of 15 may serve as volunteer. Those between the ages of 15 and 17 will serve in the role of junior volunteers and will be required to complete the Junior Volunteer Services Application, which requires parental consent.

Dress Code

In maintaining our commitment to professionalism and providing patient-centered care, all volunteers must be well-groomed while on duty at the medical center. The following requirements are standard for all volunteers:

  • Approved volunteer smock must be worn at all times.
  • Hair should be neat and clean.
  • Make-up and jewelry should be worn in moderation.
  • Facial or tongue piercing is not permitted
  • Name badge must be worn at all times
  • Jeans, halter tops, t-shirts, stretch pants and open-toed shoes are prohibited.
  • Specific departments may have further guidelines based on nature of the work.

Pre-Screening Requirements

All volunteers are required to undergo a routine health screening and background check prior to a volunteer engagement. The attached Health Clearance Form must be completed by volunteer (top portion) and his/her physician (bottom portion).  If you have no record of vaccines or blood titers for immunity status to Measels, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox (or documented history of disease for chickenpox), these can be performed by Employee Health, along with TB screening. However, a physician’s signature is needed on the Health Clearance form stating that you are in good physical and mental health.

We will administer the TB test once you have been accepted as a volunteer. If the test is positive for TB, we will ask you to bring a copy of your most current X-ray report; we may require you to undergo additional screening. Please note that this additional screening is not included with your deposit or covered by Resurrection Health Care. Pertinent vaccination results can be submitted in lieu of required vaccinations.

Time and Tenure Commitment

We ask that all volunteers commit to a minimum of four hours of service each week for at least six months. We offer Summer volunteer opportunities to students.

If accepted as a SMEMC Volunteer, you will be asked to:

  • Pay an orientation fee to help defray the costs incurred by Resurrection Health Care for your orientation, pre-screening procedures, training and apparel. You may request a refund of this fee after completing your minimum time and tenure requirements.
  • Complete new Volunteer Orientation and complete additional on-the-job training.
  • Adhere to Resurrection Health Care's incoming volunteer medical and background pre-screening requirements.
  • Adhere to Resurrection Health Care's core values and mission.

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