The Volunteer Department provides hospital departments with dependable, dedicated, friendly and trained volunteer staff to assist hospital staff with serving patients, their families and visitors.

The hospital’s volunteer program is committed to supporting our patients, families, and staff and the entire Cook County community.

Volunteer Resources provides hospital departments with dependable and qualified volunteers to enhance our mission.

Please review the Volunteer Handbook for more information regarding our volunteer policies and practices.

Become a Volunteer

Because of the nature of care being delivered at the hospital, all volunteers are carefully screened and placed into appropriate assignments, and each volunteer must adhere to standard policies and procedures. The placement process includes:

  • Criminal background check
  • Health & immunization screening
  • Individual interview

This process is designed to ensure the safety and well-being of patients and families, as well as the confidence and success of volunteers.  Depending on their availability, volunteers commit to the weekday, evening/weekend, or summer program.


  • At least 16 years old
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass an employee health screening
  • Read and agree to a confidentiality code
  • Adhere to the hospital dress code


Department of Volunteer Services
1901 West Harrison Street, Room LL255
Chicago, Illinois 60612


For information or if you would like to become a volunteer at Cook County Health call (312) 864-0383 or apply online with Cook County Health’s Volunteer Application Form.

Have a question? Contact Sheila Tucker at (312) 864-0387 or