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Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer at the Lurie Cancer Center, your time and efforts make an important difference in the lives of patients and their families.

Special Events & Administrative Support

Volunteers are needed for many of our special events, including public education and survivorship programs for patients and caregivers and professional education programs for clinicians.

These volunteers help with event set up, greeting guests, providing directions and assisting with check-in and registration. For most events, we ask volunteers to make a minimum time commitment of three hours.

Administrative volunteers are also needed to provide additional support for short-term projects. They help with word processing, copying and assembling folders for meetings and events and tasks requiring focus and organization in an office setting.


Patient Care Ambassadors

Our knowledgeable and warm volunteers welcome patients in the Lurie Cancer Center's outpatient Clinical Cancer Center on the 21st floor of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Galter Pavilion and in the Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care on the 4th floor of Prentice Women's Hospital.

Shifts are on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 20 years old and are asked to commit to at least six months of service with a minimum of four hours per week. They must pass a criminal background check, take an employee health screening, read and agree to a confidentiality code and adhere to the hospital dress code.

General responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with directions
  • Providing coffee and water
  • Escorting patients to waiting areas

Please be aware that volunteer application and onboarding process will take approximately four to six weeks. When completing your application, please specify "cancer center" as the volunteer opportunity type.


Patient & Family Advisory Board

The Patient & Family Advisory Board Program is based on the principles of Patient- and Family-Centered Care, which is an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among patients, families and healthcare providers. It is founded on the understanding that the family plays a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of patients of all ages.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Board, call 312-695-1300 or email

To apply for a two-year term, please complete our application. All applications are reviewed by a committee, and potential members will need to complete a phone interview.

Download the application.

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