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Volunteer at Palos

The volunteer program provides helpful services to the hospital's staff, patients and visitors. Our volunteers reflect and contribute to the hospital's mission by caring for patients' needs, being compassionate and by providing quality services. Caring volunteers help with the comfort needs of patients, freeing the nursing staff to attend to patients' medical needs. They are extremely important to overall patient care.


Palos Community Hospital has approximately 400 volunteers who are involved in a variety of services. Here are examples of some of the volunteer services we provide:

  • Gift Shop
  • Home-delivered meals drivers
  • Home-delivered meals Chairperson
  • Transporters
  • Collators
  • Menu Surveys
  • Outpatient Surgical Waiting
  • Center for Short Stay
  • Emergency Department
  • Sterile Supply Processing
  • Dietary
  • Flower Delivery
  • Sewing Group (Frog Ladies)
  • Patient Mail Delivery
  • Social Services
  • Housekeeping/Linen Room
  • SHIP
  • Lifeline Installer

Being a hospital volunteer gives you the opportunity to make new friends and experience the feeling of working in a hospital setting.

To request a volunteer registration form, you can call (708) 923-4041. After your registration form is received, you will be invited to the next scheduled orientation to learn more about our volunteer program and what opportunities are available. Apply online.


Hospice volunteers are caring individuals who provide support services to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers visit with patients in their homes or nursing care facilities, and offer companionship and support. The required commitment is four hours per week. All volunteers are required to attend a 24-hour training program after completing the application process and a criminal background check.

Call (630) 257-1111 for an application and additional information.


High school students who are at least 15 years old are encouraged to apply for admittance into the Student Volunteer Program. This program is for 14 weeks, in which the student is scheduled one three-hour shift per week. Students missing more than two times during this 14-week program are dismissed from the program.

Students displaying a positive attitude, good work ethic and a desire to help others must attend a three-hour orientation before they are allowed to volunteer. Some of the duties assigned to the volunteers include assisting the nursing staff, patient transport, delivering flowers and helping out in the hospital Gift Shop.

If you enjoy working with people and meeting new friends, please call (708) 923-4042 to request a Student Volunteer application or apply online.

WAGS Animal-Assisted Therapy

When patients request, Palos has specially trained dogs and handlers visit their hospital rooms for about five or 10 minutes for WAGS Therapy.