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Ascension Saint Joseph - Joliet

Ascension Saint Joseph - Joliet

  • Hospital/Medical Center
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at Ascension Saint Joseph Joliet and make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

Adult Application

Prep U Program (15-18 years old) Application

Call - 815-725-7133

Every year, a talented and generous group of adults and students volunteer at Ascension Saint Joseph Joliet. We work together to make a difference in the lives of our patients, their friends and families, and our care teams. Volunteers are active in customer service. They provide office and clerical support, assisting the nursing floors with discharges and performing essential errands throughout the hospital and outpatient care departments.

Why volunteer at Ascension Saint Joseph Joliet?

Many people volunteer because they enjoy caring for and helping others. They are interested in healthcare, or are looking for ways to give back to the community.
  • Students and those interested in a new career can gain exposure to various parts of healthcare before committing to a college major or career path
  • Older adults find volunteering is a great way to stay active and know they are making a meaningful contribution to other people's lives

We invite anyone interested in our mission to volunteer at Ascension Saint Joseph Joliet. Additionally, we require all volunteers to:

  • Commit to a regular schedule of three to four hours per week for a minimum of six months
  • Provide proof of vaccination and two TB skin tests (provided at no cost to you by Associate Health Services)
  • Attend all required training and in-service sessions

Teen volunteers

High school students (ages 15-18 years old) interested in volunteering can find information in our Prep U Program.

During the summer, our Student Ambassador volunteer program is available to students interested in healthcare with a proven academic record (minimum 3.6/4.0 GPA). Applications are available each year on April 1. Please email Kelly Kuyawa for an application. Ambassador spots are limited and are first come, first serve.

Application process

  1. Complete online application
  2. Attend an interview session and an orientation session
  3. Complete the following health requirements:
    • Two-step tuberculosis test
    • A health screening for measles, mumps and rubella
    • A health clearance form completed by the volunteer and their doctor
    • A flu shot, provided at no cost to you, by Associate Health Services upon starting service
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation
  5. Purchase and receive your uniform
  6. Receive your volunteer assignment and get started
  7. Complete onsite training in assigned department upon beginning your assignment (mandatory training sessions will also be scheduled annually for all volunteers)

Volunteer roles

In-service volunteers help throughout the medical center in many departments, including:

  • Admitting/ patient registration
  • Cancer care
  • Concierge/reception
  • Emergency department
  • Food and nutrition
  • Imaging
  • Nurse volunteer
  • Patient visiting
  • Pet therapy
  • Special events
  • Spiritual care
  • Surgical services
  • Various clerical positions

Handcraft volunteers work from home to create projects for patients such as:

  • Baby hats
  • Boo-boo bunnies
  • Open-heart "coughing" pillows
  • Rehabilitation and oncology lap robes

Contact us

Megan Vinson
College/Adult Programs
815-725-7133 ext. 3371

Kelly Kuyawa
Coordinator of Volunteer Services
Teen Programs
815-725-7133 ext. 3465