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Woman volunteer drinking coffee with a patient's family member on the porch of the Carle Auxiliary Guest House
Young male volunteer reads a book with an elderly woman.
Young female volunteer hands a customer their bag of purchases at the front counter of a gift shop.
Woman volunteer drinking coffee with a patient's family member on the porch of the Carle Auxiliary Guest House


From helping in clinical areas to comforting families in times of need, there is a place and pace for all ages of volunteers at Carle. All volunteers are subject to immunization requirements and a background check. Court mandated community service is not permitted through our volunteer programs.

Volunteerism at Carle continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of the organization. At this time, volunteers are urgently needed to fill the following roles:

Carle Ambassadors
From information desk helpers and wayfinding assistants to entryway greeters and patient escorts, our volunteer ambassadors are oftentimes the first friendly faces our patients and visitors encounter while at Carle. 

Carle Auxiliary Gift Shops
With three locations - Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Champaign on Curtis and Carle at The Fields - volunteers at the Carle Auxiliary Gift Shops help meet the retail needs of our patients, visitors and staff. Proceeds from the gift shops benefit the Carle Auxiliary Guest House.

Carle Auxiliary Guest House
This home away from home for families of our most critical patients relies on volunteers to serve in a hospitality role by preparing guest rooms, making guests comfortable and keeping the house tidy.

Caring Presence
This program helps ensure that no one passes away alone. Volunteers spend time in two-hour shifts with patients who are in their final hours and don’t have family or friends to be at their side.

Apply today, and be sure to note the name of the area you're interested in serving.


Various Volunteering Options

Adult Volunteers

When adults volunteer at Carle, they do so through the Carle Auxiliary. The volunteers serve Carle patients and staff to enhance their healthcare experience. They also sponsor a variety of fundraising activities in support of Carleā€™s mission.

College Volunteers

Our college program is one of the largest hospital-based volunteering programs in the state with 500 students every semester. Applications must be submitted by August 29 (fall term), November 15 (spring term) or April 15 (summer term).

Teen Volunteers

Our volunteer program for teens is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in the medical field. High school students age 14 and older are eligible to participate. Applications must be submitted by August 29 (fall term), November 15 (spring term) or April 15 (summer term).

Hospice Volunteers

Carle Hospice volunteers touch the lives of terminally ill patients and their families through the delivery of compassion and companionship. You can help by training as an In-Home Hospice Volunteer, Bereavement Volunteer, or an Administrative Volunteer.

Current Volunteers

Carle volunteers have access the volunteer information center. Here, current volunteers can review their profiles, schedule shifts and review open shifts within their specified assignment. Be sure to use the email you have registered with Volunteer Services.

Community Fundraising Champion

When you become a Community Fundraising Champion, you not only help raise much-needed support for projects and programs at Carle, but you also help raise awareness about the role philanthropy plays in world-class healthcare.

Job Shadowing

Carle job shadowing provides a view of different professions for individuals interested in healthcare careers. Shadowing is restricted, and participants will not be able to be hands-on with any patients. This opportunity is limited, and application does not guarantee an opportunity will exist.

Non-Scholastic Internships

Students have the opportunity for non-credited internships. Opportunities are available in clinical and administrative areas. These internships are not guaranteed and are on a per request basis only and at the discretion of the placement department.