Community Volunteer Corps

Made possible by generous funding from Kohl’s Cares, Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps is an opportunity for community members, hospital volunteers, and staff to serve as advocates for childhood health and safety throughout Chicago. During the summer months, volunteers attend community events and festivals around the city, bringing interactive games and educational material to share with children and families. In 2016, we served at a total of 12 community events, ranging from small (150-200 attendees at neighborhood Peacebook events) to very large (50,000 or more at street festivals like Do Division and Taste of River North). We estimate that more than 2,500 kids stopped by our tents and tables, and had fun learning about important safety and injury prevention topics with us.

Applicants for the Community Volunteer Corps 2017 will be​ invited to attend a kick-off rally to learn more about the program and meet fellow volunteers on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. or May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Attendance at kick off meetings is not mandatory to participate in the Community Volunteer Corps.

Here’s what previous volunteers have to say about their experience:

“This was an opportunity to represent Lurie Children’s in the community at fun summer events around the city” -Lurie Children’s Employee

“I enjoyed meeting wonderful people who were also volunteering to share important information with families” -2016 CVC Volunteer

“Helping with the Community Volunteer Corps was the best thing I did all summer. I can’t believe how much fun kids had, learning about bike safety!” -2016 CVC Volunteer  

Steps to become a Corps Member:

1. Complete an online questionnaire.
2. Attend a kick off meeting to receive training on health and safety topics.
3. Complete a phone screening and background check.
4. Serve at one or more events during Summer 2017.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.