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Volunteering at Carle Foundation Hospital

The Carle Auxiliary was founded in 1959 by a group of dedicated and energetic women. Today, a diverse team of volunteers serve in a variety of roles to ensure the comfort and well-being of our patients and staff.


Various Volunteering Options


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 Carle’s mission.

Students (college/teen)

Our student program is one of the largest hospital-based volunteering programs in the state with 500 students every semester. Our high school volunteers must be age 14 and older. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. August 29 (fall term), November 15 (spring term) or April 15 (summer term). In addition to an application, college and high school students seeking to volunteer must provide up-to-date immunization records.

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.

Observation (general/therapy)

Carle job shadowing helps individuals interested in healthcare careers view a variety of professions. Shadowing is supervised and not hands-on. General job shadowing observes nurses, healthcare technicians, X-ray technicians, medical assistants, etc. Therapy job shadowing observes physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists. Opportunities are limited, and applying doesn’t guarantee an opportunity will exist. Participants must be at least 16 years old and apply at least one month in advance of desired shadowing dates. Applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Community Health Initiatives

By working closely with community partners, our volunteers help build a culture of health, ensuring children and their families, regardless of life circumstances, have an opportunity to be prosperous and live the healthiest life they can. Join us in our work to help families in Champaign-Urbana.

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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.

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CRIS Healthy Aging

Volunteers help provide much needed services to adults who need just a little bit of extra help. CRIS Healthy Aging volunteers must work well with the elderly and be able to fulfill onboarding requirements for the role(s) they wish to pursue.

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Current Volunteers

Carle volunteers have access to 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.