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Welcome Bags & Comfort Cards for medical patients

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 28 people are interested

We're looking for individuals or groups to make Welcome Bags and Comfort Cards to give our medical and veteran guests who are staying here at the Guest House. Those staying with us are traveling long distances away from home and often spend long days in the hospital with their loved one or have outpatient treatments. A welcome gift in their room when they first arrive at the Guest House definitely lifts their spirits during this difficult, stressful time.
This can be done offsite (not exactly virtual we know) at your location or in our Guest House Community Room. Suggested contents range from water bottle, trail mix, granola bars, pretzels, sanitizer wipes, plus an encouraging greeting card all contained in a bag with handles. Please feel free to include additional items such as corporate swag, creativity is encouraged. After assembling, a few volunteers can deliver to each guest door of those staying at the Guest House or we have an easy drive-thru drop off option and Guest House staff/volunteers will deliver the bags to guest rooms.
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1x per quarter or per year, need enough supplies to make 25 - 50 bags depending on your budget and size of your group. Consider sponsoring supplies if your group is unable to assemble bags.
COVID-19 Best Practices: We ask that if coming to the Guest House, that all volunteers be healthy the day of the project. You will have your temperature taken and will need to wear masks while participating in this volunteer activity.

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About Guest House


1933 W. Polk St., CHICAGO, IL 60612, US

Mission Statement

Founded in 1999, the Guest House meets the critical need for affordable accommodations for outpatients and loved ones of patients seeking treatment away from home. Providing the comforts of home and the care of community, we are conveniently located in the Illinois Medical District on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago giving our guests easy access to our partner hospitals: John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Rush University Medical Center, UI Health-Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center Hospitals.


The Guest House offers safe, comfortable lodging to family and caregivers or patients themselves, receiving medical care in Chicago near the Illinois Medical District.


Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families
Community, Health & Medicine, Veterans & Military Families


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1933 W. Polk St.SSR bldg-Rm 202, UIC west campusChicago, IL 60612



  • Patient Care
  • Community Outreach
  • Customer Service
  • Project Management
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Volunteers purchase supplies and then assemble bags, write comfort cards to guests, and distribute to guest's doors. Average time commitment 1 to 1-1/2 hours (not including purchasing supplies).
  • Street parking is limited - only metered parking and hourly parking garage is available. Public transportation is encouraged. A drive-thru drop off option for the Welcome Bags is available.

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