Weiss Stories

Weiss Volunteers Tell Their Stories

What Drives Weiss Volunteers?

Veronica Wade, Weiss VolunteerDoes Veronica Wade look familiar to you? The Senior Center regular starred as an extra on the hit TV show "Chicago Fire" this past month. She had responded to a casting call at Weiss, and was chosen to be on the show, which tells the stories of firefighters in Chicago. Read more

Zelma Williams, Weiss Volunteer

In her pink volunteer coat, volunteer Zelma Williams transports blood, wheelchairs, reports and supplies to and from the oncology department. Along the way, she passes patients who have become friends and staff who are like family. Read more

Etta Schiller

Etta Schiller, 100, has volunteered at Weiss for the past 42 years, initially inspired by friends who’d been patients at the hospital. And she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. Read more

Ranger at WeissEvery Tuesday and Thursday morning, a 6-year-old who answers to the name of Ranger, visits patients at Weiss. Ranger, a 75-pound collie, belongs to retired police officer Terry Tauber. Read more

Collecting school supplies at Weiss

Dr. Finocchiaro started the W.I.S.H. organization because she saw potential to make a connection between two entities—the Uptown neighborhood and the compassionate staff at Weiss. Read more

Vet Net at WeissAccording to Vietnam veteran David Rogers, many qualified veterans don’t know how to access the VA. Others receive personality disorder discharges or other less-than-honorable discharges and then cannot access veterans’ benefits. His goal is to get that vet to treatment—VA or non-VA. Read more

Weiss' Rooftop GardenJed Schenkier is one of two beekeepers and the volunteer responsible for starting the rooftop garden at Weiss. Read more


Medical Education Volunteers

Blaze Ndywe, a senior at St. Gregory the Great High School on Chicago’s North Side, spent much of the school year at Weiss, volunteering daily in the pharmacy. Ndywe is one of five students from his school who volunteered at Weiss. Read more

Does Veronica Wade look familiar to you? The Senior Center regular starred as an extra on the hit TV show “Chicago Fire” this past month. She had responded to a casting call at Weiss, and was chosen to be on the show, which tells the stories of firefighters in Chicago.