How old do I need to be to volunteer?
- 16 years of age to volunteer in non-patient areas with a signed parent/guardian permission form
- 18 years of age or older to volunteer in patient-care areas
What is the time commitment to be a volunteer?
- Adult volunteers (18 years and over) serve a minimum of 100 hours in no less than nine months.
- Teen volunteers (minimum 16 years) serve a minimum of 60 hours over five consecutive months.
- Volunteers agree to come in once a week for a three-hour shift on the same day and shift each week.
Can I volunteer more than once a week?
We begin with one shift a week. If you are consistently available for that first shift, you may discuss adding a second shift with the volunteer coordinator.
If a program is not currently accepting applications, can I be put on a waitlist for the next time that applications are available?
Due to the high interest from our community, we are not able to waitlist prospective volunteers. We do review our program availability on a regular basis and will open our programs when we have adequate positions available. This will usually occur each month, depending on need. If you are under a time constraint for service hours and our program is not currently available, we invite you to explore other ways to help.
How long does the application process take?
Up to 10 weeks, depending on your timeliness with submitting your two reference forms, completing your tuberculosis screening and attending your assigned training date.
When will I hear from Volunteer Services about my application?
Once Volunteer Services has received your two reference forms, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.
How many references do I need to provide?
You need to submit two reference forms: either personal or professional references (e.g., employer, co-worker, professor, teacher, neighbor, friend, pastor – no family members.)
I need to fulfill community service hours for my school. Do I have to commit to Children’s required number of service hours or just meet my school’s requirements?
You need to commit to 60 hours of continuous service if you are 16 or 17 years old.
I need to fulfill community service hours for my school but cannot make a weekly commitment. Can I do multiple hours during my school breaks?
No, we require a weekly commitment.
Can I shadow a nurse or a doctor as a volunteer?
No. Volunteers serve to meet the non-clinical needs of the hospital. If you are interested in a formal observership, please refer to our Observerships Program for additional information.
Do I need a flu shot to volunteer at Seattle Children's?
To comply with Seattle Children’s policy on annual influenza vaccination, you must do one of the following:
- Receive a 2013–2014 flu vaccination and provide this documentation to Volunteer Services:
- Name of the individual receiving the vaccine
- Name of the vaccine
- Date vaccine was given
- Signature of the healthcare provider who gave the vaccination
- Provide a form (available in the Volunteer Services office) signed by a licensed independent healthcare provider letting us know that you are either:
- Medically restricted from receiving the 2013–2014 flu vaccine this flu season only
- Permanently medically restricted from all flu vaccinations
- Complete the process to decline the 2013–2014 flu vaccination for personal reasons:
- Pick up the Declination Information Packet from Volunteer Services. Read all of the information provided.
- Complete the Declination Form (last page of the packet).
- Discuss reasons for declining with a registered nurse in the Flu Room (further instructions will provided by Volunteer Services).
Does the hospital provide my initial tuberculosis (TB) screening?
No. Please refer to our TB testing requirements (PDF) and our TB screening verification form (PDF), which includes a brief explanation for your healthcare provider, should they have any questions.
I have been ordered by the courts to perform community service. Do you offer opportunities for court-mandated service?
No, we do not offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered service.
Do you have a baby rocking program?
We do not offer a baby rocking program. Volunteers in our Child Life Playroom interact with children of all age groups, including infants.
I’m working on my senior project – can I complete my project here?
Yes, with limited availability. Please contact Julie Povick.
I want to do a toy drive. What types of toys or games can I donate?
Thank you! Due to infection control, we only accept new toys. Please refer to our current wish lists. Furniture and household items can be donated to one of our Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutiques.
I have a group that wants to come in for one day and volunteer. How can we schedule this?
Please email Alison Garrison, volunteer manager, for more information.