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Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

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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. 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. You may also explore our high school senior project opportunities.

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.

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 Janel Wohlers.

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.

Contact Us

Foundation and Guild Association
206-987-2153
or 800-635-1432 (toll-free)

Contact Volunteer Services

206-987-2155

Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed