Seattle Children’s engages volunteers in over 80 departments across the hospital. The list below represents the departments that make use of the largest number of volunteers. It is not necessarily an indication of volunteer position availability.

Learn more about the volunteering application process.

Volunteer Positions With Direct Patient Contact

Adult volunteers must commit to a weekly shift for at least 100 hours over 10 consecutive months.

Perioperative family support

Minimum age: 18

Perioperative family support volunteers interact with surgery patients and their families to provide comfort, direction and continuous updates in order to reduce anxiety and improve the patient and family experience. They also assist the medical staff with appropriate tasks. The volunteer’s objective is to help provide support, but to also gain some knowledge and insight into the medical field, more specifically pre- and post-operative care.

Shifts

  • Monday–Friday
    • 6–9 a.m.
    • 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • 12–3 p.m.
    • 3–6 p.m.
    • 6–9 p.m.
    • 9–11 p.m.

Child Life Department: Inpatient Playroom

Minimum age: 18

Volunteers engage patients of all ages, siblings and families in the playroom and at the bedside, to provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and socialization, thereby minimizing the impact of hospitalization. Mature, enthusiastic, caring and reliable volunteers need to demonstrate initiative, independence and problem-solving skills. Volunteers are expected to have experience and a passion for interacting with kids, maintain health and safety standards and keep toys and play supplies clean and stocked.

Shifts

  • Monday–Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • 1:30–4:30 p.m.
    • 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Friday–Sunday
    • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Child Life Department: Main Campus Clinic Playroom

Minimum age: 18

Volunteers assist in supporting the ambulatory care clinics. Mature, enthusiastic, caring and reliable volunteers are needed to provide fun, purposeful activities for siblings and patients during clinic appointments. Volunteers help maintain toys and play supplies in the playroom, checking for safety and cleaning on a regular basis.

Shifts

  • Weekdays only
    • 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • 1–4 p.m.

Family Resource Center front desk

Minimum Age: 18

The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides families with health and local area information, basic needs and stress-relieving services during their stay. The FRC also manages patient and family education and communications for the hospital. We are looking for enthusiastic, caring volunteers to greet families, answer questions, assist with family support programs and help staff with various projects at the front desk.

Shifts

  • Monday–Friday
    • Three-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Emergency Department

Minimum Age: 18

Emergency Department volunteers interact with patients and their families to provide comfort, developmentally appropriate play and non-medical support, which helps to minimize the impact of hospitalization. They also assist the medical staff with tasks like cleaning, stocking and delivering and on clerical projects.

Shifts

  • Daily
    • 6–9 a.m.
    • 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • 12–3 p.m.
    • 3–6 p.m.
    • 6–9 p.m.
    • 9 p.m.–12 a.m.

Volunteer Positions With Limited or No Patient Interaction

  • Adult volunteers (age 18+) must commit to a weekly shift for at least 100 hours over 10 consecutive months.
  • Teen volunteers (age 16 or 17) must commit to a weekly shift for at least 60 hours over 6 consecutive months.

Gift Shop

Minimum age: 16

Volunteers interact with patients and families in the hospital’s unique and fun gift shop which raises funds for uncompensated care. This is a perfect role for people with retail or cash handling experience, those interested in a business/retail career or those who love to shop! Volunteers sell, stock and price merchandise, and keep the store clean and organized.

Shifts

  • Three-hour weekday shifts between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and three-hour weekend shifts between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Messengers

Minimum age: 16

Volunteers deliver flowers and gifts to patient areas; collect and distribute wheelchairs; and clean stethoscopes and other equipment. Messengers also get exposure to a variety of hospital departments by supporting many different projects in the volunteer office such as packet assembly, sorting donations and other fun stuff!

Shifts  

  • Three-hour weekday shifts between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and three-hour Saturday shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. No Sunday or Friday evening shifts.

Clerical and office support

Minimum age: 16–18, depending on department

Volunteers assist the staff in a variety of hospital departments with clerical and office duties. Opportunities are open to volunteers who would like to gain office experience and learn new skills in a hospital environment. Available departments may include the Volunteer Office, Care Coordination or Ambulatory Services, and duties may include filing and collating; answering phones; using office machine; and data entry.

Shifts  

  • Shifts vary by department: weekdays; limited evenings and Saturdays; and no Sundays.

Central Services

Minimum age: 16

Volunteers assist hospital units and staff with receipt, storage and distribution of supplies and equipment. They also assemble and/or modify products for use to meet clinician and patient needs.

Shifts

  • Monday–Saturday
    • 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • 12–3 p.m.
    • 3–6 p.m.