Get Involved

How to Volunteer

Our volunteers keep things humming at Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center. They assist with classes and outings and help make our communities more inclusive. 

What to Expect

  • Most classes are at the Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell.
  • Class duration and the ratio of staff to participants vary depending on topic and instructor.
  • Volunteers help students follow schedules and classroom activities.
  • Volunteers help instructors set up classrooms, take part in projects and clean up as needed.
  • Often, students from local colleges take part. These interns put into action the skills and best practices they learn at college. As they gain experience, interns help in planning courses.

Volunteer Requirements

These requirements and expectations help ensure the safety and well-being of our participants and families:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • We ask for a minimum commitment of 1 quarter (about 12 weeks). You are welcome to volunteer more.
  • We expect you to work 1 or 2 times each week for 1 to 5 hours, on the same day and time. We try to work with schedule changes as needed for school or job.
  • State law requires that all volunteers consent to a background check and complete a disclosure statement. We will give you the forms at your first interview.
  • You must wear your volunteer badge at all times while you are at the center.
  • Please dress modestly. Casual clothes are fine for volunteering. You can wear jeans, pants, skirts, dresses or shorts that are not too short. For your safety and comfort, we require shoes with a closed toe. We recommend soft-soled shoes.

Steps to Volunteer

1. Fill out an application

Fill out the volunteer application form.

2. Have an interview

After we receive your application, we will email you to schedule a phone interview. During the interview, we will discuss your interests and availability. This helps us figure out volunteer duties that fit your skills, interests and availability.  We will assign you a volunteer shift. We will hold that shift for you while you finish the paperwork and get a badge.

3. Finish paperwork and get an ID badge

After we assign you a volunteer position, we will send an email asking you to fill out some final paperwork online. The email will tell you how to schedule an appointment to get a photo ID badge.

4. Attend orientation and training

Once you finish the paperwork and have your ID badge, we will schedule orientation and training specific to your position. We’ll also set a start date for you. We look forward to your first day at the Burnett Adult Life Center!