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.

Family Support – Volunteer Positions

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: 8:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m.–5:15p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Family Resource Center

Minimum Age: 18

The Family Resource Center 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.

Shifts: Monday–Friday three hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 6 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, delivering, and clerical projects.

Shifts: Daily: 6 a.m.–9 a.m., 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 12 p.m.–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m., 6 p.m.–9 p.m., 9 p.m.–12 a.m.

Therapy Pool

Patient and Family Recreational Swim

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Shifts: Not currently accepting new volunteers; Monday-Friday two hour early afternoon shifts
  • Energetic volunteers engage individuals by leading fun and safe water activities including group games.

Swim Lessons

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Shifts: Not currently accepting new volunteers; Monday-Thursday two hour early afternoon/ evening shifts
  • Reliable volunteers are needed to assist swimming instructors and engage 3-6 year olds as they develop swimming and water safety skills.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) Swim

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Shifts: Not currently accepting new volunteers; Monday-Saturday two hour early afternoon shifts
  • Experienced volunteers engage inpatients in the PBMU by leading fun and safe water activities including group games.

Patient and Sibling Support – Volunteer Positions

Adult volunteers must commit to a weekly shift for at least 100 hours over 12 consecutive months.

Reach Out and Read

Minimum Age: 18

Reach Out and Read is a nationally recognized program which helps promote early literacy, parent-child bonding, and academic achievement to children under the age of six years and their families.  Reach Out and Read provides books and training to medical professionals so they can teach families how to engage and read to their children as well as provide them with a free book on their visits.  The volunteer responsibilities include reading to patients, siblings and families in the clinic waiting areas utilizing the dialogic method and engaging families about the program.

Shifts: Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 1 p.m.–4 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 passion for interacting with kids, maintain health and safety standards, and keep toys and play supplies clean and stocked.

Shifts: Monday–Friday: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-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 appointment(s). Volunteers help maintain toys and play supplies in the playroom; checking for safety, and cleaning on a regular basis.

Shifts: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Education Department

Minimum Age: 18

Volunteers in the Education Department assist teachers in providing instruction to students who participate in the hospital school program. This can include working during the morning school program that operates Monday-Friday, 10:00 -12:00 p.m, and also bedside instruction for selected patients and under the supervision of an assigned mentor teacher. Volunteers also assist in preparing curricular materials for students to use, classroom group projects, and some operation activities such as managing clerical work.

Shifts: Not currently accepting new volunteers; Monday-Friday: 9:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

Minimum Age: 18

Volunteers assist therapists and other staff as needed and help to maintain clean and organized therapy areas within the department. Some volunteers may also help transport patients to and from appointments and visit with patients between therapy sessions. Other tasks include filing, delivering mail and cleaning toys.

Volunteers who are pursuing a career in either physical or occupational therapy may apply for the Student Volunteer Bonus Program after meeting the required amount of service hours (approximately 10 consecutive shifts) in the department. Volunteers in the Student Volunteer Bonus Program shadow a therapist for one session (1 to 3 hours) per week, outside of their already agreed-to volunteer shift, for a total of six sessions. The OT/PT Department processes Student Volunteer Bonus Program requests based on hospital census and therapist availability and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Shifts: Monday–Friday: 8:45 a.m.–12 p.m., 10 a.m.–1:15 p.m., 12:45 p.m.–4 p.m.

EmailErin Williams for more information about applying to volunteer in the OT/PT department.

Hospital Support Volunteer Positions (Limited Patient Interaction)

Adult volunteers (age 18+) must commit to a weekly shift for at least 100 hours over 12 consecutive months.

Teen volunteers (age 16 or 17) 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: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 12 p.m.–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 10 a.m.–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: Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 12 p.m.–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m., 4 p.m.–7 p.m., 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 12 p.m.–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

Clerical and office support

Minimum Age: 16

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, Ambulatory Services and duties may include filing and collating, answering phones, using office machines and word processing.

Shifts: Monday-Friday: shifts vary by department.

Central Services

Minimum Age: 16

Assist hospital units and staff with receipt, storage, and distribution of supplies and equipment. Assemble and/or modify products for use to meet clinician and patient needs.

Shifts: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 12 p.m.–3 p.m., 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

Outpatient Pharmacy

Minimum Age: 18

Additional Requirement: Pharmacy Assistant License

Pharmacy department volunteers help the Pharmacy staff with prepacking medication, assembling non patient specific medication packets, checking for outdated medication in required areas, stocking and maintaining department supplies for areas of use by staff. Pharmacy volunteers work under supervision of a licensed Pharmacist or Pharmacy technician and have no patient contact.

Shifts: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–12p.m., 1 p.m.–4 p.m.