Limited volunteer opportunities are available at these locations:

Steps To Become a Volunteer

  1. Review our requirements and opportunities (information on this page).
  2. Take our volunteer assessment survey.
  3. Submit Pre-Screening Application

Volunteering Requirements

Seattle Children’s depends upon reliable and dedicated volunteers to ensure the best possible care for our patients and their families. We ask that volunteers commit to the requirements and expectations listed below to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and families.

Adults

Adults may volunteer in patient, sibling, and family support positions as well as hospital support positions, depending on experience.

  • At least 18 years of age when you submit an application
  • Available for one weekly 3 hour shift, on the same day and time, for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Commit to provide a minimum of 100 hours of service
  • Authorize a criminal background check

Teens

Teens may volunteer in hospital support positions with limited patient and family interaction.

  • At least 16 years of age when you submit an application
  • Available for one weekly 3 hour shift, on the same day and time for at least 6 consecutive months
  • Commit to provide a minimum of 60 hours of service
  • Authorize a criminal background check
  • Signed permission from a Parent/Guardian (form provided)

Additional Requirements

  • After submitting a volunteer application, you will have up to two weeks to submit two reference forms. These reference forms may be completed by either professional or personal contacts (e.g., employer, co-worker, professor, teacher, neighbor, friend or pastor. No family members please). Reference forms received prior to application submission will not be considered and will not be kept on file.

    If you do not submit two reference forms within the two weeks after application submission, you will be required to re-apply at a later date.

  • All volunteers must comply with Seattle Children's policy for annual influenza (flu) vaccination along with tuberculosis (TB) screening. Specific information regarding these requirements will be presented during the one-on-one interview. These vaccinations/screenings will be provided by Seattle Children's at no cost to the volunteer upon acceptance into the volunteer program.

Regional Clinic Volunteer Opportunities 

Our goal is to match volunteers with opportunities that serve our patients, families and staff while providing volunteers with a meaningful experience that is consistent with their skills and interests.

Volunteers support the entire organization serving in a variety of roles, all of which are instrumental in delivering quality care and services to the patients and families that Seattle Children’s serves.

Volunteer opportunities are categorized into three types of support positions. Please see specific descriptions of roles under each category. 

Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center

  • Outpatient Surgery Center

    • Minimum Age: 18
    • Shifts: Monday–Friday, 3 hour shifts between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

    Volunteers provide a communication link between the clinical team in the outpatient surgery center and the parents/caregivers by providing “next steps” instructions post-induction. Duties may include providing comfort measures and transporting patients and families at the time of discharge. Volunteers are essential to the outpatient surgery center and are viewed as an integral part of the care team. This position provides much interaction with patients and families during the outpatient surgical experience.

  • Clinic Playroom

    Mature, enthusiastic, caring and reliable volunteers are needed to provide fun, purposeful activities for siblings and patients while waiting for surgical procedures or clinic appointments. Volunteers help maintain toys and play supplies in the playroom, checking for safety and cleaning on a regular basis.

    • Minimum Age: 18
    • Shifts:  Weekdays only:
      • 6:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
      • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
      • 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • Clerical / Office Support

    Assist the staff with clerical and office duties in clinical and administrative departments throughout the site. Opportunities are open to volunteers who would like to gain office experience and learn new skills and management tools currently being used in a hospital environment. Duties may include data collection; filing and collating; answering phones; using office machines and word processing.

    • Minimum Age: 16
    • Shifts:
      • Monday–Friday: 3 hour shifts between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
      • Saturdays: 3 hour shifts between 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Entrance guides

    Volunteers will help welcome and assist all patients, families, staff and visitors in order to identify needs, provide appropriate age-related customer service and facilitate wayfinding, deliveries and entrance security.

    • Minimum Age: 16
    • Shifts:
      • Monday–Friday: 3 hour shifts between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Contact: email Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.

To learn more about our clinic, visit Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.

Seattle Children’s North Clinic in Everett

Contact: email Seattle Children’s North Clinic in Everett

To learn more about our clinic, visit Seattle Children’s North Clinic in Everett

Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way

  • We do not have any opportunities in these areas at this time.

  • Child Life Department: Clinic Playroom

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

    • Minimum age:  18
    • Shifts: Weekdays only:
      • 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
      • 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Contact: email Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way. 

To learn more about our clinic, visit Seattle Children's South Clinic in Federal Way.