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Volunteering Requirements

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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.

Vaccination Requirements

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 to the volunteer program.

Adult Volunteer Requirements (18 Years or Older)

  • Minimum time commitment of 100 hours over nine consecutive months
  • Regular weekly three-hour shift
  • Eligible for direct patient contact areas
  • Must complete required vaccinations, as determined in the one-on-one interview upon acceptance to the volunteer program

Teen Volunteer Requirements (Minimum 16 Years)

  • Minimum time commitment of 60 hours over five consecutive months
  • Regular weekly three-hour shift
  • Eligible for limited, non–patient contact areas
  • Parent/guardian permission required
  • Must complete required vaccinations, as determined in the one-on-one interview upon acceptance to the volunteer program

Reference Form Requirements

After you’ve submitted a volunteer application, you will have up to two weeks to submit two reference forms. These reference forms may be written by either professional or personal contacts (e.g., employer, co-worker, professor, teacher, neighbor, friend, 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.

Next Steps

If you are able to volunteer:

If you are able to commit to the above requirements, please take our volunteer assessment survey to determine if our volunteer program is an appropriate match.

If you are unable to volunteer: 

If you are unable to commit to the above requirements, here are some other ways to help our patients: