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Volunteers have served our patients and families, including our most vulnerable populations, since we began in 1907. Volunteers are essential to our success. We bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive environment to support the needs of our patients and families. When you volunteer, you join an impactful team that is the heart of Seattle Children's.



How to Get Involved

  • Where can I volunteer?
    To view open opportunities and which locations have roles open for new volunteers CLICK HERE

    Volunteers serve in the hospital and three of our clinic locations including:

    Seattle Children's Hospital

    4800 Sand Point Way NE

    Seattle, WA 98105

    Seattle Children's Bellevue Clinic & Surgery Center

    1500 116th Ave. NE

    Bellevue, WA 98004

    Seattle Children's Everett

    1815 13th St.

    Everett, WA 98201

    Seattle Children's Federal Way

    34920 Enchanted Pkwy. S

    Federal Way, WA 98003

  • How do I become a volunteer?

    Step 1.  Complete the online interest form
    Step 2.  Volunteer Services will reach out to you with an application if there are opportunities that match your availability and interest within the next six months
    Step 3.  Schedule and attend a virtual group interview with Volunteer Services
    Step 4.  Complete health screening, vaccination(s), and other requirements
    Step 5.  Complete training(s)


  • How long will it take?

    After you submit an interest form, it will be held for up to six months. If new volunteer opportunities open during that time that match your interest and availability, we will contact you with an application.  

  • What is the time commitment required?

    Shift length and commitment varies by position. Most shifts are 3 hours but may range from 2-4 hours. The minimum time commitment for most positions is 6 months but may range from 3 to 9 months. Learn more on the Open Opportunities Page  

  • What are the hours can I volunteer?

    We have lots of shifts on weekday mornings and afternoons. We have a few evening and weekend shifts. 

  • What is the minimum age?

    Teen positions: must be 16 or 17 years old at time of application
    Adult positions: must be at least 18 years old at time of application

  • How is Volunteer Services promoting equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging?

    Generations of racism and systems born from discriminatory policies have made clear that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students face greater obstacles to educational achievement. These challenges, combined with health inequities faced by racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in healthcare, are the reason we encourage individuals who are underrepresented to apply to volunteer. Volunteer Services is committed to increasing access to volunteering opportunities and exposure to careers in healthcare. In doing so, increasing representation and connections for our patient families with volunteers who have shared lived experiences. We invite all individuals who are underrepresented in healthcare, including Black, Latina/o/e/x, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander applicants to contact us for support with or questions about your application and volunteering.  

  • I want to shadow medical staff. Can I do that as a volunteer?

    Our volunteer program does not offer shadowing. Learn more about medical observerships and shadowing here.  

  • I am not able to make the time commitment required. Are there other ways I can help?

    Yes! There are many ways to be a part of the Seattle Children's community. Learn about other ways to help here.  

  • I am only available for the summer. Can I volunteer?

    Not at this time. Learn about other ways to help here.  

  • What types of positions are open?

    We aim to place volunteers in roles that match their skills, interests, and availability. Our volunteers support Seattle Children's in a variety of roles. All volunteers help to deliver quality care and services to the patients and families we serve. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

  • I just want to hold babies. Do you offer a baby cuddling program?

    We do not have any baby cuddling positions. Volunteers must be willing to work with patients and/or siblings of all ages (0-18+).