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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?

    We have temporarily paused accepting new applications. During this pause, we will be processing the interest we have already received. These applicants will fill our spring and summer openings and any new interest would be for fall openings. We will also be updating the volunteer application process to make for a better experience.

    We appreciate your patience and recommend checking this website in summer 2024 for more details. If you would like to receive and email when we have a date for reopening applications, click here to provide your contact information.  

  • How do I become a volunteer?

    We have temporarily paused accepting new interest. The volunteer process includes an online application, virtual group interview, health screening, self-directed trainings, and virtual group orientation. 

  • 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.  

  • What are the hours can I volunteer?

    Volunteer shifts are on weekdays (Monday - Friday) starting and ending between 9am and 4pm. 

    We do not have any evening (after 4pm), weekend, or early morning (before 9am) 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

Other FAQs

  • 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 are currently paused for accepting interest from new applicants. Our program aims 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.

  • 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+).