NOTE: Harborview Volunteer Services will not be accepting applications between November 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014. We will begin accepting applications again on January 2nd, 2014.
Step 1: Application
If you can commit to volunteering for 6 consecutive months for 4 hours a week, download the volunteer application from the Harborview web site. Complete the volunteer application packet, including:
- The application, One professional and one personal reference
- A clear photocopy of a government issued ID
Mail or hand deliver your application to:
Volunteer & Community Services,
325 Ninth Ave.,
Questions? Call 206.744.3547, or e-mail email@example.com.
Step 2: Screening
Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted. If your application is selected, you will be scheduled for an interview. After the interview, you will be informed if you are accepted into the program.
Step 3: Placement
All volunteers are required to attend a general volunteer services orientation. A mandatory tuberculosis screening will be available at orientation. Once orientation is completed placement options will be discussed. Upon placement your background check will be processed.
Requirements for Becoming A Volunteer
All volunteers must be immunized, which includes a tuberculosis (TB) skin test once per year and a hepatitis series if applicable, according to Harborview Medical Center’s policy. The TB skin test series is given free of charge.
All volunteers are required to go through a Washington state background check before volunteering. To complete the background check, all volunteers must submit a photocopy of a government issued ID along with their application.
The commitment for our Regular Volunteer Program is four hours per week for six months.
All applicants must be over the age of 16 to be considered for the HMC volunteer program.
Age restrictions apply in some departments, including the Emergency Department.
Your department depends on you to be consistent and dependable. If you are not able to volunteer for any reason, please call Volunteer Services 206.744.3547 AND your assigned department in advance.
Sign In and Sign Out
It is very important for the Volunteer Department to keep track of all volunteer hours. Please sign in and out at the touch screen kiosk located in the Ground West Lobby before and after each volunteer shift.
We ask that our volunteers maintain a casual professional dress. Some volunteers may be required to wear scrubs, which can be purchased from the Volunteer and Community Services Office. Volunteers should not wear blue jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts, open-toe shoes, t-shirts or shorts. If you have concerns about the dress code, please speak with one of our Volunteer Services staff.
Typical Volunteer Duties
Harborview volunteers are an essential part of the Harborview community. Some of the tasks volunteers do are:
- Providing support to patients, patient families, and patient visitors
- Restocking supplies in inpatient units
- Providing non-medical comfort to patients
- Preparing rooms for new patients
- Providing administrative support in medical offices
- Running errands for inpatient units
- Reading to patients
- Changing bed linens
- Answering patient calls
- Socializing with patients, speaking with patients in another language
- Facilitating family and visitor contact with staff, such as spiritual care providers, social workers, physicians, specific nurses, etc.
- Escorting non-critical patients to appointments
- Directing patients' families and friends to hospital units, clinics or other destinations
- Distributing books, magazines and activities to patient rooms and waiting areas