What is the Service League?
The University of Washington Medical Center Service League is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization that operates a Gift Shop, three Espresso Bars and a Tea Room at the University of Washington Medical Center. All proceeds from the retail businesses are allocated to supporting and enriching patient care programs and non-medical services for UWMC patients and their families. The Service League Board of Directors serve as stewards of the self-sustaining corporation, provide oversight of the finances and award grants.
How We Fund Programs
The Service League funds programs by profits generated from its following operations:
Service League Supported Programs
Art Collection UWMC boasts one of the most innovative art programs in the country, which is recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. A greater part of the collection, which features hundreds of Northwest artists, is purchased through Service League funds. A variety of art forms including paintings, sculptures and textiles from around the world are displayed in patient rooms, clinics and public areas throughout UWMC.
Arts in Healing and Music Therapy These programs engage patients in the creative process. Artists and musicians provide a variety of instruments, materials and mediums and work directly at the patient’s bedside or in small groups. Patients have the opportunity to craft personal works of art that are creative and reflective; patients listen to and perform music to promote relaxation and facilitate expression.
Beauty and Cancer Oncology patients meet with a consultant who carefully selects appealing and comfortable head coverings, wigs, hats, scarves and sleep hats that are provided free of charge.
Grants Financial gifts are awarded to UWMC clinics, nursing units and service areas to enhance patient and family-centered care programs and services that may not otherwise be funded through departmental budgets.
Layettes and Toys This special program provides baby clothing, blankets, front carriers, mittens and booties for newborns to assist mothers and families in need; toys entertain children in clinic waiting areas and during examinations.
Social Work Emergency and Housing Funding is given to the Social Work Department to support the emergency food, housing transportation and prescription needs of our low-income patients and their families. Short-term gratis housing at the Collegiana and local hotels is also provided for some patients and families who travel from great distances for their care at UWMC.
In Addition, the Service League financially supports infant car seats, therapeutic pillows, programs and activities for cardiology and transplant patients, hospitality for Oncology patient families, and recognition events for UWMC volunteers. The Service League also provides funding for the annual Valentine’s Day card-making project for 450 UWMC patients.
We are actively recruiting volunteers to join our Service League Board of Directors. Build your community connections and become an integral part of the dynamic and diverse team who support patient care and programs at UWMC! Contact Renee DeRosier, Director of Volunteer and Community Based Services at 206-598-4454 to learn more.