Volunteer Opportunities

​Due to overwhelming interest from our community, we are not accepting volunteer applications at this time. If you have already been in contact with a staff person about a specific volunteer position at Harborview, please contact the Volunteer office at hmcvol@uw.edu for more information. Otherwise, please check back at a later date for the application.

Volunteer placement is dependent on the applicant’s work history & volunteer experience, as well as the needs of the hospital. Applicants with no prior work or volunteering experience in a healthcare setting will usually be required to complete a 3 month term (50 hours) of service at our Information Desk as a Patient & Family Ambassador.

​​​​​​​​​​Opportunities are variable but generally are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Please refer to our ​Opportunity Directory for a list of commonly available departments.

​Please keep in mind that we will place volunteers based primarily on the needs of the hospital, and that we cannot guarantee any applicant a position in a certain department.

​Typical Volunteer Duties

​Harborview volunteers are an essential part of the Harborview community.  Typical volunteer duties include:
  • Restocking supplies in inpatient units
  • Providing non-medical comfort to patients
  • Preparing rooms for new patients
  • Providing administrative support in medical offices
  • Reading to patients
  • Changing bed linens
  • Answering patient calls
  • Socializing with patients, speaking with patients in another language
  • Escorting non-critical patients to clinic appointments
  • Directing patients' families and friends to hospital units, clinics or other destinations
  • Distributing books, magazines and activities to patient rooms and waiting areas


Harborview Medical Center is a King County owned property