Volunteer Requirements

​​​​​​​All UWMC volunteers must complete the following requirements:

  • ​Complete immunization review and Tuberculosis screening required by UWMC Employee Health.
  • Washington State Background Check.
  • Attend Volunteer Services Orientation.
  • Purchase and wear volunteer uniform polo shirt or jacket.
  • Make a four-hour per week, three-month commitment (per assignment).
  • Abide by UWMC's Service Culture Guidelines (PDF)​. Maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Volunteers must be over eighteen years of age, or eighteen-year-old high school graduates. Sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds who are currently attending high school are eligible to participate in our Summer Teen Program​.            

Commitment and Attendance

A regular shift commitment of four hours per week and three consecutive months (per assignment) is required. Breaks in service of two weeks or longer are permissible with approval from supervisor. Exceptions for a shorter commitment are possible only during the summer months of June through September with permission from Volunteer Manager or area supervisor. Changes to volunteer schedule are permissible for shifts during academic quarters with permission by the area supervisor. Shifts in the Escort role are also available in 1-2 hour blocks to accommodate greater availability of volunteers to assist our patients throughout the day.

Dress Code

All volunteers at UWMC must follow the dress code (PDF)​. Volunteers in the Escort role and those on nursing units are required to wear the Volunteer Services blue polo shirt which can be purchased in the Gift Shop for $21.00. Black/navy pants and dark shoes are also required. It is expected that our volunteers maintain an overall clean and professional look, with clothing and shoes clean and well-maintained. Perfumes and fragrances are not permitted.

Patient Confidentiality

Volunteers must comply with patient confidentiality and HIPAA compliance standards. Training is provided during volunteer orientation. Volunteers who violate HIPAA guidelines will be subject to termination.