If you're interested in volunteering with Providence Hospice of Seattle, please review our current volunteer opportunities below and then submit a volunteer application. Once we've received your completed application, we'll contact you to schedule an orientation interview.
*** Please note that volunteers must be 21 or older for all volunteer positions except administrative positions and Camp Erin. (Administrative and Camp Erin volunteers must be 18 or older.) In addition, volunteers who are interested in working directly with patients and their families must not have had a personal loss within the last 12 months.
To learn more about Providence Hospice of Seattle's volunteer opportunities and programs, please call 206-320-4000 or 888-782-4445 (toll-free) and ask for Volunteer Services.
Patient care volunteers offer essential practical and emotional support to hospice patients and their loved ones. They may provide respite for caregivers, companionship for patients, transportation to appointments, or assistance with errands, household tasks, meal preparation, and yard work. Patient care volunteers must complete our core training and patient care volunteer training.
Note: Because patient care volunteers serve patients living in homes and facilities throughout our community, we recommend that volunteers have their own vehicles. (We do attempt to place volunteers with patients who live near them.)
Transitions volunteers provide practical and emotional support to people with life-limiting illness who are not yet eligible or otherwise ready for hospice. Transitions volunteers must complete our core training and patient care volunteer training.
Bereavement volunteers provide regular contact (through telephone calls and/or one-on-one visits) to adult clients who have experienced the death of a loved one. They may also help facilitate grief support groups. Bereavement volunteers must complete our core training and bereavement volunteer training.
Stepping Stones volunteers work with patients in our pediatric hospice and palliative care program and their families. They may play games or read books with patients, participate in outings, or provide practical and emotional support to siblings and other family members. Stepping Stones volunteers must complete our core training and patient care volunteer training, as well as a specialized four-hour training for working with pediatric patients.
Administrative volunteers perform the administrative tasks necessary to support hospice office operations. These tasks may include filing, copying, word processing, collating, data entry, assembling mailings, and making phone calls, as well as working on special projects. Administrative volunteers must complete our core training. On-the-job training is also provided at the hospice office.
Complementary therapy volunteers are licensed and/or certified professionals who provide massage, music therapy, hypnotherapy, and other approved services to hospice patients. Services are provided in the patient’s residence. Complementary therapy volunteers must complete core training and patient care volunteer training, and they must currently be licensed and/or certified by the state of Washington.
Animal-assisted activities/therapy (AAA/T) volunteer teams (handlers and their dogs) visit patients and families in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, adult family homes, and private residences. AAA/T volunteers must complete core training and patient care volunteer training.
In addition, AAA/T volunteers must currently be registered as a Pet Partners team through the Delta Society or Canine Companions, have at least three months' experience as an AAA/T team, and pass a separate team evaluation geared toward volunteering with hospice patients. Learn more about volunteering with your dog as an AAA/T team.
Camp Erin is an annual weekend camp for children and teenagers in King County who've lost a loved one. Camp Erin volunteers provide support to kids at camp, serving as Big Buddies or helping to plan and organize camp activities. Camp Erin volunteers must complete core training and Camp Erin volunteer training.
Please note: Attendance at ALL dates in one series is required.
Summer Training: Tukwila
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fall Training: Shoreline
Thursday, Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:30pm – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.