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Volunteer Application Procedures

July 2013 Orientation for New Volunteers

  1. Please complete and return the following paperwork to the Volunteer Services Program (address below) by Monday, July 22, 2013:
              a. Volunteer Application (three pages)
              b. Copy of your driver’s license (or state identification card)
              c. Immunization/Health Assessment Form (see information below)*

    *Complete the Immunization/Health Assessment Form (or provide copies of records where applicable) and return with your application. To ensure the health of our patients, all volunteers are required to complete this form and follow up as necessary. The occupational health nurse will need time to review these forms before providing the necessary testing therefore it must be completed by the above due date.

  2. In the event that you are applying for a role with limited opportunities, placement will be determined by the date your complete application is received.
  3. You will receive an email/phone call from the Volunteer Services coordinator at least a week prior to the start of orientation to confirm your attendance and to answer any questions you might have.
  4. Send the personal reference forms and envelopes to two people (non-family members only), and ask them to return the forms to the Volunteer Services Program by Monday, July 29, 2013.
  5. Participate in the orientation for new volunteers as listed on the Orientation Schedule. Attendance at BOTH sessions is required. Please be sure to read the information detailing the orientation and training process to ensure that we are the best fit for your volunteering time and efforts.
  6. Complete the background check and disclosure forms distributed at the beginning of orientation. We conduct a criminal background check on all volunteer applicants.
  7. You will be required to receive two tuberculosis (TB) baseline tests at least one week apart and a follow-up exam after each TB test with 48 to 72 hours (or show documentation of recent TB testing). This service is provided free of charge by our occupational health nurse and will take place during the training. Individuals who have had a positive reaction to a TB test can request an exemption from annual TB testing. Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for chickenpox (varicella), measles, mumps and rubella are required for all volunteers who have contact with patients. A small blood sample may need to be taken to prove immunization and/or immunity. In addition, volunteers 19 and over are required to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Please read the timeline below to see the different steps involved and to plan accordingly.
  8. After completion of the volunteer orientation, we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with the appropriate department supervisor for an interview and to begin role-specific training. 

Timeline for Orientation:

 

Mon., July 22 Deadline: Application & Immunization Health Assessment Form
Weds., July 24, 3:30-6:30pm Volunteer Orientation – part #1
Fri./Sat., July 26/27 Return to Occupational Health for reading of TB test #1 (takes 10 min)
Mon., July 29 Personal Reference Forms due
Weds., July 31, 3:30-6:30pm Volunteer Orientation – part #2
Fri./Sat., August 2/3 Return to Occupational Health for reading of TB test #2 (takes 10 min)
August 6-17 Interview scheduled with department supervisor

**Please return your application, a copy of your driver’s license, the Immunization/Health Assessment Form and two references to:

Volunteer Services Program
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
825 Eastlake Avenue East, LA-201
P.O. Box 19023
Seattle, WA 98109-1023
Fax: (206) 288-1074

We look forward to hearing from you soon! If you have any questions, please call the Volunteer Services Program at (206) 288-1072. 

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