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Child Life Volunteers

POSITIONS SUMMARY

Volunteers offer diversionary activities and companionship for pediatric patients and patients’ family members (ages 0-18yrs) in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s outpatient transplant clinic, which is located at 825 Eastlake Avenue East. Activities include crafts, games, storytelling, watching videos, and being a friendly face!

RESPONSIBILITES

  1. Offer companionship for children and teens in the playroom and infusion room.
  2. Organize and lead craft projects.
  3. Set up craft supplies, toys, and games in the playroom.
  4. Clean toys and games after use. (Also check dirty toys bins in the playroom, exam rooms, and infusion room).
  5. Abide by the SCCA infection control and confidentiality guidelines.
  6. Refrain from becoming involved with patients and their families beyond the role of a volunteer.

TIME COMMITMENT

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least two hours per week for a minimum of six months. Volunteer shifts are available in two-hour blocks from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

SUPERVISION

Direct supervision will be provided by the Child Life Specialist on-site at the SCCA outpatient clinic. The Manager of Volunteer Services will cover other supervision needs.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Creative individuals who have experience in organizing recreational activities for children of all ages.
  • Ability to be flexible and sensitive to the needs of children.
  • Ability to offer empathetic listening, warmth and compassion to children.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Dependable, well organized, punctual, and independent. 

Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the SCCA/FHCRC disclosure forms for a criminal background check. Annual Tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required for all volunteers who have contact with patients. In addition, volunteers between the ages of 19 and 64 are required to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

ORIENTATION

New Child Life Volunteers are required to complete new volunteer orientation and training, as well as job specific training before they can be assigned a regular shift as a Child Life Volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to attend all in-service sessions for continuing education.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because of their immune systems are suppressed from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Because of this, volunteers must abide by universal precaution and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients. If you are not feeling well on the day of your assigned shift, please call the Child Life Specialist at (206) 288-7621 for an excused absence.

BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER

  • Personal growth from providing support to pediatric patients and family members of patients.
  • An opportunity to meet children from around the world and understand cultures that are different from your own.