Volunteer Roles

Event Committee Volunteers


To provide a more positive experience to patients and caregivers at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance by offering social and diversionary activities monthly at the Pete Gross House and SCCA House.


  1. Attend regular meetings of the Event Committee (4x a year), which are held in the months of April, July, October and January. Additional meetings may be necessary in planning for events specific to holiday or volunteer events.
  2. Identify social/diversionary needs of patients and families and coordinate appropriate activities to fulfill needs.
  3. Actively participate in monthly events organized for patients and family members.
  4. Participation in special events for volunteers is encouraged.
  5. Regular communication and coordination of events with the Event Committee Chairperson in regards to leading events and activities.
  6. Screen all event participants according to infection control guidelines and respiratory virus management plan.


  • Actively involved as a volunteer supporting patients and families.
  • Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, spiritual beliefs and values. Ability to interact with a variety of people.
  • Upholds confidentiality in regards to communication with patients and families.
  • Good interpersonal communication and group facilitation skills.

Volunteer applicants are asked to complete 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 encouraged to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.


Event Committee Volunteers are asked to complete an interview and orientation before they can take part in an event. Volunteers are encouraged to attend all in-service sessions for continuing education.


Events Committee members are required to:

  • Serve at least 1 year.
  • Attend regular meetings of the Committee (four per year) and participation in scheduled events.
  • Additional meetings may be necessary in planning for events specific to holiday or volunteer events.
  • Take lead or co-lead on at least one event per year.
  • Attend at least two events per year.


  • Personal satisfaction and growth from providing diversionary activities, as well as, emotional and practical support to patients and families.
  • An opportunity to develop new friendships, and understand lifestyles and values that may be different from you own.
  • Increased perspective on the scope of programs and services offered by the SCCA.