Volunteer Roles

SCCA House Kitchen Host Volunteers


Provide efficient and courteous service to SCCA House residents, specifically in the community kitchen. The SCCA House is located on the corner of Pontius and John in the Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. This 80 room facility provides housing and communal living spaces for patients and caregivers of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.


  1. Provide excellent customer service for patients, families and staff in the house.
  2. Assist with keeping the kitchen warm and welcoming.
  3. Maintain high infection control standards – occasional kitchen organizing, wipe counters, refill supplies, etc.
  4. Organize community pantry.
  5. Prepare a dish or baked good to share, if this is an interest of yours.
  6. Assist with menu planning and writing a shopping list if needed.
  7. Host community meal nights by providing oversight to groups preparing meals, reviewing food safety guidelines, answering questions and ensuring the groups clean up at end of meal.
  8. Assist in preparation and serving of food during SCCA House sponsored meals.
  9. Respect the privacy of patients and family members, and abide by the confidentiality policies of the Volunteer Services Program.


A minimum volunteer commitment of six months is requested. Volunteer shifts are available on the second Tuesday of the month (SCCA House sponsored dessert) and the third Thursday of the month (SCCA House sponsored meal). Additional community meals may be scheduled with notice. The shift will typically be from 5:30-8:30pm. A minimum of one shift per month is required. When a volunteer is unable to come to the house for a scheduled shift, he/she is expected to notify the SCCA Assistant House Manager.


  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Love for the kitchen, cooking or socializing around the dinner table.
  • Essential functions of this role include the ability to speak and communicate with staff, patients and families during meal preparation and serving regarding proper food safety and infection control practices. Ability to bend, reach and lift items (while restocking and organizing materials) of no more than 20 lbs.
  • Familiar with Emergency Response system (this will be provided in training).
  • Ability to provide empathetic listening, warmth and compassion.
  • Ability to be flexible and sensitive to the needs of patients, families, caregivers and staff.
  • Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with fellow volunteers, patients and staff.
  • We seek energetic, friendly, self motivated and problem solving individuals to join our volunteer staff.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteer applicants are asked to complete disclosure forms for a national 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.


New SCCA House Kitchen Host Volunteers are required to complete an interview and orientation before they can be assigned to the SCCA House. Volunteers are encouraged to attend all in-service sessions for continuing education. Additional training around food safety for patients will be required and provided. Volunteers will also receive an orientation to the SCCA House and this role.


Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because 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. These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Manual.


  • Personal satisfaction and growth from providing assistance to patients and their families.
  • An opportunity to become acquainted with people from around the world.
  • An opportunity to gain experience in a multi-disciplinary health care setting and housing facility.