Provide transportation from and to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Boeing Field for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) patients and their primary caregivers. Volunteer Drivers use their own vehicle for arrivals and departures.
- Serve as an ambassador of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance by welcoming new patients and their families at the airport and driving them to their residence in Seattle. Provide an orientation to the Lake Union area and offer to drive families to a nearby grocery store.
- Transport family members and friends who are primary caregivers to and from the airport. Drive patients to the airport when they have been discharged from the SCCA.
- (Optional) Conduct tours of apartment buildings that are near the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Clinic for prospective patients who are on a medical consultation visit.
- Strive to remain compassionate, non-judgmental, flexible and impartial when assisting people that have lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, and interests that are different from your own.
- Respect the privacy of patients and family members, and abide by the Volunteer Services Program’s confidentiality policies.
New Volunteer Drivers are asked to commit a minimum of six months to transporting patients and families at the SCCA. Transportation times are negotiable. Volunteer drivers are expected to fill at least two trips per month.
- Must be a safe driver with no driving infractions within the past three years.
- Ability to interact with a variety of people.
- Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
- Dependable and punctual.
- Ability to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of patients and family members.
- Ability to move luggage in and out of vehicles.
- Familiar with Lake Union, Capitol Hill and lower Queen Anne areas.
Volunteer Drivers must be at least 21 years of age. Possess a valid Washington driver's license and current automobile insurance. Have no substance abuse problems. Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the Hutchinson Center/SCCA disclosure forms, and authorize a criminal background check by the Washington State Patrol and a driving record check by the Department of Licensing. Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required of all volunteers who have contact with patients.
Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because their immune systems are suppressed from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Because of this, volunteer drivers must abide by universal precaution and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients. These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Handbook.
New volunteer drivers are required to complete orientation before transporting patients and families. Volunteer drivers are encouraged to attend additional in-service programs for continuing education.
BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER
- Personal growth from providing vital support to patients and their families.
- An opportunity to meet people from around the world.