Volunteer Labyrinth Hosts
Provide welcoming presence, information, and brief instruction to all inquirers and walkers for the bi-monthly open labyrinth walk at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Clinic, which is located at 825 Eastlake Avenue East on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s campus. Volunteer Labyrinth Hosts are stationed in Conference Room 1006-1008 on the first floor or immediately outside the door.
- Provide excellent guest relations for patients, families, and staff to those who come by to read the labyrinth poster and/or to walk the labyrinth.
- Greet each walker; greet those reading the poster when appropriate.
- Offer the “open journal” for those who would like to write about their experience after walking the labyrinth.
- Help inquirers have better, more helpful knowledge about labyrinths and about the basic rules and guidelines for walking our labyrinth.
- Provide empathic spiritual and emotional support by being an attentive, respectful listener.
- Empower individuals to contact the appropriate Pastoral Care staff when they have questions or concerns or needs for follow-up.
- This includes making a referral for a chaplain to follow-up with the individual’s permission.
- Strive to remain compassionate, non-judgmental, and open when assisting people who have lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, and interests that are different from your own.
- Respect the privacy of patients, family members, and staff as well as abide by the Volunteer Services and Pastoral Care confidentiality policies.
A minimum volunteer commitment of six months is requested. Volunteer shifts are available from 12:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. When a volunteer is unable to come to the clinic for a scheduled shift, she or he is expected to notify her/his supervisor or designee with as much advanced notice as possible.
- Excellent guest relations and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to provide empathetic listening, warmth and compassion, quiet space.
- Ability to distinguish one’s own needs from those of patients, families, and staff.
- Have the emotional maturity to be present to and respond appropriately to those who are emotionally or spiritually distressed as well as to assess when and how to make an appropriate referral to a chaplain.
- Be flexible and sensitive to the needs of patients, families, and staff.
- Respect diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions, and values.
- Ability to help facilitate a meaningful labyrinth walk for persons of different spiritual and emotional needs.
- Ability to manage (i.e., carry, unfold, fold precisely, store appropriately) a heavy canvas labyrinth (approximately 50 pounds).
Experienced and knowledgeable labyrinth walker who has been trained in labyrinths, preferably by Lauren Artress or someone who has had facilitator training with her (e.g., Stephen King at the SCCA who leads one-half day workshops several times per year). Spiritually grounded and growing. Endorsement or recommendation of one’s services from one’s faith group.
New Volunteer Labyrinth Hosts are asked to complete new volunteer orientation and training, as well as, role specific training before they can be assigned to a regular shift as a Volunteer Labyrinth Host. A half-day workshop on Labyrinths will be required (typically held on a Saturday) unless one has already completed such training as approved by the Director of Pastoral Care.
Volunteers are encouraged to attend all in-service sessions for continuing education. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the Washington State Patrol and Hutchinson Center/SCCA 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.
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 infections disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients. These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Handbook.
BENEFITS TO THE VOLUNTEER
- Personal satisfaction and growth from providing assistance to patients, families, and staff.
- An opportunity to become acquainted with people from diverse spiritual paths.
- An opportunity to gain experience in a multi-disciplinary health care setting.