Volunteer Tutors

Volunteer Tutors


Provide one-to-one tutoring, reading assistance and classroom help for family members and pediatric patients at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Hutch School, which is an agency school of the Seattle Public School District and accredited by the State of Washington. The school is located at 527 Minor Avenue North. Volunteer tutors at Hutch School are not required to attend the orientation sessions offered quarterly but may submit their completed application directly to Hutch School.


  1. Be capable of bringing a positive, caring attitude each day, and leaving personal issues at the door when arriving to volunteer.
  2. Be knowledgeable of, and adhere to Hutch School’s Healthy Student Policy. Volunteers should not enter school if exhibiting any signs of illness.
  3. Provide emotional support and reassurance to students by being an attentive listener.
  4. Strive to remain non-judgmental and flexible when assisting students who have values, lifestyles and interests that are different from your own.
  5. Respect the privacy of students and abide by the SCCA/Hutch's confidentiality policies for patients and families.


Volunteer time commitment varies depending on the needs of students. During an assignment, a volunteer will spend an average of one-two hours a week with a student, Monday through Friday. The weekly time commitment may be negotiated with the teaching staff.


The Hutch School’s teachers coordinate assignments and supervise volunteers. However, volunteers may contact the school’s Administrative Assistant at (206) 667-1400 or the Manager of Volunteer Services at (206) 288-1071 when they have questions or concerns.


  • Experience working with K-12 students, or specific grades within that range, preferred.
  • Able to provide empathetic listening, warmth and compassion.
  • Able to be flexible and sensitive to the needs of children and teens.
  • Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
  • Able to maintain emotional boundaries and to distinguish one's own needs from those of patients and family members.
  • Have not experienced a significant change within the past two years, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, major illness, or a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
  • Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful, especially Spanish.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age; possess a valid driver's license or state identification card; and have no criminal history or current substance abuse issues.

Volunteer applicants are asked to complete forms to authorize a national criminal background check.


New volunteers are asked to complete an interview with Hutch School staff before they are assigned to the Hutch School. Volunteers are encouraged to attend in-service sessions for continuing education.


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.

Annual tuberculosis (TB) testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required for all volunteers who have contact with patients and families. TB tests are offered each month by the Occupational Health Nurse free-of-charge, appointments can be scheduled by calling (206) 667-3474. 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.


Personal satisfaction and growth from providing support to children and teens from around the world.