Volunteers offer diversionary activities and companionship for pediatric patients and patients’ family members (ages 0-23yrs) in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s outpatient transplant clinic, which is located at 825 Eastlake Avenue East. Activities include crafts, games, storytelling, watching videos, and diversionary activities.
- Offer companionship for children and teens in the playroom and infusion room.
- Organize and lead craft projects.
- Set up craft supplies, toys, and games in the playroom.
- Clean toys and games after use. (Also check dirty toys bins in the playroom, exam rooms, and infusion room).
- Abide by the SCCA infection control and confidentiality guidelines.
- Refrain from becoming involved with patients and their families beyond the role of a volunteer.
Direct supervision will be provided by the Child Life Specialist on-site at the SCCA outpatient clinic.
Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least two hours per week for a minimum of six months. Volunteer shifts are available in two-hour blocks from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because of 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. If you are not feeling well on the day of your assigned shift, please call the Child Life Specialist at (206) 288-7621 for an excused absence.
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Creative individuals who have experience in organizing recreational activities for children of all ages.
- Ability to be flexible and sensitive to the needs of children.
- Ability to offer empathetic listening, warmth and compassion to children.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- Dependable, well organized, punctual, and independent.
- Essential physical and functional requirements of this role include vision and hearing for supervision of children, ability to lift (less than 20 lbs), and ability to wash toys and maintain clean and safe environment.
Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the SCCA disclosure forms for a criminal background check. Annual Tuberculosis screening and documentation of vaccination or immunity to Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) are required for all volunteers.
Flu shots are offered annually and are highly encouraged, as well.
New Child Life Volunteers are required to complete new volunteer orientation and training, as well as job specific training before they can be assigned a regular shift as a Child Life Volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to attend all in-service sessions for continuing education. Volunteer policies, procedures, service descriptions and training resources are available on the extranet.
Benefits to the Volunteer
- Personal growth from providing support to pediatric patients and family members of patients.
- An opportunity to meet children from around the world and understand cultures that are different from your own.