Volunteer Opportunities

Group Health offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for people like you who are ready and willing to lend a helping hand.

Transportation Assistance

Seniors can face challenges getting to medical appointments. Family members may not be available, and maneuvering the bus system can be difficult. Volunteer drivers can make a big difference in the lives and health of Group Health senior members in King County. Volunteers are especially needed in South King County (Renton, Burien, Seatac, and Kent) and East King County (Kirkland, Bellevue, and Woodinville).

Driving can be a convenient, flexible way to volunteer. Drivers use their own vehicles to transport members when, where, and how often it works for the volunteer. Rides are offered Monday through Friday. Mileage is reimbursed and supplemental liability insurance is provided. No lifting is required.

To learn more, contact Lisa Hirohata, program coordinator for the Group Health Transportation Assistance Program, at 206-326-2815.

Resource Line

Resource Line volunteers become experts at using the Resource Line database while responding to callers' questions about their health education needs.

As a volunteer, you will receive extensive training in order to provide referrals for classes, support groups, meetings, and events at Group Health and in the community. We ask that you commit to working one-half day a week.

For more information, e-mail resource.l@ghc.org or call 206-326-2800.

Group Health Clinics

Help patients and assist in various departments at our clinics. We are looking for help with:

Staffing the escort/information desk. Volunteers transport patients, run errands throughout the facility, give directions and information, and help in many other ways. Volunteers need to be physically able to transport patients and walk throughout the clinics on errands.

Assisting in specialty departments. Volunteers assist staff in Urgent Care, Outpatient Surgery, Family Beginnings, and other departments as needed.

Assisting in Radiology (Bellevue, Capitol Hill Campus, and Tacoma clinics only). Volunteers assist with MRIs on weekends and evenings by interacting with patients and assisting staff.

Staffing gift shops. Help raise funds for the clinic to purchase items that help provide better care for patients.

Volunteer staff consists mainly of adults and college students. There are very limited opportunities for high school students. A commitment to working a 4-hour shift one day a week is required.

Volunteer opportunities are available at the following clinics:

  • Bellevue
  • Capitol Hill Campus
  • Federal Way
  • Lynnwood
  • Northgate
  • Olympia
  • Port Orchard
  • Puyallup
  • Renton
  • Tacoma
  • Tacoma South

For more information or to request an application,  contact:

Bellevue

Candy Troy
425-502-4415

Capitol Hill Campus

Jeanette Flodin
206-326-2225

All other locations

Jamie Neill
Toll-free: 1-800-252-3305, ext. 28

Living Well Workshops

Do you have a chronic health condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, or asthma, or care for someone who does? If so, you might be interested in becoming a workshop leader for Living Well with Chronic Conditions or Living Well with Diabetes.

Living Well Workshops give people with one or more chronic conditions the skills and confidence to take control of their health and their lives. The six-week workshop series is led by pairs of trained volunteer leaders who follow a structured curriculum that includes learning sessions, brainstorming, skill building, and problem solving. Living Well leaders have the satisfying role of facilitating the workshops to engage participants in a way that can have a life-long impact.

As a leader, you'll learn group facilitation skills that can be transferred to other areas of your life. And you’ll make a positive contribution by helping others reach their goals while staying on track with your own goals for better health.

Hear what our workshop leaders have to say about the impact of the program on their lives and the lives of participants:

To qualify you need to:
•Have a chronic health condition or care for someone who does
•Successfully use skills learned from taking a Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop or Living Well With Diabetes workshop
•Be able to attend leader training
•Commit to leading at least one 6-week workshop each year

For more information and to apply, e-mail Kathryn Ramos, volunteer supervisor.

Hospice

Hospice Care volunteers offer empathetic, nonjudgmental support and services to hospice patients and their caregivers. We carefully screen and train our hospice volunteers, who perform duties that supplement but do not substitute for professional services.

You must be 21 years or older and may provide support in patient's homes or in residential facilities. You may offer any of these services:

•Staying with a patient so the caregiver can rest or take a break
•Reading to patients or assisting with correspondence
•Running errands, grocery shopping, and picking up prescriptions
•Assisting with transportation to medical appointments
•Offering comfort at the bedside of a dying patient
•Providing comfort therapies such as massage, music, and pet therapy

To learn more, contact the coordinator in your region:

Snohomish and East King counties
Pati Northcraft
425-556-6372
Toll-free: 1-888-954-2509

Pierce, Kitsap, and South King counties
Julia Casey
253-274-4635
Toll-free: 1-888-781-3573

Seattle area
Sherry Kraft
206-326-4508
Toll-free: 1-800-393-0890

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