Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

Is there a minimum age one must be to volunteer?

Is there a required commitment?

Is there an application process?

What will happen after I apply in order for me to start volunteering?

What do I do if I don't hear from anyone regarding my application?

What opportunities are available to me as a volunteer?

How soon can I start?

Can I volunteer for community service hours?

What opportunities are currently available?

Where will I be able to volunteer?

Can we volunteer as a family?

Will I be able to observe health care professionals while I volunteer?

Is there a minimum age one must be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Please read our list of volunteer opportunities for specific age restrictions. Below are highlights of some of our popular opportunities:

  • Must be at least 16 years old to volunteer in patient care areas
  • At least 18 years of age for Emergency and Critical Care areas or even 21
  • 21 years of age or older for all infant rocking/cuddler programs

Is there a required commitment?

If you are applying to volunteer in a hospital or clinic, we ask that you make a 100-hour commitment to volunteer. This requires that you volunteer approximately 4 hours per week for 6 months. If you are only available for the summer, many locations have a summer volunteer program. The requirement is that you are available a minimum of three months and can commit to at least 100 hours of service. This requires that you volunteer at least two half-days or one full 8-hour day each week throughout the three months.

If you are hoping to volunteer more short term you might think about the event volunteer opportunities which can require as little as four hours one day or one day per month leading up to an event.

If you are over 55, you might want to consider Celebrate Seniority, which provides different scheduled volunteer activities and is connected to various programs throughout MultiCare.

Is there an application process?

Yes, our application is available here on our web site. After applying, your application will go through the following steps:

  • You should receive an email confirmation once your application is completed and submitted. Please be sure to check your spam or junk mail folder.
  • Within two weeks you will be contacted by a coordinator to schedule an interview or an email indicating that there is no placement for you at this time. Please allow a little more time around holidays to account for office closures.
  • If you are provided an interview time, it is important to complete all required paperwork that is included in your confirmation email and bring with you to the interview. This included paperwork for a background check.
  • If there is no placement at the time of your application, we encourage you to look at our events. If you are interested in any of the events, please follow the links to their page on the special event page.

What will happen after I apply in order for me to start volunteering?
Based on your application, you will receive an email from a volunteer coordinator. The coordinator will work with you to arrange an interview, or respond by letting you know there is no potential placement at that time.

At the interview, you will discuss training, placement and next steps with a coordinator. Part of your next steps will include a background check and may also include immunizations and a blood draw for TB or other immunity testing.

What do I do if I don’t hear from anyone regarding my application?
If you do not receive an automatic email confirmation of your application, return to your application page and insure that it was submitted. If you are experiencing some sort of technical difficulties, please call 253-459-6133 or if outside regular business hours email vservices@multicare.org.

What opportunities are available to me as a volunteer?
We have many interesting volunteer opportunities available! This link will provide you a look at several volunteer opportunities with MultiCare. Placement is dependant on many factors, and we will be able to discuss in depth possible placements once your application is received.

How soon can I start?
We realize that you are eager to join our volunteer team. It can take up to a month or more to become a new volunteer. This is because we must follow a very detailed process to ensure a safe and healthy environment for you, our patients and visitors. Sometimes, it may take longer depending on your need, area of interest and other related factors.

If you need volunteer hours quickly, you can explore some of the events and other ways to volunteer on our special events page.

Can I volunteer for community service hours?
Yes, if it is for school or for a service program such as AmeriCorps Students in Service. If it is court appointed, we are unfortunately unable to place you.

Please be aware that you need to complete at least 100 hours of service per our volunteer requirement prior to having any school required paperwork signed off confirming your hours. This applies even if your requirement is less than 100 hours.

What opportunities are currently available?
Often availability of opportunities change from day to day, so it is often hard to know what is available as volunteers come and go. If you are interested in a particular area that has no current openings we are always happy to place you on a waiting list.

Where will I be able to volunteer?
You can volunteer in many different areas. Please read the opportunity page for specific options, but your placement will depend on the departments needs, your availability and your ability to meet the minimum requirements of the volunteer role.

Can we volunteer as a family?
The majority of our volunteer roles do not allow for group volunteers, including families. Sometimes we are able to place family members in different units within a given hospital at similar times during the day. You may be able to assist in certain events or provide support in other ways. Some of the ideas are listed on the opportunities page.

Will I be able to observe health care professionals while I volunteer?
Of course you will work closely with health care professionals in many of the volunteer roles that we offer, but true observation is best suited to a job shadow. Job shadows require a different application process; applications can be requested here.

Good Samaritan Foundation
253-697-5090

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5296
Tacoma, WA 98415-0296

Building Address:
401 15th Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA 98372

Mary Bridge Children's Foundation
253-403-1599

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5296
Tacoma, WA 98415-0296

Building Address:
409 South J St
Tacoma, WA 98405

MultiCare Health Foundation
253-403-1236

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5296
Tacoma, WA 98415-0296

Building Address:
409 South J St
Tacoma, WA 98405

South King Health Foundation
253-545-2251

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5296
Tacoma, WA 98415-0296

Building Address:
202 N Division St, Plaza One
Auburn, WA 98001

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