Providence Seaside Hospital volunteers are truly caregivers in their own right. They influence the programs that serve vulnerable members of our community. They ease the way of other caregivers (Providence employees). They give freely of their time, energy, skills and compassion to better the patient experience.
Our volunteers help us to meet the Providence Mission: "As people of Providence, we reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service." Without our amazing volunteers, we would not be able to offer as many services to our community.
How to Apply
If you are interested in volunteering at Providence Seaside Hospital, please complete an application form and background disclosure (for those 18 and over). After receiving your application, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to discuss our program and see if there is a match for placement.
Studies have shown that demonstrating compassion in our daily lives makes us happier and healthier overall. Volunteers have the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience. They also contribute to their community, gain a different perspective, meet like-minded people and see the direct impact of their service.
- Free lunch from Emilie’s Café with every shift
- Free flu shots during flu season
- Training and educational opportunities
- Rewards for service hours through our Spoil-a-Volunteer program
- 16 years or older
- Pass a background check (for those 18 and older)
- Pass a tuberculosis (TB) blood test
- Volunteers typically work three to six hours per shift, depending on program commitments, availability and interest. We work around your schedule.
Visit our programs to get an idea of how Providence Seaside Hospital is serving our community, and how you can get involved. Or see our list of specific volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer opportunities at Providence Seaside Hospital are constantly changing. During the interview process and orientation, you will have the chance to discuss interests and availability. Please note that training for specific departmental duties occurs after placement. If you have an idea for how to support the hospital that’s not listed below, let us know! We’ll see if we can make it work.
Register with Pet Partners and attend classes with your dog to get certified as a handler and therapy dog. Contact the volunteer coordinator to get the latest updates or information about our scholarship program.
Staff the registration table for the Dental Van or children’s oral health events. Manage the day’s patient schedule and ensure patient paperwork is complete.
Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, their own vehicle and current auto insurance. Transport community members to medical appointments nearby or in Portland, or to local wellness appointments (class, food bank, library).
Assist technical staff with patients, cassette handling, inventory needs and miscellaneous clerical responsibilities.
Assist staff during morning activities and lunchtime. Play board games, create artwork, socialize, serve lunch or plan activities for older patients in the ElderPlace clinic.
Ring up food purchases in Emilie’s Café. Keep café clean, organized and well-stocked. There may be opportunities to deliver food to patients, if interested.
If you’re looking for a quiet, easy volunteer placement, this one is for you! Fold and put away clean laundry as directed by staff.
Assist with the general maintenance of the hospital – cleaning, sweeping, trimming bushes, patrolling campus for garbage, moving furniture and more.
Assist in planning and coordinating of foundation fundraising events such as the golf tournament or Festival of Trees. Office tasks may require moderate computer skills. Event volunteers participate in set-up/clean-up, donation solicitation, marketing and more.
Greet customers, manage the cash register and provide a friendly atmosphere. Keep the shop clean and orderly, and communicate merchandise needs to the volunteer coordinator who manages the gift shop.
Distribute marketing materials around the hospital or at outreach events. Responsibilities may include design, set-up, clean-up, clerical and event planning.
Greet patients in the front lobby; make rounds to ER, clinics and surgery waiting areas; and check in with patients and families. Escort visitors to key locations, including the café, chapel, restrooms, coffee and gift shop. Provide support such as refilling water, delivering a newspaper or providing activity packs.