Volunteers are an important part of our programs, helping to staff our Lifeline, assist in administrative tasks, as well as with fundraising, committees, mailings and events. Volunteers provide a wide range of specialized talents and skills and we depend on their energy and enthusiasm. We invite you to become a volunteer!

Currently Recruiting for: Administrative Assistant, Lifeline & Event Volunteers

The volunteer process is as follows:

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – Description & Requirements

Location: Dorothy S. O’Brien Center, 6522 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Volunteer Requirements: 

  • Working with Excel & Microsoft Word (potential for database work) 
  • Conducting Reminder Calls
  • Shredding
  • Filing
  • Event Support
  • Assisting the Development and Program Teams with Various Tasks
  • Other Needs to be Determined.

Schedule: Flexible


LIFELINE VOLUNTEER – Description & Requirements

Location:  Dorothy S. O’Brien Center, 6522 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Our telephone Lifeline provides emotional support and resource referrals to anyone who is living with cancer; patients, survivors, friends, family members, caregivers and co-workers, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Volunteers must be comfortable listening to profound emotions and have the ability to be a good listener, provide non-judgmental support and understand that listening does not equate to giving advice or trying to fix some aspect of the situation.

 Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must have a telephone to connect remotely to the Lifeline
  • Must have access to the internet for completing log reports and assisting callers to register for programs and classes
  • Participate in Lifeline in-services
  • Make a one year commitment to role of Lifeline Volunteer
  • Provide advance notice of 2-3 months when plan to leave Lifeline Program
Training Requirements: Participate in a 20-hour in person training program. After training, you will be asked to take up to four weekday shifts per month.Shifts are taken at the Dorothy S. O’Brien Center near Greenlake. 

Weekday Shifts: 9am – 12pm, 11pm – 2pm, 2pm – 5pm

Snapshot of Training Material:
  • Confidentiality
  • Lifeline Policies & Procedures
  • In-depth Education on Cancer Lifeline Programming
  • Understanding Cancer Pathways
  • Active Listening Techniques
  • Exploring the Grieving Cycle
  • Assessment of Suicidal Callers
  • The Four Needs of People Affected by Cancer
  • Creating Open-ended Responses
  • Clarifying Content
  • Exploring Caller Issues
  • Discussing Our Own Experiences With Death & Dying
  • Beliefs About Helping
  • In-class Role Plays (also conducted over the phone)

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please call or email Blair Rau at 206-832-1290 or brau@cancerlifeline.org