Volunteering at Providence Seaside Hospital

Become a volunteer

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. 

Benefits of volunteering

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. 

Volunteer perks

  • 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
  • Volunteer requirements
  • 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.

How to Apply

Apply online

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.

Contact Us

Contact Mark Squire, volunteer services: 503-717-7249

Our Programs

Community Connections

Funded and coordinated by Providence Seaside Hospital (PSH), Community Connections is a group of programs that connects community members in need with local resources to improve their well-being. We focus on identifying the needs of the vulnerable and finding ways to meet them.

Transportation

For some, transportation can be an insurmountable barrier to health and well-being. Community Connects seeks to reduce or eliminate this barrier. Our primary focus is on medical appointments. Whether our clients need transportation locally or even to Portland, we find the appropriate resources to get them there. We also provide need-based local trips, such as going to the food bank, library, classes, the bank and more. 

Volunteers are an integral part of our ability to provide these much-needed transportation services. Volunteer shifts vary, as they’re based on the clients’ needs. Trips are scheduled a week in advance, and you can volunteer for as many or as few trips as you like. Volunteers use their own vehicle and insurance, and we reimburse for mileage.  

Oral health for adults and children

Providence does not have dental offices, but we recognize the link between oral health and overall wellness. Volunteer Services runs two oral health programs, the Dental Van and the Children’s Dental Initiative, to support proper oral health habits in youth, as well as address emergent dental situations in adults.

Providence has been partnering with Medical Teams International to bring a Dental Van to Seaside since 1999. Volunteer Services schedules uninsured adults with emergent dental problems four visits a year. We fill cavities, extract broken or abscessed teeth and treat  infections – at no cost. If a patient is working toward getting dentures, we can help extract teeth in preparation to see a denturist. 

Partially grant-funded through the Oregon Community Foundation, the Children’s Dental Initiative launched in 2016. The Oral Health Coordinator acts as an advocate for young students in Clatsop County’s public school districts, helping parents navigate the often complicated oral health system. The goals of the program are to ensure that:

  • Children are established in a dental home 
  • Children receive screenings and treatments as needed 
  • Any barriers to oral health are overcome 
Volunteers help in our Oral Health division of Community Connections by staffing registration tables for the Dental Van and for Children’s Oral Health events, checking patients in and managing daily schedules. It’s a low-stress volunteer commitment that provides direct contact with the population we serve, which can be a very fun and rewarding experience.

Providence Seaside Hospital Gift Shop 

Located in the main lobby at PSH, the Gift Shop raises funds for the PSH Foundation. The Volunteer Coordinator manages the shop, which is fully staffed by hospital volunteers who work three- to four-hour shifts. Duties include ringing up customers, pricing new merchandise, maintaining seasonal displays and restocking merchandise. Shifts can range from once a month to several times a week, based on the volunteer’s schedule. 

Job shadow

Interested in seeing what a day in the life is like for our caregivers (Providence employees)? Volunteer Services facilitates job shadows that allow volunteers to observe one shift up to eight hours, once a year. Departments that typically accept job shadows are: 
  • Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Facilities and Maintenance
  • Environmental Services
  • Administration

Opportunities for students

PSH Volunteer Services offers mentorship and internship opportunities through various community programs. The development of career skills and experience is invaluable to our youth. We’re committed to partnering with volunteers of all ages, meeting their needs as well as supporting our programs with their hard work and enthusiasm.

Seaside High School Pacifica Projects

Seniors at Seaside High School are expected to serve 50 hours of community service to meet graduation requirements, and PSH is a popular organization. Students with specific interests can be placed in individual programs or events, such as working with the PSH Foundation to help with the Festival of Trees fundraiser or working with the Dental Van. Students also can volunteer in other departments, such as Emilie’s Café, the Gift Shop, Information Services, Facilities, Marketing and others.

Tongue Point Job Corps Work-Based Learning

PSH is a partner for TPJC’s Work-Based Learning program, which places interns in our hospital to help students develop skills that are specific to their future career. Interns come to us straight from the classroom, with fresh ideas and knowledge but with little professional experience. Our caregivers provide mentorship, refine skill sets, teach teamwork and develop interns into polished professionals. Because of their training, many students eventually work for a Providence facility in the department where they interned. 

Pet therapy (Angel on a Leash program) – coming soon!

We are in the process of developing a Pet Therapy program at PSH to bring trained canines into our units and put a smile on our patients’ faces! If you are interested in joining our program with your furry friend, please contact the volunteer coordinator 503-717-7174 for more info.

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. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 503-717-7174.

  • Angel on a Leash
    Coming soon! We are gearing up to launch a pet therapy program. 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. 
  • Community Connections: oral health
    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.
  • Community Connections: transportation
    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 (e.g. class, food bank, library). 
  • Diagnostic Imaging
    Assist technical staff with patients, cassette handling, inventory needs and miscellaneous clerical responsibilities.  
  • ElderPlace
    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. 
  • Emilie’s Café
    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. 
  • Environmental Services
    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. 
  • Facilities
    Assist with the general maintenance of the hospital: cleaning, sweeping, trimming bushes, patrolling campus for garbage, moving furniture and more. 
  • Gift Shop
    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. 
  • Marketing and Outreach
    Distribute marketing materials around the hospital or at outreach events. Responsibilities may include design, set-up, clean-up, clerical and event planning.
  • PSH Foundation
    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. 
  • Way-finding
    Greet patients in the front lobby. Make rounds to waiting areas (e.g. ER, clinics and surgery) 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. 

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