Volunteer Program

Every year, hundreds of volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time to raising awareness, educating the community, supporting our fundraising efforts, and helping patients and staff in clinical units and departments.
We couldn't achieve nearly as much without our volunteers.

Volunteer positions

Throughout the year, we rely on hundreds of volunteers to help with events, support staff and patients in clinical units and assist with office projects. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available at Northwest Kidney Centers:


Event volunteers

We host a variety of events throughout the year to educate people on kidney disease, raise money for our services and support people whose lives have been affected by kidney disease. To make these events successful, we need many volunteers to help with registration, greeting, refreshments, setup, take-down, and more.


Office volunteers

Volunteer positions are sometimes available in our administrative offices. As an office volunteer, you might help with mailing projects, organizing files, data entry, updating documents or other special projects.


Dialysis center volunteers

At times, we also need volunteers to work in our dialysis clinics. Dialysis center volunteers help the clinical staff unpack and stock medical supplies, answer phones and assist with patients.


Laptop tutors

Our dialysis units are equipped with laptops for patients to use while they receive treatment. Laptop tutors help patients use the computers and access the internet.


Community outreach

Outreach volunteers work with at-risk communities at health fairs and other events to raise awareness of kidney disease and improve kidney health.


Volunteer requirements

  • Dialysis center volunteers and laptop tutors must be at least 16 years old.
  • We ask that you commit to volunteering at Northwest Kidney Centers for a minimum of three months.
  • Please note that Northwest Kidney Centers does not accept court-ordered community service volunteers.


Steps to become a volunteer:

1. Contact the program manager by phone or email (see below).

2. Complete a volunteer application packet.

3. Schedule an interview with the program manager.

4. Consent to a Washington State Patrol background check, national background check and reference check.

5. Consent to tuberculosis screening.


Learn more

For more information, contact Syrenka Slettebak, manager of community programs and health outreach, at 206-720-8540 or syrenka.slettebak@nwkidney.org.


Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization

Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations to our 2022 Volunteers of the Year, the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization!

The Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization (MMPNO) has contributed greatly to Northwest Kidney Centers events and programs for more than nineteen years and in many ways.

Most recently, MMPNO has provided expert guidance regarding Northwest Kidney Centers’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We are so grateful for their generosity and many contributions. During the first months of the pandemic, MMPNO procured face masks for Northwest Kidney Centers’ clinical staff and patients.

Both retired and active nurses volunteer for special events, provide free blood pressure checks on World Kidney Day, educate the community about kidney health, represent Northwest Kidney Centers during community outreach activities, and more. MMPNO members played key roles for the Kidney Health Fest for African American Families which ran from 2003 until 2013.