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 health education and volunteer programs, at 206-720-8540 or syrenka.slettebak@nwkidney.org.


Marlene McKiness

Volunteer of the Year


Kidney transplant recipient Marlene McKiness has volunteered for Northwest Kidney Centers for a remarkable 25 years. She has contributed her skills and time in a number of ways, including meeting with legislators in Washington, D.C. and Olympia to advocate for kidney patients; volunteering for fundraising and special events; and representing Northwest Kidney Centers at countless community outreach events and speaking engagements over the years.


Marlene was one of the first presenters of the pioneering Together for Life education program that engaged faith-based audiences in heartfelt discussions about organ donation. More recently, she has been an active member of Northwest Kidney Centers’ ad hoc task force on community health outreach.


In recognition of Marlene’s ongoing commitment, dedication and stellar service, she has been named Northwest Kidney Centers’ 2015 Volunteer of the Year.