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.


Chris Gray

Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Chris Gray, our 2021 Volunteer of the Year. Her service and dedication during an unusual and challenging year has been inspiring.

When supplies of protective equipment were low at the start of the pandemic, and Americans were advised to make their own face coverings, Chris and her team of sewists and crafters went to work.

Using their own machines and donating all materials and supplies, Chris Gray and her sewing group sewed fabric face masks for friends, family, hospitals and non-profit organizations.

Chris wanted Northwest Kidney Centers to receive face masks because her husband, Ed, a retired teacher and librarian, spent two years on dialysis at our Kirkland clinic, and then with Chris’ support learned how to give himself dialysis at home. Chris is grateful to Northwest Kidney Centers for helping Ed live a full life.

Even after the initial shortage ended, Chris and her sewing group continued to donate and deliver hundreds of masks for Northwest Kidney Centers patients, staff and families.

“We are so grateful for Chris’ support during the coronavirus pandemic. Her kindness, generosity, and can-do attitude have been a much-needed balm for staff and patients. As well as her dependability and ongoing commitment, Chris’ warm personality and sense of humor make every interaction a pleasure,” said Syrenka Slettebak, manager of community programs and health outreach.