Recurring Volunteer Positions
HSDC offers both ongoing and quarterly volunteer positions. The position descriptions listed below are for informational purposes only and do not reflect the current availability of the positions or the extent of HSDC’s volunteer offerings.
To see a list of open positions, click here. Quarters generally begin in September, January, March, and June, so start checking the open positions about a month beforehand!
Each position below is located at HSDC’s Seattle offices. If you have any questions, or want to inquire about volunteering at our Tacoma and Bellingham offices, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Playgroup Buddy (bilingual ASL and English)
- Classroom Aide (Speech Language Preschool)
- ASL Teaching Assistant
Ongoing General Office Support
- Audiology Department
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
- Development Department
- Early Childhood Education
- Speech Department
HSDC’s Early Childhood Education department has programs that take volunteers on a quarterly basis. Volunteers are expected to commit for the entirety of a quarter.
Playgroup Buddy: Parent-Infant Program
Playgroup Buddies work one-on-one with a child in our Parent-Infant Program (PIP) to provide bilingual ASL and English language modeling and individualized care. As our past and current playgroup buddies can attest, working with PIP students is wonderfully fulfilling! We are looking for volunteers who are positive and enthusiastic in working with children primarily between the ages of birth to three.
We ask our volunteers to make a ten-week commitment so that they can be paired with the same child throughout the entire quarter to promote bonding and development.
Volunteers must have an ASL skill level of 3 or more. New volunteers must meet in person with a PIP Specialist to assess ASL skills prior to beginning.
Mondays through Thursdays
Full shift: 8:45am – 4:30pm
AM Class only (Ages 2-3): 8:45 – 11:30am
PM Class only (Ages 4-5): 12:00 -4:30pm
Classroom Aides for Behnke Preschool work with young children (ages two to five) and to promote learning through language, reading and fun! The curriculum is progressive, developmental and multi-sensory with individualization and takes a theme-based approach to learning, integrating math, science, social studies, language, and social skills into fun and unique activities. We serve children with and without hearing loss and/or speech-language delays.
Volunteers can work individual shifts or full shifts, as many days a week as they’d like, as long as they commit to those shifts for the entire quarter. This a fantastic opportunity for future SLPs!
Teaching Assistant: ASL Classes
Multiple classes that meet once a week, evenings
TAs support our community ASL classes at our Seattle office. The classes are for individuals with no experience with ASL. Duties include assisting both the teacher during class and students during independent work time. This is great opportunity to practice your ASL skills by helping to teach others!
Ongoing General Office Support
Office support volunteers generally come in once a week for a few hours to help out one of HSDC’s departments with clerical and admin work. Because of the ongoing nature of these positions, there is no consistent schedule for openings, but opportunities often become available quarterly. Keep an eye on the current open positions, and feel free to email email@example.com to inquire about any of the volunteer opportunities.
Audiology volunteers alphabetize files, make copies, send faxes, and carry out other clerical duties. You will also need to be comfortable with telephones, as this position entails answering the phone in a friendly and professional manner. You should take be able initiative without waiting to be directed; many of the projects recur weekly, so you will know what needs to be done and develop a routine that works for you and the clinic.
There are shadowing opportunities for Audiology volunteers, giving you experience with audiological evaluations, fits, etc. You’ll also gain valuable experience in front office Audiology procedures and routines should they wish to pursue a career in the field. This is a great opportunity to learn about Deaf culture!
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) (Avanced ASL required)
DHHS provides free case management and advocacy to the Western Washington Deaf and hard of hearing community, ensuring that communication access and disability accommodations are provided to all who need them. As a DHHS volunteer, you’ll help the staff research and update resources, create and update documents, file, and a variety of other tasks as assigned. DHHS is run by a few fantastic deaf and hard of hearing staff members, so ASL skills are required.
The Development support volunteer provides administrative help in all aspects of development activities including fundraising, donor recognition, event planning and research. We require at least a six-month commitment from all volunteers for this position. This is a good fit for volunteers looking for general nonprofit experience, or with more advanced computer or writing skills.
Education volunteers provide valuable office support to our Parent-Infant Program (PIP) and Ned Behnke Speech-Language Preschool. Responsibilities include: performing all aspects of paperwork including tracking, filing, copying, faxing and shredding, materials preparation, and other duties assigned by the your supervisor.
Volunteers are welcome to observe speech-language services and therapy sessions before or after volunteer shifts when appropriate and coordinated in advance.
The Speech department at HSDC offers speech therapy and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to individuals, both children and adults, with communication difficulties. Volunteers assist with general office support, administrative projects, and occasional therapy preparation.
Speech volunteers are welcome to observe therapy sessions during volunteer shifts when appropriate and coordinated with the program assistant in advance. This opportunity is a great fit for those looking for first-hand experience in a speech-language therapy clinic!