Virginia Mason Franciscan (formerly CHI Franciscan) and Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital are actively looking for volunteers to help aid the healthcare system roll out COVID-19 vaccines.
There are two ways you can get involved.
The most urgent need at the moment is getting volunteers to man a Tacoma-based phone bank; volunteers here help community members learn more about vaccine availability and how to get signed up when their phase is ready. You do not need any experience to volunteer, and will receive specific scripting and support.
The call center currently runs seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and needs 45 people per day to be fully staffed.
Volunteers are also needed at specific clinics or community-based vaccine clinics in order to help expand vaccine capacity.
People who fill these positions will take on a variety of rolls, from helping with administrative tasks like managing paperwork and guiding people through the clinic to aiding with actual vaccinations.
Like at the phone bank, volunteers in these rolls do not need any prior experience, and will be trained after signing up.
Anyone signing up for these positions are asked to commit to a minimum of 20 hours over the course of three months. Volunteers also do not need to be vaccinated to sign up.
You can sign up for these volunteer opportunities at www.chifranciscan.org/our-foundations/volunteer-services/covid-response-volunteer-application.