Volunteer Opportunities


We encourage current students and graduates to do volunteer reflexology in the community of their choice. Volunteering brings benefits of health to the minds and bodies of those receiving the work and assistance to the community at large, and it helps you learn about different issues related to health, feet, and tissue textures in reflex areas. It might even lead to a specialty you can offer later in your professional life!

Please contact SRMC if you have additional volunteer suggestions. Be sure to provide us with contact information, volunteer description and any requirements or education offers that might be involved with the volunteer facility.

Click the highlighted text for a link to an inspiring story about volunteering within the field of reflexology!


CURRENT / RECENT / ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Join Harborview in supporting nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2017!

The staff on the unit at Neurosciences Specialty at Harborview Medical Center work tirelessly (and often thanklessly) to provide excellent nursing care to a very difficult population of patients. Their patients suffer mostly from life-changing events such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Because these nurses work so hard, day and night, weekends and holidays, their Assistant Nurse Manager Becky Goar would like to give them something in return.

The Burn and Pediatric ICU is in a similar situation. April Wilds would love to help them by coordinating any volunteer support in that Unit.

National Nurse’s Week is May 6th-12th, 2017. This year’s national theme is Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.  The good folks at Harborview have contacted SRMC in hopes of finding students or professionals who are willing to donate time to provide short reflexology sessions to their nurses during their shift some time during the week of 5/6-5/12. They believe that relaxation, stress management, and caring for our own bodies are at the bottom of the priority list for most nurses. Their goal for Nurse’s Week this year is to focus on self-care, and they believe reflexology and massage would fit perfectly into this year’s theme. If you are not able to donate your time, please also consider donating a gift certificate for reflexology or items that could be added to a ‘relaxation basket’ that will be given as a prize during the week.

Please help them to celebrate these very special groups of people!

CONTACT BECKY OR APRIL DIRECTLY FOR DETAILS:

Becky Goar, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager
3WH Neurosciences
Harborview Medical Center
goarreb@uw.edu
253.222.1607

April Wilds, BSN, RN
Burn/Pediatric ICU
Harborview Medical Center
apate@u.washington.edu
206.617.3938

Senior Retirement/Community Center in Kent (Event + monthly events in the future)

Help the elderly immigrant population through this event! A health fair will take place at a low income Senior Retirement/Community Center in Kent this Friday, April 28, 2017 from 3 to 6 o’clock p.m. They are seeking 6-8 volunteer Reflexologists​ to offer 20 minute sessions to resident seniors and fair-goers. Participants will be well fed and given a special place in the senior community center to work from. Contact Natalie Kotar for more information at 206.499.2886.

EvergreenHealth Hospice (Ongoing)

EvergreenHealth Hospice serves patients and their families throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Volunteers offer assistance through companionship, respite care, life review, light household help and by running errands, and choose patient assignments in their own communities.  Evergreen offers a free three-day training before volunteers become active, as well as ongoing support and continuing education. For more information about becoming an Evergreen Hospice & Palliative Care Volunteer, contact Criss East, Coordinator of Volunteers at:

     • evergreenhealth.com
     • evergreenhospicevolunteers@evergreenhealth.com
     • 425.899.1040
     • Facebook: Search EvergreenHealth Hospice Volunteers

Care for Victims of Human Trafficking (Ongoing)

The Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) is a grassroots non-profit that was started by survivors and their allies to stop the violence of prostitution. OPS works in three program areas: survivor services, community education, and men’s accountability. OPS accompanies survivors of prostitution in creating and sustaining efforts to heal from and end this practice of gender-based violence. By leading the community in healing the harm of prostitution, OPS will shift the social norms that support the practice of prostitution. OPS is both a social service agency and an agent of social change.

For more information about volunteering, visit http://www.seattleops.com/.  To learn more about how you can help, attend an OPS community forum meeting, such as this one:  http://www.seattleops.com/community-engagement-forum-may-1st-the-greenwood-library/.


PAST OPPORTUNITIES

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONS:  May 11, 2016 3:30-6:30 pm and May 18, 2016 3:30 – 6:30 pm.  Comfort Hand Massage Volunteers Wanted! The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is seeking licensed and insured massage therapists with daytime/weekday availability to provide comfort hand massages to our patients and caregivers in an outpatient clinic setting. Volunteers assist an average of 2 to 4 hours per week. Must be able to commit at least three months to the Volunteer Services Program. This is a great opportunity to provide a rewarding experience to patients and caregivers during a stressful time in their lives. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information about becoming volunteer, contact Fran Kwak, Volunteer Services Coordinator at:

     • sccavolunteer.org
     • volunteer@seattlecca.org
     • 206.288.1072

Help Veterans via Reflexology

On February 8, 2014 Operation Care Fair will take place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Help veterans and their families escape from the winter ‘blahs’ and the ongoing stress of repeated deployments and thank them for their service. Reflexology, through you, can help them find peace, grounding, and re-coordination of their nervous systems .  Washington Reflexology Association is seeking volunteers to work as volunteers for this event. Contact Rev. Kay Morris-Johnson at optimalself@q.com to participate in this or future events with veterans.

Check out these articles about reflexology and other therapies available to those with PTSD:
www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/108504/72
www.spiritmag.com/features/article/a_fighting_chance/

Reflexology Humanitarian Trip to the Dominican Republic, February 7-21, 2014

Dreaming of a sunny vacation south? Why not be different and make a difference! Volunteer your time as a reflexologist as part of a humanitarian trip to the D.R. – it can change your life!  Please contact Gina Stewart, RCRT and instructor at www.reflex-ions.com or newbridgechurch@wightman.ca for details on the upcoming two week volunteer trips to Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanages. Earn RCRT CEU points. Tax receipt available from Friends of the Orphans of Canada.

Reflexology Humanitarian Trip to Peru, 2013

Dreaming of a sunny vacation south? Why not be different and make a difference! Volunteer your time as a reflexologist as part of a humanitarian trip to the Caribbean – it can change your life!  Please contact Gina Stewart, RCRT and instructor at www.reflex-ions.com or newbridgechurch@wightman.ca for details on the upcoming two week volunteer trips to Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanages. Earn RCRT CEU points. Tax receipt available from Friends of the Orphans of Canada.

Help Veterans through Reflexology

On June 16, 2012 the Washington Women Veterans Conference will take place in Tacoma.  Washington Reflexology Association is seeking volunteers to work with Paul Harvey (reflexologist, researcher and teacher from California) at this event.  To participate, please contact Rev. Kay Morris-Johnson at optimalself@q.comCheck out this article from March/April 2013 about PTSD and Reflexology!   http://www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/108504/72

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