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Seattle/King County Clinic Collaborates with Dozens of Partners in Massive Volunteer Recruitment Effort

Volunteer registration is now open for the state’s largest free health clinic

Seattle, WA (October 3, 2023) – Volunteer registration is now open for Seattle/King County Clinic, a large-scale
free health clinic returning to Seattle Center February 15-18, 2024. With the backing of more
than 65 local and national partners, the Clinic represents a joint venture between the region’s
public, private, and non-profit sectors to help address the growing health disparities in the
In addition to financial and in-kind contributions, many Clinic partners help to recruit more than
3,000 volunteers to set up, operate, and take down the Clinic. Entities from across the state are
teaming up to support this ambitious effort, including Amazon, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
Climate Pledge Arena, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Kaiser Permanente, Philips Healthcare,
Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Seattle Center as well as more than 20 associations
for dental, vision, medical, and social work professionals.

“Kaiser Permanente and Washington Permanente Medical Group clinicians and employees are
proud to volunteer at the annual Seattle/King County clinic as it closely aligns with our mission
to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Linda Tolbert, MD, executive medical
director of the Washington Permanente Medical Group. “We’re honored to partner on this
impressive event, and to work in collaboration around providing care and support to the
thousands of patients across our region who need access to medical, dental, and vision care.”

Representing more than 75 professions and classifications, clinical and non-clinical volunteers
provide ambulatory care to thousands of un- or underinsured people in the region who are
otherwise unable to access and/or afford the care they need. Since the Clinic’s inception in
2014, 27,000 volunteers have saved the same number of patients more than $23 million in outof-pocket costs through services provided free of charge at the Clinic.

“The impact the Clinic has on the region cannot be understated. These volunteers change
lives,” said Julia Colson, Project Executive. “Many people think this is a health fair that only
serves people experiencing homelessness. What they find instead is a giant, fully functioning
clinic that serves people from all backgrounds and circumstances who simply can’t afford their
own healthcare. Volunteers are inspired by the opportunity to use their skills and expertise to
care for their neighbors and are blown away by the extent of services provided, which range
from dental extractions and prescription eyeglasses to diagnostic imaging and lab services.”

The Clinic's mission has drawn support from local leaders in a wide variety of industries and
professions. “Seattle/King County Clinic represents the best our city has to offer. It is the
collective effort of thousands of people coming together to fill an essential gap for our
community,” said Stone Gossard, philanthropist and founding member of Pearl Jam. “I was
overjoyed to participate last year and so impressed by the spirit of the volunteers, the scale of
the clinic, and the incredible impact on the patients. I look forward to returning for years to

Volunteer registration is now open at seattlecenter.org/volunteers. Clinic organizers are seeking
dental, vision, medical, and social work professionals as well as general support volunteers and
interpreters. The number of patients the Clinic can serve on a given day is directly tied to the
number of participating volunteers. Sign-ups are especially needed on Thursday and Sunday,
as well as morning shifts.

To learn more about Seattle/King County Clinic visit seattlecenter.org/skcclinic or call 206-684-

About Clinic Partners
Several community organizations collaborate to produce Seattle/King County Clinic and
contribute needed resources and expertise, including:
141 Eyewear · Amazon · America’s Dentists Care Foundation · AMN Healthcare · APTA
Washington · Arcora Foundation · Auston James Photography · Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation · Burkhart Dental Supply · Climate Pledge Arena · Cornish College of the Arts ·
DCG ONE · Delta Dental of WA · DentistLink · Dentsply Sirona · Envista · Essilor Vision
Foundation · Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center · Friends of Seattle Public Library · Gull
Industries, Inc. · Hepatitis Education Project · HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response ·
Jorgenson-Peninsula Optical Supply · Kaiser Permanente · King County Medical Society · King
County Nurses Association · KLS Martin LP ·Labcorp · Lucky Seven Foundation · Medical
Teams International · Mediterranean Inn · Meta · Microsoft · Mid-Gulf Instruments · National
Association of Social Workers - WA Chapter · Optometric Physicians of WA · Pacific Office
Automation · Peer Seattle · PhenoPath · Philips Healthcare · Project Access Northwest · Public
Health – Seattle & King County · Seattle Center · Seattle Center Foundation · Seattle Fire
Department · Seattle Housing Authority · Seattle Information Technology · Seattle-King County
Dental Society · Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs · Seattle Opera · Seattle Police
Department · Snohomish County Dental Society · SPARK · Underwood Gartland Development ·
UW Medicine / UW School of Medicine · UW School of Dentistry · Vitalogy Foundation · VOSH
Northwest · WA Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons · WA Acupuncture and Eastern
Medicine Association · WA Association of Naturopathic Physicians · WA Dental Hygienists'
Association · WA Healthcare Access Alliance · WA State Chiropractic Association · WA State
Dental Association · WA State Dental Laboratory Association · WA State Department of Health ·
WA State Nurses Association · WA State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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