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Advance Care Planning


The success of the Advance Care Planning (ACP) initiative is a direct result of its volunteers. Your support makes it possible for people across Snohomish County to have crucial conversations about end-of-life care with their loved ones.

Whether you’re interested in facilitating conversations, hosting classes in your organization, providing individual support or lending your administrative skills, there’s a place for you in this growing healthcare initiative.


The Facilitator hosts community classes/conversations in a variety of settings (clinical settings, community agencies, faith communities, senior centers.).  The training, which is provided by the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, is based on the Respecting Choices First Steps® online course and one-day local workshop followed by job shadowing. Facilitators also attend monthly peer meetings to focus on familiarity of material, new resource material, and relationship-building among peers.


Requires volunteers who can guide people on an individual basis through the information and options of care, as well listen to care and concerns that this process may evoke. One-to-one volunteers receive free training through the Respecting Choices First Steps® online course and one-day local workshop.


An administrative volunteer assists in a variety of support activities, from assembling materials for classes to making follow up phone calls. Respecting Choices® training is not required for this position however, administrative volunteers are encouraged to attend one community class prior to beginning their position.


Advocates within organizations and the broader community can speak about the mission of the initiative and support it in their specific settings or in public forums through volunteer recruitment, class logistics, contact support, and fundraising. Although the Respecting Choices® training is not required for this position, it is available and Community Advocates are encourage to attend one community class prior to beginning their position.


How to Become A Volunteer

1)  Complete the inquiry form below which will be forwarded to the Director of Volunteer Coordination and a response can be expected within 3 days.

2)  A personal meeting will be scheduled to learn about your interests and to answer any questions you may have about the program.  You will also be provided with additional information about the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, its mission, and its Advance Care Planning Initiative. 

3)  A Washington State Patrol Background check will be processed since we are working with some vulnerable adults. 

4)  The class and 1:1 facilitators roles require specialized and consistent training on our approach to advance care planning which is per Gundersen Health System’s Respecting Choices® program.  To become certified in these roles you will need to complete and 8-hour online course (arranged and paid through the Coalition) and attend a full day workshop offered on a quarterly basis.

5)  Participate in the majority of monthly peer meetings, resource development, relational skills, and other continuing education opportunities. 

Volunteer Inquiry Form

Request more information on becoming an ACP volunteer.