Frequently Asked Questions
Responses to questions that are commonly asked by patients, volunteers and the general public about Seattle/King County Clinic.
1. When and where will the next Clinic take place?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Seattle/King County Clinic at Seattle Center is canceled.
2. What is Seattle/King County Clinic and who is behind it?
The Clinic is a 4-day, volunteer-driven healthcare event at Seattle Center. It provides free dental, vision, and medical care to people in need. It is a community endeavor led by Seattle Center and produced in collaboration with many partner organizations.
3. Who is eligible to receive services? Is it limited to residents of Seattle and King County?
No, it is not limited to residents of Seattle and King County. All are welcome. The Clinic is targeted at people who struggle to access or afford healthcare. The only requirement to receive service is that a person waits their turn in line to get a free admission ticket at the beginning of each Clinic day.
4. I’m interested in volunteering. How do I sign up?
Please sign up on our volunteer roster. Go to seattlecenter.org/volunteers and find the blue CLICK TO SIGN UP button. If there are no clinic events currently listed (open for registration) for you to select, complete all information on the form except the EVENT section, then SAVE AND SUBMIT the form to be added to the roster. We will send notifications to people on the roster when registration opens, and you can select your desired event(s), day(s) and assignment(s).
5. Who pays for the Clinic?
Seattle Center and its non-profit fiscal agent, Seattle Center Foundation, work year-round to raise the money and resources needed to produce the Clinic. The annual base need to produce the Clinic is approximately $750,000. Some of this resource comes from in-kind donations, the other part is needed in cash. With this base, the Clinic can provide more than $2.5 million in care to patients.
6. Are any of the services billed to insurance, by the healthcare practitioners or the Clinic?
No. All the healthcare practitioners at the Clinic are volunteers, and they provide their services without compensation.
7. How can I make a donation?
Thank you for considering a donation – any amount helps! Donations can be made by clicking the yellow DONATE button in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
8. I have equipment and supplies that I would like to donate. How can I do that?
Please email SKCClinic@seattlecenter.org and let us know what you have available, in what quantity and in what condition so we can evaluate whether it is something that we can use at the Clinic.
9. I was a patient in previous years. How do I get a copy of my healthcare records?
Visit seattlecenter.org/skcclinic/patient-records/ to download the request form. Complete and submit the form per the instructions provided.
10. I have a current healthcare need, do you know of other places that can help?
Yes, please go to seattlecenter.org/patients to find lists of other healthcare resources by county in Washington State.