Monday, July 16, 2012
Students Use the Summer to Take a Lesson in Citizenship
|| Junior Volunteers, Emily Hill and Chris Cooley, begin the morning selling fruit and snacks throughout the hospital.
School is out, the pool is open, and the summer heat is the perfect excuse for a lazy afternoon. But, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, there is a group of teens who are using the summer to give back to their community rather than whiling away the hours in front of the computer or lying around the pool. These are the high school students who form the Junior Volunteers.
This year, Methodist oriented 43 Junior Volunteers who assist in many areas throughout the hospital and host special sales and fundraisers. They can be spotted making newspaper and flower deliveries, selling snacks from the fruit wagon (now running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the summer), assisting guests in the waiting rooms, offering clerical support and helping with special projects.
The program is not only a great way to keep students occupied during the summer months, it’s an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience, develop knowledge of the healthcare field, meet new people and give back to the community.
To learn more about the Junior Volunteers or the Volunteer Organization at Methodist Medical Center, call 865-835-4170 or visit www.mmcoakridge.com/volunteers.