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Students Use the Summer to Take a Lesson in Citizenship

Posted on July 12, 2016
From left, Katie Starnes, Ryann Whitson, Henry Shen and Katie Law assemble falls-prevention packets used for patient care. They are just a few of the 45 Junior Volunteers who have taken time from their summer vacations to serve at Methodist Medical Center.
From left: Katie Starnes, Ryann Whitson, Henry Shen and Katie Law assemble falls-prevention packets used for patient care. They are just a few of the 45 Junior Volunteers who have taken time from their summer vacations to serve at Methodist Medical Center.

When school is out for the summer, many teens look forward to sleeping in, hanging out with friends and enjoying the freedom of a few unscheduled weeks. But, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, a group of teens used the summer to give back to their community rather than while away the hours in front of the computer or around the pool. These high school students served as Methodist’s Junior Volunteers.

The Junior Volunteers are part of Methodist’s larger volunteer program, and like their adult counterparts, the students assist in many areas throughout the hospital and host special sales and fundraisers to support the patients and services at Methodist Medical Center.

This summer, the Junior Volunteers’ fundraiser included a doughnut sale. They also ran the operation of the fruit wagon and snack cart, which sells goodies around the hospital three days a week.

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.

Methodist is proud to work with this motivated group of students and appreciates their willingness to serve the hospital and 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.