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Summer of Service – Spotlight on Methodist’s Junior Volunteers

Posted on July 12, 2017
Anna Delahunt, Batu Odbadrakh and Macie McGill display three of the most popular deliveries made by junior volunteers – newspapers and flowers for patients, and handmade “Hugs for Heroes” baby quilts.

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 spending hours in front of the computer or around the pool. These high school students served as Methodist’s junior volunteers.

Will Hong mans the front desk in the hospital’s main lobby. Typical duties for front desk volunteers include answering the phone, assisting with deliveries and escorting patients and guests to their destinations.

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.

Some of the favorite junior volunteer activities included delivering newspapers, maga­zines, flowers and handmade items to patients.

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.