HGB provides summer volunteer program for teens

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is preparing for its popular summer Teen Volunteer program. Each year, several hospital departments welcome teens to participate and support their efforts. There are a limited number of teen volunteer opportunities available, so teens and parents are encouraged to act quickly to apply.

Teens won’t be involved in direct patient care, however, these volunteer experiences allow them to become immersed in the behind-the-scenes operations of a hospital. Along the way, they learn about health care, help hospital staff and serve their community through volunteerism. Opportunities include office tasks, assisting clinical teams, greeting visitors, helping patient families, patient food preparation assistance and delivery, cleaning, helping with maintenance, and other functions. Teen volunteers work an average of four hours per week, though hours vary depending on the interest and skill level of applicants.

To qualify, teens must be at least 14 years old at the time the program begins and must not have yet graduated from high school. Applications are available by contacting the hospital administration office at 543-1050, ext 2190 or visiting the HGB website.

Once applications are received, qualified teens are invited to attend an orientation, where they will learn about the program and express their preferences for types of volunteer roles. Teens are then assigned to a department, where every effort is made to match them with their preferred location.

The program runs from mid-June through mid-August and ends with an appreciation gathering when teen volunteers are acknowledged and receive a record of their participation. Several past teen volunteers have since pursued training and additional work in medical fields.

For more information and to receive a teen volunteer application, call 517-543-1050, ext 2190 or email mhogan@hgbhealth.com.