Lake Regional Health System is accepting applications for the 2018 Junior Volunteer Program, which begins in June. Civic-minded young people, ages 14 to 18, who are interested in making a difference in their community are encouraged to apply.
"Volunteering is one of the best things you can do for your future," said Betty Coleman, Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary's Junior Volunteers coordinator. "Once you start, you realize the benefits are endless, and it's something many people continue to do for the rest of their lives."
There are 10 hospital departments that accept volunteers. Duties in each department vary but could include delivering mail, working with patients, directing visitors or preparing food. Hours vary depending on the department. The Auxiliary office will work with each volunteer to schedule around work or school-related activities.
Junior volunteers will receive service pins and certificates upon completion of 50 hours of service. Also, deserving individuals often are given letters of recommendation to accompany their college applications.
"The standards for academic excellence are becoming higher," Coleman said. "It's not enough to have good grades and test scores anymore, especially for students hoping to secure a scholarship. You have to show that you have leadership skills, are responsible and care about something outside yourself. Volunteering is a great way to demonstrate these qualities on a resume or college application."
Applications for Lake Regional's 2018 Junior Volunteer Program must be completed and returned to the Auxiliary office by noon Friday, May 11. Documents received after the deadline will not be considered.
Orientation will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, June 1, at Lake Regional Hospital.