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August 8th, 2011
CTMC honors young volunteers

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Members of CTMC’s 2011 Junior Volunteer Program.

STAFF REPORT

Central Texas Medical Center welcomed 44 local youths onto its campus as part of the hospital’s annual Junior Volunteer Program.

Each volunteer spent five weeks during the summer working with, and learning from CTMC doctors and professionals in many fields. The volunteers range in age from 13 to 18. Each student spent a minimum of four hours — sometime a whole day — offering their services around the hospital five days a week. The volunteers served in all areas of the hospital, and several of them volunteered for all five summers they were eligible.

The latest round of volunteers constitute the largest group of students in the program’s 13 year history, according to the medical center.

”The Junior Volunteer program is a wonderful experience for the teens and for CTMC,” said CTMC Volunteer Services Coordinator Belinda Gardner. “The young men and women learn valuable life skills, such as community service and business etiquette, that they will one day use in their careers. On the other hand, our staff here at CTMC has the privilege of watching these young volunteers grow into leaders in our community.”

The program matches the teens with a member of the CTMC Auxiliary. The partnership is intended to foster courtesy, professionalism and a strong work ethic. Some of the past Junior Volunteers have gone on to pursue a medical career because of their experience at the hospital.

The Junior Volunteer Program is one of many volunteer opportunities at the hospital. For the Junior Volunteers who wish to continue volunteering beyond their 18th birthday, CTMC has a supplemental volunteers program. There are also volunteer opportunities with the CTMC Auxiliary, Hospice, Gary Job Corps, and internships. In 2010, CTMC had a total of 296 active volunteers, according to the hospital.

For more information about the Junior Volunteer Program or other volunteer opportunities with CTMC, call Belinda Gardner at 512-753-3685 or visit www.ctmc.org.

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