Junior Volunteers Gain Experience and Make a Difference

Monday, July 20, 2015

OVMC Junior Volunteers Gain Experience and Make a Difference

Junior VolunteersJr. Volunteers Registration Desk

WHEELING, W.Va. – It was Winston Churchill who said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” And, that’s exactly the motivation behind the OVMC Junior Volunteers who take hours out of their summer vacation’s to provide support to 20 different departments in the hospital. 

Junior Volunteers complete an initial full-day orientation when they first begin volunteering. Most volunteer one day a week for a four-hour shift, but several of the older teens say they like it so much they volunteer two days a week.  

Erica Doyle, 14, a freshman at Martins Ferry High School said, "I get to make new friends from different schools." 

"It is always nice to put a smile on someones face," said Beighley Ayers, 15, a sophomore at Wheeling Park High School.  "Originally I volunteered to get the community service hours and now I come because I just enjoy helping people!"   

The teen volunteers serve in departments such as, patient registration, medical records, patient escort, lab registration, and the coffee cart. Mary Velez, Corporate Director of Volunteer Services said, "Our patients, visitors and staff truly appreciate all our Junior Volunteers do to brighten their day! Many of these young people are interested in entering the medical field and we are pleased to provide them with this experience."

To become a Junior Volunteer you must be at least 14 years of age or going into your freshman year of high school. After completing an application form, and a teacher/counselor reference form the teen must complete an interview with Volunteer staff. At that time, we determine the best placement for the teen based on their interview and availability. 

It is too late to volunteer this summer, but if you are interested in applying for next summer, contact the volunteer office in early 2016 to begin the application process.  The positions fill quickly so apply early!  For more information on how to become a Junior or Adult Volunteer at OVMC, please call Mary Velez at 234-8643.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.