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Hospital's Teen Volunteers Make a Lasting Impact

September 26, 2012

September 2012, Low Moor, VA – Twenty-three area teens volunteered more than 550 hours at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany this summer and raised more $1,400 for the YMCA and $100 for Hike for Heart which supports the American Heart Association. Their service was part of a six-week teen volunteer program offered through a partnership between the Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Centers and LewisGale Hospital Alleghany.  The program was funded in part by a grant from the Alleghany Foundation.

To fulfill the requirements of the program, the teens had to volunteer at least twenty hours and participate in at least two of the group community service projects.  To qualify for the summer program, the teens had to be at least fourteen years old with a “C” average or above. While volunteering at the hospital, the teens performed a variety of services including basic clerical work, visiting patients, and assisting with the gift shop and information desks.  They also had a chance to job-shadow employees which allowed them to explore their interests in the medical field.

 “The teen volunteers did a great job this summer,” said Katie Durham, Teen Volunteer Coordinator. “They were enthusiastic about coming to volunteer and they worked hard all around the hospital.”

The teen volunteers participating in the 2012 summer program included Haley Alban, LaTisha Chambers, Rebekah Church, Madison Crosier, Kayla Douglas, Morganne Durham, Tanner Harmon, Kelsey Hayslett, Casey Hinkle, Miranda Hinkle, Emily Kinsey, Casey Lofton, Emily Loving, Brandi Ratliff, Michaela Robinson, Angel Shiflett, Trey Via, Jared Wallace, Jacklyn Walton, Kaylyn Walton, Samantha Wolfe, and Nicole Zierler.

Trey Via volunteered the most hours, with 61.5 hours of service. To learn more about the teen volunteer program, contact Cindy Durham at 540-862-6212.

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