SAN MARCOS, TX – As the summer started, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) welcomed 44 area youths onto the hospital campus as part of its annual Junior Volunteer Program. It’s the largest group of students in the program’s 13 year history. Each of the students spent five weeks of their summer vacation working with, and learning from, CTMC employees. The volunteers range in age from 13 to 18. Each student spent a minimum of four hours a day, some spending a full day, five days a week offering their services around the hospital.
”The Junior Volunteer program is a wonderful experience for the teens and for CTMC,” said Belinda Gardner, CTMC Volunteer Services Coordinator. “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 up with a member of the CTMC Auxiliary. The partnership is credited with creating lessons in courtesy, professionalism and strong work ethics. The junior volunteers serve in all areas of the hospital. Several of the young men and women have volunteered for all five summers they were eligible.
The Junior Volunteers had the opportunity to learn from doctors and professionals in many fields. Some of the past Junior Volunteers have gone on to pursue a medical career because of their experience at CTMC. The Junior Volunteer Program is one of many volunteer opportunities at CTMC. For the Junior Volunteers who wish to continue volunteering beyond their 18th birthday, CTMC has Supplemental Volunteers. There are also volunteer opportunities with the CTMC Auxiliary, Hospice, Gary Job Corp, internships and community service. In 2010, CTMC had a total of 296 active volunteers.
For more information about the Junior Volunteer Program or other volunteer opportunities with CTMC, please call Belinda Gardner at 512-753-3685 or visit www.ctmc.org.