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Webb expands teen volunteer program

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:00 pm

Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center’s summer teen volunteer program has been so successful the hospital’s staff decided to extend the program to provide year-round volunteer opportunities to local youth.

“During the summer, we had many teens filling various daytime shifts throughout Banner Del E. Webb. As the summer came to a close, teens were excited to find that they would have an opportunity to continue volunteering into the school year.” said Charlotte Confer, volunteer coordinator at the hospital.

Banner Del E. Webb hosted 57 teen volunteers, who gave more than 3,300 hours at the nonprofit hospital this summer. Teens volunteered in 35 different assignments through Banner Del E. Webb.

When teen volunteers Julie Mattes and Brianna Johnson thought about what they wanted to do over the summer, they did not have the typical teenage recreational activities in mind. The two teens wanted a chance to get up close and personal with what could be their future careers.

“I want to go into the medical field so I wanted to get the experience,” Mattes said.

She and Johnson served in a number of positions, from coffee shop runner to operating room and ICU assistants.

“I began volunteering in the OR, and when I could not find a summer job I decided to also pick up volunteer hours delivering coffee,” Mattes said.

“I loved working in surgery, but I do not think I would pursue work in the ICU,” Johnson said.  

“We are excited to already have more than 30 teens who have joined the year-round teen volunteer program at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and who are already serving in various weekly assignments on evenings and weekends during the school year.” Confer said.  

If you know of teens who may be interested in obtaining more information or applying for the volunteer program have them email charlotte.confer@bannerhealth.com.

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