Florence, AL– More than 40 volunteers, including high school and college students, have dedicated their time to volunteer at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital this summer. The VolunTeen program continues to grow, with this group being the largest in the teen volunteer program history.
“It’s exciting to see so many young adults excited to learn about the hospital and serve their community,” said Amy Stanfield, Volunteer Services Director at ECM Hospital. “I was very impressed with the number of applications we received and how many people showed up for orientation. All the volunteers have great attitudes and are willing to help wherever they are needed. We are thankful that they are here, because volunteers truly are vital to the daily operation of the hospital.”
Volunteers can be found in almost every department, performing duties in clinical settings, assisting with office work and providing support to patients and employees. The teen volunteers have been placed in departments depending on their interests. Many of the students are considering a future in the medical field.
“I stumbled upon the program on Facebook and thought it would be a great opportunity to gain experience and to see how nurses work on a daily basis,” said Charlee Pigg, a student at Columbia State Community College. Pigg wants to become a Labor and Delivery nurse and expects this experience to be an invaluable learning opportunity. “So far, I have kept busy assisting the adult volunteers, restocking supplies, organizing files and even shadowing and making rounds with the Chief Nursing Officer.”
ECM Hospital values these young adults for their commitment in supporting the hospital and their community. To learn more about the program and to volunteer as a teen or adult, contact Amy Stanfield, Volunteer Services Director at 256-768-8491.