GAINESVILLE, GA—The Medical Center Auxiliary honored more than 100 teen volunteers at an appreciation dinner last week at the Gainesville Civic Center.
“The teen volunteer program is a ‘win-win’ for the teens and the Medical Center,” said Nancy Colston, executive director of The Medical Center Foundation. “ The program gives teens the opportunity to get a head start on exploring possible medical careers, and the services the teens provide are very helpful to the patients, visitors and staff.”
Cathy Ostermann, a Teen Volunteer Committee member, presented a $500 Teen Scholarship Award to Sabrina Singh. Singh has been a teen volunteer for four summers and has given almost 250 hours of volunteer time to the Medical Center.
Lisa Geyer, a Teen Volunteer Committee member, presented The Andrew J. Dockery Teen Volunteer of the Year Award to Dustin Mauldin who has been a volunteer since 2008 and has given more than 600 hours. He is a graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and will attend Gwinnett State College and later transfer to a larger university to pursue a medical degree. He also received a $500 scholarship from The Medical Center Auxiliary.
The Medical Center Auxiliary sponsors a creative writing contest for the teen volunteers each summer. The teens are encouraged to write a short essay about what their volunteering experience has meant to them. This year’s winner was Vidya Medepalli, and Sabrina Singh received second place.
“The theme for our teen volunteer program is “Where Excellence Begins,” and our teens truly demonstrated excellence this summer giving more than 3000 hours of service at NGMC,” said Lynne Allen, director of Volunteer Services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). “The assistance our teens provided this summer has made a tremendous difference; they have not only worked hard but also they have brightened lives and lifted souls.”
Fifty-four volunteers received awards for completing 50 or more hours of service including: Dustin Mauldin and Hannah Shilling who gave 600 hours; Kayla Goodson and Yeni Taborda donated 500 hours; and Zach Grady donated 300 hours.