Hospitals encourage young people to get involved with their volunteering programs. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers Young Volunteers programs for students ages 14 to 18 or 18 to 25. Volunteering is a great way for high school students to beef up their college applications, and volunteering at the college level will look great on any résumé.
Benefits of Being a Hospital Volunteer
You'll reap many rewards by volunteering at a hospital. You get to see the smiling faces of the patients you're helping and know that the work you are doing is making a difference. Along with the feel-good rewards, you can also receive some additional benefits, depending on your hospital. At the University of Chicago Hospital Medical Center, you'll receive the following as a volunteer:
- Free parking
- Reduced employee rates at the UCMC Academy for enrichment classes
- Participation in the Annual Volunteers Recognition Banquet
- Free health screenings
- Free skills training for your volunteer position
At the Mayo Clinic in Florida, you'll receive a quarterly volunteer newsletter, free flu shots, invitations to social events, complimentary meals, discounts at the gift shop and pharmacy, and access to employee activities and classes.
If you're looking to launch a career in the medical profession, volunteering at a hospital will start you off on the right foot. You'll get hands-on training and make lots of professional connections.
Whether it's performing simple administrative tasks or hosting a fundraising event, anyone who volunteers at a hospital will affect many lives for the better.
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