When Megan Russell looks back on her years in high school and thinks about what had the greatest impact on her career plans, one thing always comes to mind: her time as a junior volunteer at CAMC.
Russell, a freshman at West Virginia University, participated in CAMC's junior volunteer program for three years. During that time, she had the opportunity to work in medical imaging, neuroscience intensive care and the Family Resource Center. All of these experiences gave Russell a firsthand glimpse into life as a medical professional.
"Being a junior volunteer helped me in many ways," Russell said. "It helped build my communication skills with individuals in a work environment, it helped with my own time management skills, and it gave me the opportunity to work with people who love what they do and made me excited about the health care field."
CAMC's summer junior volunteer program is open to applicants who are at least 15 years of age and have completed the ninth grade or above. The summer program begins immediately after the school year ends and lasts until the week before the next school year begins.
Junior volunteers have the opportunity to work in various areas throughout the hospital and gain real-life experiences in a clinical setting. From clerical work, such as organizing paperwork and helping make charts for patients, to making deliveries and running errands, these volunteers play a vital role at CAMC.
"It's really amazing to watch the growth of these high school students," said Kristy Fidler, direct of volunteer services. "Some junior volunteers start with us their freshman year and return each year. It is amazing to watch them grow and see them become ambassadors for CAMC in their schools and communities."
As for Russell, volunteering helped her realize her true passion for helping others.
"My experience as a junior volunteer not only influenced my decision to enter the health care field, but also my outlook on life," Russell said. "I want to give back to the community and make a difference in someone's life in a positive way."
CAMC's junior volunteer program is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2017. Visit camc.org/Volunteer for more information or to submit an application.