LAURINBURG — The W.R. Dulin Conference Center at Scotland Health Care System was filled on Friday for the first day of the annual Junior Volunteer program.
At the orientation program, 53 teens aged 14-18 donned the easily recognizable red scrub tops. The youth will complete various duties in many departments throughout the health system during their time in the program, at Scotland Memorial and outlying clinics.
“Whether the juniors are interested in a medical career, clerical services, or retail there is a place for anyone,” said auxiliary manager Nancy Rogers.
The program offers three, two-week sessions from June 22 until August 7. During these sessions, junior volunteers work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., providing up to 75 hours of volunteer service each. Rogers treats volunteers who have completed 75 service hours to a trip to Carowinds in Charlotte.
The volunteer office also offers two academic scholarships each year to dedicated seniors who plan to attend a college or university. Each scholarship totals $1,500, and any Scotland Health Care System junior volunteer is eligible to apply for them.
“These are two of the scholarships awarded by Scotland Healthy Care System and come directly from funds raised by our volunteers,” Rogers stated. “One scholarship is named for Ruth Bisbee, who worked 25 years with the health system volunteers, the Scotch Bonnet Gift Shop, and is a one of the former president of the volunteer program. The other scholarship is provided in memory of Joyce Smith, a longtime, dedicated Health Care System Volunteer.”
For information about volunteering at Scotland Health Care System, call Rogers at 910-291-7314. Applications for the Junior Volunteer program are accepted from March through April. Adult applicants may also visit the volunteer page at scotlandhealth.org.