For more information on how to become a teen volunteer, Chris Sullivan can be contacted at 308-398-5564.
If you are a teenager in the Grand Island area looking to spend your time helping others, the Saint Francis Medical Center has just the position for you.
Manager of Volunteer Services Chris Sullivan says, "The teen volunteer program is for teens fourteen years of age or older who are interested in volunteering their time pretty much long term like either for the school year or during the summer for the summer months."
Those who volunteer say they often get back a lot more than they give.
Kristen Klanecky, a volunteer with Saint Francis, says, "It teaches them life skills like customer service and how to treat people, to be more empathetic for those less fortunate and it keeps kids out of trouble."
The volunteers agree it may take time to get adjusted to volunteering, but once you do it's a life changing experience.
"The more experience you have in a certain area, then the more comfortable you are with it," says Klanecky. "Like for example. I'm kind of shy, so it kind of gets me out there out of my comfort zone and I'm helping other people."
Sullivan says, "Maybe parents will say 'Get out there and volunteer' and they might do it because of that, but once they start volunteering, they really love it and they continue to do so."
And if you are looking to go into the medical field, the staff at the hospital say they would love to get to know you through the volunteer program.
"It is rewarding for me," says Sullivan. "It's very satisfying to know that I've been at this job this long and have seen different individuals grow from volunteering to now working here and love their job and it's just all a neat thing."