About the VolunTEEN Program
The VolunTEEN Program is popular and highly competitive. Students are selected based on a review of their application, an interview with student and parent, availability of student to work a minimum of 4 hours per week on a set schedule, satisfactory teacher reference and current immunization record. It is important that students dedicate a major portion of their time to gain the most from their experience at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
In addition to the application, the student must present 1) a copy of their Immunization Record, 2) two teacher references, 3) signed Parental Consent Form and 4) signed Authorization and Release to use Likeness / Information Form. The latter two forms can be picked up at the main lobby in the front desk or sent electronically to applicants.
The goal of our VolunTEEN Program is to provide positive, energetic students who are possibly interested in careers in healthcare with an opportunity to learn, help others, build friendships, and give back to the community. The program provides assistance to departments that could use extra sets of hands. Most departments are on the main campus at Onslow Memorial Hospital but there are opportunities at our remote sites including Onslow Primary Care on Henderson Drive, Business Office at New River Shopping Center and Onslow Rehabilitation Center on Western Blvd.
Originally started as “Candy Stripers” in the 1940s, the program has morphed into the current VolunTEEN Program (or junior volunteers) who work under the supervision of the program coordinator and also Hospital and Auxiliary staffs. The “Candy Striper” name came from the traditional uniform that volunteers wore, that looked like peppermint candy. Our uniform is still the candy stripe smock top.
Teens, boys and girls, are selected to participate in the program serve as “Ambassadors of Good Will” for the Hospital. They do this through a variety of services from working at the front desk, the gift shop or in other departments.
Why should I be a VolunTEEN?
Volunteers are integral to the success of the Hospital, thanks to their interactions with staff, visitors and patients. VolunTEENs help to make the hospital a little happier and friendlier with their caring attitudes. Volunteering can be a rewarding way to spend free time, earn valuable community service credit for school and decide whether or not to pursue a career in the medical field!
To make the VolunTEEN experience the best it can be, teens must maintain first-rate behavior at all times as their conduct reflects on the Hospital and the community. Observing all hospital policies assures a great reference for college or job applications. Failure to follow these rules will result in immediate dismissal.
How do I apply?
The next opportunity for students to serve will be the 2019 VolunTEEN Program. Please check back in January 2019 for application instructions. Registration for the Onslow Memorial Hospital 2019 VolunTEEN Program begins Jan 1, 2019 and closes Apr 15, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am available to volunteer. What is my next step?
A: Please complete the application during the appropriate application period and submit it to the Volunteer Office. Applicants will be notified for a personal interview along with parent.
Q: What are the requirements of the VolunTEEN Program?
A: Submit the application between January and mid-April to begin the interview/selection process. Commit to at least four hours of volunteer service a week for a total of 75 hours. Must receive clearance for TB test and immunizations (2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 3 Hep-B) prior to service. Attend all mandatory training and sessions dates including interview with parent.
Q: I missed the application period - what should I do?
A: Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept your application until the next open application period.
Q: What days and time do VolunTEENs work?
A: The greatest need for volunteers is Monday through Friday during the day. Evening and weekend shifts are very limited. Shifts are: Morning (8 am to 12 pm), Afternoon (Noon to 4 pm) and Evening (4 pm to 8 pm).
Q: I have a job, but want to volunteer, as well. Can I volunteer whenever I am not scheduled to work?
A: Volunteering requires you to be available the same day and same shift each week for an entire term. Coordinating a regular schedule is necessary for our VolunTEEN program to work effectively in conjunction with our hospital departments and to ensure the best experience for the student.
Q: I participate in sports and am not available for the whole summer. Can I still volunteer?
A: The VolunTEEN Program is structured to encompass at least 75 hours during the summer or a minimum of 4 hours per week every week. Please apply when you are sure you can commit to serving a regularly scheduled shift for an entire summer.
Q: Is this program only for the summer or can I work when school starts?
A: There are opportunities throughout the year and many students work year round after completing their 75 hours during the summer session. During the school year, we ask that students work 2 hour shifts versus the summer 4 hour shift. Some students will also work during school holiday breaks.
Q: I was in the program before, do I have to reapply?
A: Yes, each year all applications are reviewed so selections can be made. We cannot assume who will or will not return.
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