Teenage Volunteers at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
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Teenage volunteers at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital give of themselves to help others in many areas of the hospital.

Who can participate in the teenage volunteer program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital?
Teen Volunteers at Sentara Norfolk General HospitalThe Teenage Volunteer Program offers teens ages 14-18 an opportunity for involvement throughout the hospital. Teen volunteers provide thousands of hours of valuable service to our patients, families and staff, while gaining the experience and self-confidence for themselves.

Why is a teenage volunteer important?
Teen volunteers provide extra personal attention, care, warmth and service with a smile. These qualities add so much to the comfort and well being of patients, leaving the regular staff to concentrate on making patients well as quickly as possible.

What is required to be a teen volunteer?
To apply to the Teenage Volunteer Program, teens must be between the ages of 14 and 18 and in good standing with high school. In addition, they must commit to an orientation, be able to work every one to two weeks and complete the medical testing required to serve in a hospital. Teen volunteers are required to work a minimum of three hours per shift between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. during the week and between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the weekends.

How does a teen volunteer serve?
In many ways, teen volunteers help out in the departments of the hospital wherever helping hands are needed. A teen volunteer receives careful preparation for the job – an interview, orientation and on-the-job training. Volunteers are assigned tasks for which they are specifically trained. Each volunteer works the hours they schedule with hospital personnel. Once volunteers make the commitment to follow a set schedule, they are expected to adhere to that schedule.

Where are teen volunteers needed? 
Reception desks
Surgical units
Medical units
Gift shops
Emergency department
Women's health services
Cardiac services
Outpatient services

What are the rewards of being a teenage volunteer?
Adding to personal development 
Contributing to community 
Learning to work with people 
Gaining experience in health care 
Gaining experience that may lead to future career opportunities 
Earning volunteer hours necessary for college and/or scholarships

How can I sign up?
To join this exciting program, please contact Kelly Divita, volunteer coordinator, at (757) 388-3461 or kedivita@sentara.com.



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