The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, will offer a volunteer program for young adults between the ages of 13-19 starting on June 4.
The program will begin with an orientation at 9 a.m in the conference room in building 200 of the main hospital.
“This program is for any student looking for knowledge on medical jobs or clerical jobs,” said chief of voluntary services,’’ said Mike Kromoff. “They can also utilize the program for community services, which some high schools require now.”
Students in different age groups will be doing different things for the VA. Students between 13 and 15 will be doing clerical work, which consists of filing and shredding. Students have to be 15 or older to work with patients.
Some of the activities that students would be doing include helping a patient in a wheelchair get from one place to another, assisting patients or family members to get from one place to another, helping patients or family members find clinics or helping to steady a cup for a patient.
Students who work with patients will have to go through training.
“We make sure they’re trained before they work with patients,” Kromoff said. “We show them a video and work with them. A lot of the students that do the wheelchair are 17 or 18, because pushing a wheelchair is the hardest thing they have to do.”
Students would be allowed to set their own schedule. The staff will work with students based on when the student is available and would like to volunteer, he said.
The VA is encouraging all students to sign up, no matter their personality type — introvert or extrovert. Kromoff will try to place students where they fit best.
“For example, if we want waiting room attendants, we try to find outgoing personalities,” he said. “We try to place them in a position where their desires are.”
For more information on the volunteer program, call Kromoff at 926-1171, ext. 2486. Kromoff said he would like to see teens who haven’t decided on a career choice sign up.
“Come on out and give it a try,” he said. “They may open their eyes to clerical jobs or to medical jobs. They may discover they really like it.”