MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals is offering a unique chance for Morgantown youth to make a big difference in someone’s life and maybe learn something along the way. The Junior Volunteer program is asking for compassionate and friendly volunteers, ages 14-18, who are willing to dedicate a small portion of their time to help others this summer.

Junior Volunteers can work in various areas of the campus such as the Friends Gift Shop, hospital information desk, medical records, Ruby Day Surgery waiting room, Rosenbaum Family House, Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Cheat Lake Physicians.

To be considered, volunteers need to submit an application between the dates of April 11 and May 13. Once applications are received, potential volunteers will be contacted for an interview.  The interview process allows the hospital to learn a little bit more about the applicants and determine which areas they can help the most. During the interview, volunteers will also get a chance to find out more about the program. Junior volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 must have a parent or legal guardian present at the time of the interview.

Before work begins, the volunteer will be scheduled for orientation, which will cover basic information on the hospital as well as policies and procedures such as patient confidentiality and dress code.

Volunteers will be scheduled for four-hour shits and have the choice of morning, afternoon or evening hours. Team members are required to work only four hours each week but are expected to work at least 40 hours a semester.

The Junior Volunteer Program started in the early 1980s and averages of 40 to 50 volunteers each summer.

For more information on the volunteer programs or to apply visit

For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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