Teen volunteers honored
(Left) Simin Savani.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Auxiliary honored teen volunteers at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville.
“Each year, teen volunteers arrive to serve at our campuses with smiling faces, such positive attitudes, and good hearts,” said Nancy Colston, President and Chief Development Officer of The Medical Center Foundation. They are “capable, passionate, and have an increasing eagerness to help others and explore healthcare careers,” she said. They touch the lives of many patients, visitors, and staff.
“The hours contributed by the teens are equivalent to a value of $119,082; however, there is no way to fully measure the true value of their genuine acts of kindness and compassion,” said Colston.
Simin Savani was presented with the Andrew J. Dockery Teen Volunteer of the Year Award and a $500 scholarship. Simin has volunteered for the past two summers and given 130 hours. She graduated with honors from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and will attend the University of Georgia in the fall to pursue a degree in Computer Science. “I love bringing smiles to faces, and it gives me much joy to serve the community in this way,” said Savani.
Parth Purani, a rising senior at Buford High School who has volunteered 108 hours, was the winner of the Auxiliary’s creative writing contest for teen volunteers. The teens are encouraged to write a short essay about what their volunteering experience has meant to them.
Vamshi Pandiri was also honored as one of four teens who gave more than 200 hours of service.
“Teen Volunteers add significantly to the success of the volunteer program and truly have such a brightness while serving at the hospital campuses and with long-term care residents. They are always lifting spirits!” said Lynne Allen, Director of Volunteer Services.
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