Volunteering is free time well spent Akron Children's accepting teen volunteer applications through March 18

Teen volunteer Chase Schertzinger

Teen volunteer Chase Schertzinger

Whether they’re interested in a medical career or looking for a way to give back to the community, volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospital is a great way for teens to spend their summer.

Sixteen-year-old Chase Schertzinger, a junior at Tallmadge High School, began volunteering at our hospital last summer. He first worked as a messenger at the information desk, where he helped with a variety of jobs, including delivering samples to the lab.

“It’s fun and really rewarding,” he said. “I really love the hospital, and I feel like I know my way around now.”

After completing the summer program, Schertzinger decided to continue volunteering throughout the school year. Now, he helps to discharge patients after surgery. He said throughout his time here, one moment stands out.

“When I was in the neonatal unit, I got to hold a premature baby,” he said. “It was just so amazing to see a baby that small.”

He plans to stay in the program until he leaves for college, where he’ll study pediatric medicine, so he can become an ER doctor. Although he knew what he wanted to study, he said volunteering in a hospital helped to solidify his decision.

“I’d like to work here one day,” he said. “Working in the ER would be different every day. I like that it’s fast paced.”

Akron Children’s volunteer department is accepting applications for teen volunteers, ages 16 to 18 years old, for our summer program at the downtown Akron campus until March 18.

For more information or to apply, download the requirements and form, or call 330-543-8424.

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