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Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is looking for people 18 and over who have a desire to make a difference by becoming a volunteer at the hospital.

The hospital is holding a Volunteer Recruitment Open House on Thursday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TLRMC front lobby. People interested in learning more about becoming a hospital Volunteer can talk to current Volunteers about their responsibilities and what volunteering means to them, see the areas Volunteers work, have an instant interview to become a TLRMC Volunteer, and enjoy light refreshments.

The TLRMC Volunteers staff the Information Desk in the hospital's main lobby, operate the Gift Shop, and perform other roles in the facility. Fundraising activities throughout the year and proceeds from the Gift Shop are used for scholarships and to purchase patient-care equipment. A few of the Volunteers work on making sock monkeys to be given to children in the hospital or having an outpatient surgical procedure done.

The Volunteers work four-hour shifts, 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. According to Patty Bratcher, Executive Assistant and Volunteer Services co-director, about half the volunteers work one shift per week with others picking up two or more. A person only needs to volunteer 24 hours every three months to remain an active volunteer.

To become a TLRMC Volunteer a person must be over 18 years old, be able to provide three references (personal and/or professional), pass a criminal background check, agree to follow the TLRMC Volunteer Guidelines, and attend two half-day orientation sessions.

In addition to making a positive difference in the community, TLRMC Volunteers receive several perks including a free meal from the hospital cafeteria on days they work, free membership to the TLRMC Fitness Center, free flu shots annually, free optional Hep B vaccinations, social events, and more.

Volunteer applications are available at the Information Desk on weekdays or anytime at www.tlrmc.com/services/volunteers. Applications will also be available at the Open House. To learn more about volunteering at TLRMC, go to the website or call Bill Oldham at 270-259-9588.