Monday, 10 December 2012 00:00
West Islip High School sophomore Vincent Macaluso knew in middle school that he would pursue a career in medicine. After being diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor at 11 years old, he decided he wanted to be a doctor and help save lives, like his physicians at Good Samaritan Hospital. Vincent is a triplet and has always had a lot of influence over his two brothers, Gianni and James. Being as close as they are, their mother, Margaret, was not surprised when all three boys signed up in the junior volunteer program at Good Samaritan.
“The boys each have their own interests outside school. Gianni is into fitness, James is an avid reader and Vincent enjoys basketball. However, they share a commitment to making a difference as volunteers,” said Mrs. Macaluso. “They also have followed the example of their older brother, Salvatore, of giving back to their community. He volunteered at the hospital when he was in high school.”
Junior volunteers at Good Samaritan have the opportunity to enhance their personal development and learn skills that assist the hospital in providing important services to the community. After completing specialized training including a CPR class, volunteers are assigned roles in areas such as transport, medical records, and acute care for the elderly and reception. The Macaluso boys will put their talents to use in one of the many areas of the hospitals, which benefits from volunteers.
“The Junior Volunteer program is the living example of people in action. The nearly 7,000 hours donated in 2011 assisted Good Samaritan in countless ways and benefited the participants with added experience, responsibility and maturity,” said Volunteer Coordinator Susan Grimm.
The program is managed by adult volunteers. They provide a structured program that is flexible to meet students’ needs and schedules in exchange for quality and reliable service. Opportunities for competitive scholarships are available for those going on to study in the medical field.
For more information about the Junior Volunteer Program at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4444.