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August 12, 2022
OXFORD, MASSACHUSETTS — bankHometown recently donated $6,500 to Day Kimball Healthcare in support of its Junior Volunteer Program at Day Kimball Hospital.
The hospital’s seven-week summer program is open to area high school students interested in gaining first-hand experience working in the healthcare field while providing a valuable service to the community. Volunteers work a minimum of eight hours per week and are responsible for a variety of tasks including assisting with transporting patients, mail delivery, running errands, providing companionship and a comfort cart service to patients, and assisting staff in numerous departments. They also participate in several career exploration workshops provided by hospital staff across a variety of healthcare disciplines. In 2019 when the program was last held, students in the program contributed over 3,900 hours of volunteer service across 27 hospital departments.
“We truly missed our junior volunteers during the height of the pandemic and were so thrilled to welcome them back to Day Kimball Hospital this year with support from our friends at bankHometown,” said Kyle Kramer, CEO of Day Kimball Healthcare. “bankHometown’s ongoing commitment to our Junior Volunteer program is a wonderful partnership and better allows us to promote health care careers to a new generation, strengthening the future workforce of our community. bankHometown’s support enables us to continue this program, which has a huge impact across the board, particularly on the students who participate, as well as on the patients and staff that interact with them throughout their time here during the summer.”
“The Day Kimball Junior Volunteer Program is a great way for high school students to explore careers in healthcare while also providing invaluable community service hours,” said bankHometown President and CEO Robert J. Morton. “bankHometown is committed to helping young people unlock their potential and we’re proud to continue supporting Day Kimball Healthcare and this program for the third year.”
The donation was made as part of the bank’s charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, which reflects the roots the bank has in its communities, its commitment to making a real difference in the neighborhoods it serves, and the belief that everyone’s quality of life is enhanced when we work together to solve our communities’ biggest problems.
In the Photo
L to R: bankHometown President and CEO Robert J. Morton; DKH Volunteer Coordinator Janet Johnson; bankHometown and DKH Board Member Peter Deary; DKH CEO Kyle Kramer; DKH Jr. Volunteer Coordinator Morgan Basset; and DKH Director of Development Kristen Willis.