RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County
40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights NJ 07922

FOR RELEASE: February 8, 2012
CONTACT: Margaret “Peggy” Salisbury (908) 771-5730
Norma T. Sheld (908) 771-5815

Junior Volunteers Make a Difference at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital


Members of the Union High School Key Club volunteer numerous times during the course of the year at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital. They are shown here getting ready to work at the annual Holiday Gift Giving. They acted as Santa’s helpers, giving out the holiday gifts and there is a rumor that one of them even impersonated Santa himself.

The Key Club volunteers are, left to right: (Back row) – Christopher Marica, Yaa Kyerematng, Emily Corona and Henry Uran. (Front row) Steven Suede, Adarsh Shah,  Shivani Patel, Nicole Grandeza, Key Club President, Raizza Gonzales, Kim Henson and  Devon Gallucci.

The start of a new year is a great time to show appreciation for kindness shown during the old year. It’s also a good time to look ahead to what we can do for others. This is as true for teenagers as it is for adults and is a way of life for volunteers of all ages at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights.

Throughout the year, junior volunteer opportunities for those at least 14 years old include teaching patients and residents to use computers; escorting them to Sunday services and Occupational or Physical Therapy; assisting residents to complete ceramics projects; playing interactive games like bingo with residents and serving refreshments.

Volunteering can be beneficial to teens who are exploring career opportunities and planning on college. Time spent as a junior volunteer at RUNNELLS gives students the chance to observe several professions in the healthcare field, and, of course, it’s an important part of a college application.

“By becoming a junior volunteer at RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County you can make a difference in the lives of the residents and patients there and get a glimpse of various healthcare professions,” explains Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright of the Township of Union, RUNNELLS liaison. “Let me encourage both individuals and youth groups to become junior volunteers at RUNNELLS for single occasions or for regular volunteer work.”

Volunteer hours are flexible.  Anyone who would like further information should call the Office of Volunteer Services at 908-771-5847.