Student Earns Soroptimist Volunteer Award for Work With Coastal Volunteers in Medicine
A Southern Regional High School student’s service with Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, an organization providing health care for the uninsured, has earned her a volunteerism award from Soroptimist International of Long Beach Island. Julia Thompson, 16, a sophomore, was recognized with the Violet Richardson Award for Community Service.
Thompson’s hours with Coastal VIM are a perfect fit – she plans to enter the nursing field.
At the Barnegat-based office of Coastal VIM, the student’s service is considered “invaluable,” said board member Celia Mendelsohn.
“She provides administrative support by making calls, organizing charts and updating information for our clinicians. She has organized schedules, prepared paperwork and made appointments for the flu clinic we offered. She provides her technical skills to track and maintain information on our drug inventory. She is a quick learner and able to wear many hats, which is so important to a nonprofit organization that is dependent on volunteer time.”
Thompson, in turn, said she has found “wonderful mentors” at Coastal VIM, where the medical staff and others also volunteer their time at the free, non-emergency family clinic.
Thompson said, “While working with CVIM for the past few years, I was surprised how many people in the community were in need of these services. I saw how caring all of the people who volunteer there are.”
The $250 cash grant given with the Violet Richardson Award was passed on to the Coastal VIM organization, in keeping with the tradition of the award.
The Soroptimists’ Violet Richardson Award is given to a student between ages 13 and 17 who is very active in volunteer services. Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls.
The Long Beach Island branch has several members who are associated with Coastal VIM. One of them recommended Thompson for the award because of her work with the organization. When Awards Committee Chairwoman Marianne Green looked at Thompson’s bio, she agreed.
“I thought, she’s doing something that we as a women’s group represent; we’re really into making sure that people are taken care of. She was very excited to be chosen, and we are very fortunate to have Julia as a volunteer.”
Thompson thanked the Soroptimist club for the “great honor” bestowed upon her. She is also progressing toward her Gold Award for Girl Scouts and will be working with CVIM on a CPR Awareness program that CVIM can continue to use in the future.
“Because of CVIM I have made new friends and found wonderful mentors who have taught me a lot about nursing and much more,” Thompson said. “I am so thankful to be able to say that CVIM will also be assisting me with my Girl Scout Gold Award Project about CPR training. All in all, I am incredibly honored to be working with such a magnificently kind and caring organization that truly just wants to help everyone they can.”
— Maria Scandale