PLATTSBURGH — Jerika and Kacie LaValley have spent a lot of their time volunteering for services and programs during their young lives.
This summer, the sisters have combined that love for helping others with their career goals by again signing up with the Junior Volunteer Program at CVPH Medical Center.
“It’s a positive experience when you see the smile on a patient’s face,” said Jerika, a junior at Beekmantown Central School who is taking part for the third straight summer.
“I think it’s a very good experience,” she added. “It’s given me a lot of confidence, and I’ve met a lot of people I wouldn’t have seen if I wasn’t volunteering.”
One day, Jerika wants to be a physical therapist.
“It’s good (experience) if you’re going into the medical field,” she said of her volunteer work. “It gives me a sense of what it is like working in a hospital.”
Jerika has had two knee surgeries and is currently rehabbing for next fall’s soccer season. That personal experience with sports injuries and physical therapy has cemented her interest in pursuing a career in that direction.
At the hospital, she spends a lot of her time delivering flowers to patients’ rooms and always enjoys the gratitude they show for her efforts.
LIKES HELPING PEOPLE
Kacie, who will be a Beekmantown Central sophomore this fall, is in her second summer of volunteering at CVPH.
“I think it’s a great way to get experience in the hospital,” she said as she worked in the Medical Center’s Radiology Unit. “I want to get into the medical field when I get older.
“I like working with people, helping people.”
Like her sister, Kacie has volunteered in other programs, such as Make-A-Wish, Relay for Life and the Redneck Games in Malone.