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Volunteer Day focuses on helping students

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce TeenQuest pre-employment and leadership training program participants will celebrate Volunteer Day on Oct. 13 by volunteering at YouthQuest, the Regional Chamber’s afterschool enrichment program to pack 1,800 backpacks with school supplies.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the YouthQuest Offices 4100 Pier North Blvd., Suite A in Flint

TeenQuest is a five-week afterschool training program where youth ages 14-18 learn a set of skills that will help them be successful at school, work and home. Graduates of TeenQuest become eligible to participate in job interviews and compete for summer jobs. YouthQuest is an afterschool enrichment program for elementary and middle school students in 15 area schools. Both programs are provided by the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce.— G.G.

Hurley one of 19 in Mich. to earn Organ Donation Medal

FLINT — Donor hospitals from across the state, including Hurley Medical Center, were recognized nationally this week for outstanding accomplishments in organ donation. Medals of Honor are granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The awards were presented Oct. 4, during the Seventh Annual National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas. Nationwide, 404 hospitals earned recognition.

“This is an amazing accomplishment. The work Hurley does collectively with organ donation is a strong testament to the clinical excellence and outreach education we do day in and day out,” according to Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hurley Medical Center.

Hurley’s work with the Gift of Life is helping to close the gap in Michigan between the number of organ donors and the residents in need of a life-saving organ transplant. In 2011, 269 organ donors provided 792 organs to waiting recipients in Michigan. On average, 17 Michigan patients receive an organ transplant each week. One donor can enhance the lives of up to 50 people. — G.G.

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