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Junior Volunteer recognized for her service to the community

Defny Yuksel

Gritman Junior Volunteer Defne Yuksel will be recognized Nov. 14 in Coeur d’Alene as one of three Outstanding Youth Philanthropists for North Idaho for her amazing volunteer work throughout the Palouse.
Yuksel, a sophomore at Moscow High School, was nominated for the award by the Gritman Foundation.

“We believe she proudly represents the Gritman Junior Volunteers and she is always actively looking for ways to serve and give back to her community,” the Foundation’s director of development, Tarrin Weber, said.

Idaho Philanthropy Day is celebrated statewide with award ceremonies to recognize the charitable work of nonprofit organizations, foundations, businesses and individuals nominated by their peers. The Idaho Philanthropy Day awards encompass the spirit of philanthropy, including time, talent, treasure and involvement in the community.

Yuksel supports her community and peers through a variety of volunteer activities and leadership roles. She is the president of the Gritman Medical Center Junior Volunteer Program where she partners with a number of departments to give her time and talents, and she helped organize the Latah County School Supply Drive sponsored by Gritman. In addition to her volunteer work with Gritman, she also volunteers at United Way of Moscow and is active with the Latah County Human Rights Task Force. She also serves as the MHS class of 2022 student body president, and this past spring she helped organize a school walkout protesting gun violence.

Yuksel said she is honored to be receiving the award, and she urged others to become more active in the community.

“I am a busy person, and I know everyone has busy lives, but you can still find time to get involved in your community and organizations like the Junior Volunteer Program,” she said.

Gritman’s Junior Volunteer Program

The Junior Volunteer Program allows teens to experience working in a hospital setting while learning new skills and building character. Junior Volunteers come from many different schools and walks of life, making the program a great way to meet new people and give back to the community.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities in the JV program, from assisting at community events to helping with patient care. Junior Volunteers also participate in fundraising, community back-to-school and food drives, and provide an extra hand at community outreach classes. Junior Volunteers provide the extra touches throughout the hospital that make a substantial difference to staff and patients’ lives.