volunteen summer program



A little background...

Our journey toward a strategically created summer internship program started when a coworker asked if we could meet with Barb Farmer on a team trip to Phoenix. She mentioned how passionate Barb was about youth and a program she had created in 2006 to effectively utilize students as volunteers in the hospital setting. To our growing excitement, Barb was eager to meet with us and tell us all about her program.

Barb Farmer and Dignity Health started the Summer Volunteen Program in 2006 with two volunteens (student volunteers) and by 2014 the program had grown to include 191 volunteens! The program is operated at Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional Medical Centers. Since inception, the program was awarded the Arizona Governor’s Award and has been invited to Washington DC as a concurrent presenter at the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals.


Our vision and Purpose

VolunTeens are high school students 14 to 18 years old who serve a minimum of 40 hours over the summer, without expectations of pay, to assist in a variety of needs in our White Mountain facilities. Living Hope Center’s VolunTeens have the opportunity to serve at Living Hope Resource Centers in Springerville, Show Low, and Whiteriver and Hopeful Treasures Boutique in Show Low.

The vision of the Living Hope Centers Summer Internship VolunTeen Program is to remove obstacles for youth by providing real-life, hands-on workforce experiences through a summer internship program that provides a variety of career path and education opportunities.

The purpose of the program is to effectively utilize youth volunteers ages in community organizations, offering them internship opportunities for different career paths, emphasizing the importance of volunteerism, compassion, and connection.

Imagine the impact we will make if we can help young men and women find their passion, their calling. What if we can teach these students how to be leaders and how to have financial peace? What if we can offer opportunities to these students that go above and beyond the high school education? What if we can teach them that it is OK (and often important) to reevaluate our goals and to change our direction? What if we can combat teen depression, suicide, lack of self-esteem, unemployment and drop-out rates by working with the future of our country through internship opportunities? The answer is simple — WE CAN and WE WILL.

Join us as we offer our youth an opportunity to learn and grow and discover God’s will and calling for their lives.



We offer a variety of career opportunities to explore. These include:

  • Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Fundraising
  • Retail Management
  • Program Coordinator
  • Ultrasound
  • Client Services
  • And much more!

Visit one of our resource centers listed below to pick up an application or click here to download and print an application. Submit completed application in person to the center of your choice (listed below) between February 24 and March 17. The final deadline is March 17 at 4 pm. We do not accept faxed, scanned, or emailed applications from students. Incomplete applications are not considered, and applications will not be accepted after the deadline, no exceptions.



Show Low Center

1901 E. Deuce of Clubs

Show Low, AZ 85901

Springerville Center

109 N C ST

Springerville, AZ 85938

Whiteriver Center

1107 S Maverick Ave

Whiteriver, AZ 85941