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    Morehouse School of Medicine Employee Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Jolita Dorsett Wainwright received the 2009 President's Volunteer Service Award for her many contributions to the community.

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    Contact: Cherie A. Richardson / 404-752-1917 / crichardson@msm.edu

    Jolita Dorsett Wainwright

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Jolita Dorsett Wainwright received the 2009 President's Volunteer Service Award for her many contributions to the community. The award, presented by President Barack Obama's Council on Service and Civic Participation honors individuals who are committed to strengthening our Nation and making a difference through volunteer service. The initiative is in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Services and the USA Freedom Corps.

    Dorsett Wainwright, a senior research coordinator in MSM's Clinical Research Center, spends her holidays volunteering in Atlanta to help those less fortunate. She affirms that volunteering has made her a well-rounded person and credits her mother as her source of motivation. "Since serving as a Girl Scout, my mom always encouraged me to give back," noted Dorsett Wainwright.

    In her congratulatory letter President Barack Obama says, "While government can open more opportunities for us to service our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation."

    Ten years ago, Dorsett Wainwright founded S.R.T. Inc. (Service, Respect and Training) because additional programs were needed in the community to support seniors and the homeless. "I wanted to start an organization that would highlight the benefit of connecting children and adults with those most in need," said Dorsett Wainwright.

    S. R.T. primarily serves Metro Atlanta, collaborates with churches, schools and other organizations and awards scholarships for its high school volunteers to attend college. S.R.T. also operates the Otis Smith Health Initiative at shelters with the help of volunteer physicians and nurses. The initiative offers free health clinics for the homeless and the uninsured. During the last two years, S.R.T. has serviced 200 people through its clinics. The organization also provides hygiene items at each event.

    "I have worked in the community with Jolita for many years. Her zeal and selflessness resonate at all times which makes her a great example of the people at Morehouse School of Medicine who are living the school's mission - serving the underserved and using their knowledge and education to better the lives of those who are often overlooked," says Dr. Priscilla Johnson, assistant director of administration and clinical affairs for the CRC. "She inspires those around her to give of themselves and keep the word 'others' as their mantra. We congratulate and celebrate with Jolita."

    For more information about S.R.T. or to volunteer, call 404-428-9448 or e-mail srtyouth@yahoo.com.


    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

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