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Volunteer Lauren Erger.

Volunteering to Learn Lauren Erger has always had a passion for meeting new people and learning new things. Erger, a longtime employee of SSM Health Care, has held many different positions with the company, from medical assistant to her current role as a professional coder. She already has a communications

degree from Fontbonne University, and recently decided to take classes to acquire an additional minor in marketing. She holds certification as an EMT and in her spare time, she continually tackles remodeling projects on her home in Mehlville.

Erger became a member of Nine Network in 2008 and attended a few of Nine’s special events as a guest. There, she was drawn in by the “very warm and inviting community,” and made the commitment to also contribute her time to the station.

Despite her busy life, in 2013 Erger gladly added “Nine volunteer” to her activities. Nearly every week, she helps out during the broadcast of Stay Tuned, Nine’s live, Thursday night public affairs series. Erger says, “I enjoy learning something new about nearly any topic; therefore, all the material covered since the program began has been interesting to me.” She likes meeting the wide variety of people who are guests on the show and loves the “great energy” in the studio that comes from “impressive, spirited and enthusiastic conversation” generated by program participants. The erudite atmosphere gives her plenty of material, she says, to “spark up” her own conversations.

Although there are many reasons that she decided to volunteer, Erger says the main one is, “I find this organization to be very focused on an excellent goal, to add to or better the lives of individuals from youth to the elderly. I hope to play a part, in whatever small way, in making a contribution to their mission.” Erger has worked on many different projects during her time as a Nine Network volunteer. In addition to volunteering weekly on Stay Tuned, she has been a part of the Ignite Innovation town hall broadcast, helped staff Nine’s booth at the Belleville Art Fair and answered phones on-air during membership drives. —Amanda Christian

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