Adult volunteers are asked to provide a minimum of four hours of service per week for a minimum of 6 months.
Volunteers are responsible for purchasing their own uniforms. The ladies wear white slacks, plain white tee, white athletic type shoes and purchase a pink smock from the department. Gentlemen wear khaki or navy slacks, blue oxford shirt, shoes comfortable for the volunteer position and purchase a navy blue vest from the department.
After a time, if a volunteer does not enjoy the area of service, the director and volunteer will discuss alternative choices and a change will be made.
It is two half-day sessions where hospital associates make presentations regarding the hospital's history, mission, standards of behavior, confidentiality, safety and infection control. These are held twice a month which volunteers must attend prior to commencing service.
September through April, the Auxiliary meets at the hospital on the fourth Monday at 10 for a General Meeting. Community speakers are brought in and it is a time for fellowship with other volunteers. The Auxiliary sponsors a number of fund raisers throughout the year and calls upon volunteers to staff the sales.
Hospital capital improvements such as the $500,000 for the Emergency Department renovation; $300,000 for the new chapel and many other improvements have been made a reality through the generosity of the Auxiliary. In addition, scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students which are renewable for four years if the requirements are met. Educational DVDs for open heart patients are available due to the financial support of the Auxiliary. Each year many other programs are assisted through the Auxiliary fund raisers and shop profits.
Meeting new individuals and developing new friendships is one of the best benefits. The hospital treats each volunteer to lunch on their birthday, Volunteer Sunday lunch, and a lunch during volunteer week on the day of their service; discounts are given at the cafeteria and in the shops when wearing the identification badge. When hospital associates are treated – so are volunteers; this may include Valentine Sundaes and a lunch during National Health Week. Volunteering is not just about donating time – it makes for good therapy for one's self!
Our Teen Volunteer Program runs through the summer months. Students who are 14 years of age through a rising senior who attend the mandatory March Organizational Meeting are eligible to apply. For additional information, phone the Volunteer Office, 838-3264, before March 1 to learn specifics.