November 14, 2011 — The Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH) Auxiliary is looking for new members to help boost its core of 50 volunteers who provide a wide range of patient support services at the hospital.
“All you need is a willingness to volunteer for 60 hours per year,” said Carol Steele, Auxiliary President. “We have members ranging in age from teens to more than 90 years, so age is no barrier. There are plenty of jobs available for people of all interests.”
Wide Range Of Opportunities
Volunteer duties recently have included helping out at the Health and Wellness Fair and Noyo River Runs, making patient appointment reminder calls, picking up and delivering hospital mail, delivering wheelchairs to different departments, providing directions to visitors and patients and offering general assistance of all kinds, according to Steele.
The Auxiliary offers two four-hour shifts. The 8 a.m. to noon shift might stock milk and juice for patients on medical and surgical units or assemble charts for doctors and nurses, while the noon to 4 p.m. shift often helps with patient menus.
Besides daily support activities, the Auxiliary volunteers also staff the information desk and hospital gift shop in the North Lobby. The gift shop is the exclusive distributor of Sees Candy on the Mendocino Coast and offers a variety of handmade items for newborns, including receiving blankets, quilts, booties, as well as gifts for adults.
“The Auxiliary and its volunteers give in so many ways,” said Steele, who noted that the total number of volunteer hours during a single month usually ranges from 600 to 800 hours.
Giving More Than Time
Proceeds from the gift shop total more than $15,000 annually, while another $1,500 comes from the Auxiliary annual holiday fruit and nut sale. Of that, the Auxiliary in 2010 awarded scholarships totaling $11,000 — including one for $2,000 — to local college-bound high school students.
To Volunteer, Or For More Information
For more information or an application to volunteer, call 961-1234 and ask for Carol Steele, or visit www.MCDH.Org/about/hospital-volunteers.