Become a Volunteer
One of our most valuable resources is the Southwest Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. This group of dedicated volunteers collectively contributed almost 10,000 hours of their time during 2011 to the service and support of the hospital, its patients, and the community. They are a diverse group with many different backgrounds, experiences, and interests. The role of each volunteer is important as they provide a service unique to their own life experience. They are resilient, like-minded people — a steadfast group determined to give what they can for as long as they are able. This is the true spirit of volunteerism!
A visitor to Southwest Memorial Hospital will find friendly smiles and a helping hand from more than 20 volunteer members of the hospital's auxiliary. Since 1958, the Southwest Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has played a vital role in the day-to-day operation of the hospital.
Auxiliary members contribute by transporting patients, running errands for patients, delivering flowers and cards, working in the gift shop, providing clerical backup, making appointments for special hospital sponsored health screenings, delivering reading material to patients, serving beverages and myriad other duties.
In addition to their time at the hospital, many Auxiliary members work at home creating beautiful handmade articles which are donated to be sold in the Auxiliary Gift Shop located in the hospital lobby.
Throughout the year there are numerous groups and individuals who volunteer to complete special projects for the hospital. We welcome community participation in the hospital at any level of commitment an individual can make. Volunteering is a winning opportunity. It is beneficial to individuals, to families, and to businesses. But the greatest benefits are to the communities where we live and work.
Southwest Memorial Hospital offers many opportunities for volunteers. Most volunteers serve an average of four hours a week and engage in many activities including:
- Same Day Surgery Clerical Assistant
- OR Department Clerical Assistant
- Admitting Department Clerical Assistant
- Juice Cart
- Help with patient discharge
- Gift Shop Sales Clerk
- Flowers and Mail Delivery Person
- Pet Therapy
- Positions may be developed for people with special interests and skills, too
Call Jessie Pickens at 564-2483 to learn how your skills and interests can help our hospital.
“One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was a volunteer.”
Forty-four percent of all American adults volunteer today, which is 83.9 million Americans. This represents the equivalent of more than 9 million full-time employees!