For more than 60 years, the Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary has been supporting the Hospital’s commitment to provide the best possible healthcare services. Starting with the original building on Morgan Street in the early Fifties, the Auxiliary’s volunteers have engaged in an ongoing campaign to help raise money, morale, and levels of care for the Hospital’s patients and staff members.
Now, as the modern, new Carlinville Area Hospital moves into its sixth year, the Auxiliary volunteers’ commitment and dedication are as strong as ever. The Auxiliary today lists more than 170 members, which makes it one of the largest service organizations in Macoupin County.
The membership is diverse. It includes men and women, volunteers from age 16 to 96, people from a broad array of occupations, backgrounds, and incomes. What binds this eclectic group is a desire to support the Hospital and, ultimately, the Carlinville-area community. By enhancing the Hospital’s goals, the CAH Auxiliary enriches and fosters pride in the entire community.
A primary goal of the Auxiliary is to raise money to help the Hospital buy additional equipment, including state-of-the-art computer technology, and provide special services that make the patient’s hospital stay more comfortable and more rewarding.
To raise these funds, the Auxiliary engages in special projects that are managed by its volunteers. These include:
* The Retail Therapy gift shop, located in the lobby, serves the gift and notions needs of patients, visitors, and hospital staff members.
* The CareLink® Medical Alert Service helps to keep your loved ones safe and secure while maintaining independence within their home. CareLink allows anyone living at home to quickly summon help at the touch of a button 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
* The Auxiliary-sponsored blood drives. In cooperation with the Central Illinois Community Blood Center (sole supplier of blood to CAH), the Carlinville drives do not directly generate money but do provide life-saving blood to Carlinville Area Hospital and other healthcare facilities in CICBC’s central Illinois region.
* The Auxiliary’s Greeting/Escort service provides volunteers stationed in the CAH lobby to greet patients and visitors and direct them to their destination in the Hospital or the new, attached Medical Office Building.
The Auxiliary encourages area men and women to join its dynamic organization. Volunteers and prospective volunteers are invited to attend a dinner meeting on the second Tuesday in May or November. Members are also welcome to attend Auxiliary board meetings on the second Tuesday in February and August.
Active members – those who are involved in the Auxiliary’s programs and projects – pay just $10 a year for dues. Inactive members pay $15 a year and are not required to participate in Auxiliary activities but certainly may do so if they wish.
Come join us. Contact Jamie Bray at 217-854-3868. We welcome your help!