The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton welcomes the addition of nine new volunteers to their organization; Don Goodliffe, Jack Lane, Frances Mason, Joyce Mumaw, Krishan Patel, Ruth Renkenberger, Mike Scheidt, Judy Smith, and Cressy Spence. These Auxiliary members join more than 160 others who provide important contributions to UM Shore Regional Health’s inpatient and outpatient medical facilities throughout Easton, by raising funds and assisting with daily operations.
“We are very happy to announce the addition of these nine volunteers to the Auxiliary,” says Art Cecil president, Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton. “The community and Shore Regional Health really benefit from the services provided by our volunteers, but just as important, our volunteers benefit from their interactions with the community and team.”
According to AARP, in 2015, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) conducted a study to look at the benefits of volunteering for older adults. The study concluded that almost two-thirds of volunteers reported a decrease in feeling of isolation and 67 percent of those who first reported they often lack companionship found they had improved social connections.
“I was employed at Shore Medical Center in Easton for 38 years and enjoyed the social engagement that I had with the community” says Auxiliary member Judy Smith. “I wanted to come back as a volunteer so I could continue that interaction with patients and staff and also give back to the community by helping raise funds for the organization.”
The Auxiliary, which was formally organized in 1947, offers comfort care services for Cancer Center patients, hostess services for surgical patients, in-hospital transportation assistance and front desk reception at UM Shore Medical Center in Easton. In addition, the Auxiliary raises funds through its management of Maggie’s Gift Shop in UM SMC at Easton, the Bazaar at 121 Federal Street and various special vendor sales. Funds raised help pay for new technology, facility upgrades and educational needs for the hospital and local outpatient facilities.
The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is now seeking volunteers in all areas of service. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5839.