Auxiliary Attracts New Members During Annual Luncheon

The Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary recently rolled out the welcome mat for volunteers to its organization.

The Auxiliary, one of Humboldt County's longest standing and most respected volunteer organizations, hosted an informational membership luncheon on Tuesday, January 7, with the goal of renewing memberships for existing volunteers, and encouraging other local residents to join.

The group, whose members are known by their pink jackets, serves as the fundraising arm of Humboldt General Hospital. Since the Auxiliary's inception in 1969, members have donated over $2 million to Humboldt General Hospital—money that has purchased everything from hospital beds to surgical equipment to a blanket warmer for the hospital's long-term care facility, Harmony Manor.

Auxiliary members volunteer their time at the group's main funding source, the Poke & Peek Thrift Shop, where they sort, price, display and sell clothing, toys, books and household items. Other volunteers help out at Harmony Manor and within the hospital itself.

Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary President Joe McIntyre presides over the group of more than 100 people.

"It is very rewarding," said McIntyre. "We have been able to accomplish great things together and we would love other community members to join us in that effort."

Tuesday's meeting included remarks from Humboldt General Hospital Dietary and Nutrition Services Director Tiffani Nalivka, who shared information about the hospital's newly accredited Self-Management Diabetes Education Program.

Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish also spoke to the group. He reviewed the hospital's accomplishments from the past year as well as explained HGH's next expansion project: the addition of a memory care unit as well as remodel and expansion of Harmony Manor and the Labor and Deliver, Emergency and Surgery departments.

Parrish said the project is currently in the design phase and, if approved by the hospital's board of trustees, could begin construction later this year.

The group also enjoyed a delicious soup and sandwich lunch and a drawing for door prizes.

McIntyre said the organization welcomes new volunteers throughout the year, including men and women. The Auxiliary also has several junior members.

"Whether you can donate one hour a month or two hours a week," said McIntyre, "we believe this is a cause worthy of your time."

He added, "This is a great way to give something back to the community."

For more information on the Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary, please call the Poke & Peek Thrift Shop during business hours at (775) 623-2076. Information is also available by calling Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222.