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
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.