(BELLEVILLE, IL) – A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents service before self. During National Volunteers Week, April 23-29, 2017, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is inviting the community to join the ranks of the Auxiliary Volunteers at the hospital. 
This year’s theme for National Volunteers Week is “Make the World a Brighter Place” and our Auxiliary Volunteer members do just that each and every day at the hospital. From welcoming visitors, working on special projects to support departments or just visiting with patients, the Auxilians make a huge difference in the day-to-day functioning of the hospital and especially to those in a time of need. 
The Auxiliary was created in 1935 to support St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, its numerous programs and partnering organizations. The Auxilians promote the hospital within the community and plan special events throughout the year to raise funds for health care scholarships and to purchase items for the hospital.
Being a volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s is a rewarding and challenging experience. Volunteering also provide a distinct sense of purpose, where each persons' individual skills are truly needed and valued.
In this year of planning for St. Elizabeth’s move to the new hospital, becoming an Auxiliary Volunteer provides additional opportunity to be part of a historic project for the entire region. Volunteers’ time will be needed for the many public events and open house leading up to and beyond the opening of the facility in November of 2017. 
Youth Volunteers are also welcome. They must be 16 years of age or older and be able to work during the summer months. Volunteering helps young adults gain an insight to the medical professions as well as enhance their sense of responsibility and work ethic.
If you or someone you know is interested in ways to stay active in the community while helping others, please contact Donna Meyers, Director Mission Integration/Pastoral Care/Community Benefit, at 618-234-2120, ext. 2132 to learn more about the Auxiliary Volunteers or visit http://steliz.org/Giving/Auxiliary-Volunteers.

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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