Enloe Volunteers: Celebrating 50 Years of Volunteers
The Enloe Medical Center Volunteers are celebrating 50 years of commitment to the Enloe Medical Center.
It all began in the mid-1960s, with a volunteer group known as the N.T. Enloe Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. It was in 1965 when the wives of the hospital’s board of trustees and staff were invited to start an auxiliary. Meg Quiggle was appointed as the first president. By February 1966, the Auxiliary presented their organizational structure to the board to begin their inspirational work as volunteers. Their first event was a luncheon at Chico restaurant Mesa held to introduce the board and community members to the Auxiliary; hey showed the movie “A Halo for a Cap,” about the role auxiliaries played at hospitals. By May, the roster grew by 75 names.
First fundraiser: The Gift Shop
The first fundraising project of the Auxiliary was opening the gift shop – a key function of Volunteer Services that is still operating today. With a $200 loan from the board of trustees, the Auxiliary was able to purchase a cart to hold the homemade keepsakes created by the women of the auxiliary to sell to patients and families who came for medical care. The loan was promptly returned to the board in payments until the final debt of $60 was forgiven as a token of goodwill for the work the volunteers were doing. Through the gift shop sales, the first donation ever made from the auxiliary to the hospital was $375 for the purchase of a wheelchair.
Since then, the dedicated and generous volunteers of Enloe have donated over $1.7 million to the hospital that contributed to projects such as the ultrasound transducer in 1997, the bedside registration equipment in 1999, the mobile nursing phones in 2000, the FlightCare helicopter in 2001, the lobby remodel in 2003, the Enloe Century project in 2006 (when the” Auxiliary” changed its name to the “Enloe Volunteers”) and a donation to cardiovascular care in 2015. The Enloe Gift Shop contributes by raising nearly $200,000 each year.
New and changing roles
In addition to these generous gifts, community members donate their time to the hospital. They carry out traditional roles in place since 1965, such as helping visitors at the information desks, now called Guest Services, and in the Gift Shop, now a beautiful store front in the hospital’s main lobby; and high school students continue to help out as “Junior Volunteers.” Hospice and recovery room liaisons came about the 1970s and 1980s; and pet visitation teams and volunteer musicians have only recently been created. In the past year, volunteer hours had a total value of over $1 million as calculated by Independent Sector.
making us better
While a dollar value can be placed on the collective work of volunteers, the real value is priceless.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Enloe Medical Center’s CEO sent a message of thanks to all the many volunteers for choosing to donate their valuable time and for all they give to Enloe’s patients and the community. He spoke on behalf of the organization when told them: “Your willingness to serve is a constant reminder to us that health care is not just a job, it’s a mission. Thank you for making our organization a better place.”
Today, Enloe Medical Center has become one of the only two independent, community-based Level II Trauma Centers in California, the only hospital in the state with its own flight care program, and one of just a few hospitals nationwide to offer an array of health services to such a large geographic area. Many of Enloe’s accomplishments over the past 50 years of its 101 years of service can be attributed to the support of dedicated volunteers who have given their time and talents to the hospital. The Enloe Volunteers’ remarkable dedication to the hospital is greatly appreciated.
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