The Galion and Bucyrus Auxiliaries are a true part of the Avita Health System team. They strive to make things better for patients and hospital staff. The Auxiliary dedicates countless hours on event planning, fundraising, and non-clinical patient care. Bucyrus Hospital’s Auxiliary was founded in May 1957, and has almost 200 volunteers who actively help around the hospital. Founded in 1954, Galion Hospital's Auxiliary also has around 200 individuals graciously dedicating their time to the hospital.
Avita Health System's Auxiliaries are truly a part of each hospital team and subscribe to the Mission, Vision, and Values of Avita. The Auxiliaries support their respective hospital through volunteer service and community relations, as well as fundraising.
The open hands and caring hearts of our volunteers provide an invaluable service to patients, their families, and our staff. Volunteers may choose an area of service and/or times best suited to their talents and schedule. Placement is based on skills and interests of the volunteer, as well as hospital needs.
Avita Health System volunteers give back to the community and make a difference by giving thousands of hours of service each year in many different ways:
Volunteers meet and greet all individuals entering the hospital, distribute visitor cards, and escort patients to various departments in the hospital.
Volunteers direct patients to the Surgery Department and offer help and assistance to family and friends in the waiting area.
Volunteers sell items to hospital visitors, patients, and staff. All proceeds from the gift shops are donated back to Avita.
Volunteers sort and deliver mail to various departments within the hospitals.
JUNIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Students 13-years-of-age or older may volunteer in the Dietary Department preparing and delivering patient meal trays, as well as other kitchen duties. Students may also volunteer at the front desk as a receptionist for either hospital.
When would I volunteer?
Shifts are varied. Usually between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., in three to five hour shifts, seven days a week.
What do volunteers do for Avita?
How often can I volunteer?
Most schedules are adapted to the availability of the volunteer and the needs of the hospitals. Every effort is made to be flexible. It can be weekly, bi-weekly, just in the summer/winter months, or when needed. Many other options are available.
Where would I volunteer?
Bucyrus Hospital and Galion Hospital occasionally have volunteer opportunities at off-site locations such as a health fair or at the Mammography Center, but most volunteer opportunities are at the main hospitals.
Do I need special clothing?
A smock for ladies or a blazer for gentlemen will be provided at no cost to the volunteer.
Who may volunteer?
Both men and women are welcome. In addition, students ages 13 to 18 may also apply.
Do I have to help with fundraising?
Many of our volunteers do enjoy the fun of fundraising and working alongside other volunteers. It is an added benefit to the hospital as well. Fundraising is not a requirement.
What training and/or skills do I need?
Training to meet Avita's standards is provided by the hospital. Skills you already have may also play a part in what you choose to do.
For an application or additional questions, please call the Volunteer Services offices at:
Leave your name and address and we will be happy to send you an application. Or, if you choose, pick up an application at the reception desk or print one using the link in the upper right side of this page. After returning the application, you will be contacted for a short interview and discussion.