VOLUNTEERING AT AVITA
The Bucyrus & Galion Auxiliaries are a true part of the Avita Health System team. They work to make things better for patients and hospital staff. They dedicate 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 200 individuals volunteering their time and resources to support the hospital.
5 Reasons to Volunteer:
- Improves your mood
- Enriches sense of purpose
- Good for mental health
- Opportunities for social connections
- Promotes healthy physical activity
Each auxiliary supports its 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 schedule times best suited to their talents and lifestyle. 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.
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 the hospital.
Volunteers sort and deliver mail to various departments within the hospitals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When would I volunteer?
Typically 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?
- Distribute mail
- Greet people at reception desk
- Stuff envelopes
- Operate cash register in cafeteria
- Clerk in the gift shop
- Clerical work at the Mammography Center
- Take blood pressures
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. Volunteering can be weekly, bi-weekly, just in the summer/winter months, or when needed. Many other options are available.
Where would I volunteer?
Bucyrus, Galion, & Ontario Hospitals 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 vest will be provided at no cost to the volunteer.
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:
- Tina Martin, Volunteer Coordinator: