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

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Gift Shop (Bucyrus/Galion)

Do you enjoy helping others? This could be the place for you. The hospital Gift Shop offers a variety of unique gifts for visitors, patients, and hospital staff. You will have the opportunity to help customers select the perfect gift for a mom and her newborn, or for a loved one in the hospital. Hospital staff also stop in to shop or grab a snack. Profits derived from sales are donated to the hospital through the Auxiliary.

Reception Desk (Bucyrus/Galion)

Greeting visitors and patients and making them feel welcome is a big part of customer service at Avita. Volunteers welcome guests, direct or escort visitors, answer general inquiries, and perform other duties as needed.

Lobby Aide (Ontario)

Duties of a lobby aid include greeting visitors and patients as they enter the hospital, offering assistance of a wheelchair, and escorting individuals to their destination.

Cafeteria (Galion)

Are you a people person and love to keep busy? You will get to know most of the Galion Hospital staff as well as meet many individuals from the community. Cafeteria volunteers operate the cash register, re-stock coffee and soda cups, and keep the tables clean.

Outpatient Surgery (OPS) Desk (Bucyrus/Galion/Ontario)

Are you an early morning person? At the Outpatient Surgery desk, you will greet patients who are arriving for surgery and their families. You will call the nurses’ desk to let
them know the patient has arrived. OPS volunteers help to keep family members comfortable and informed.

Outpatient Surgery (OPS) Aide (Galion)

Do you enjoy meeting people? OPS aides assist the Registration staff in transporting patients from the Registration desk to the OPS waiting area. Wear comfortable shoes, you will do some walking.

Mail Room (Bucyrus/Galion/Ontario)

Get to know the doctors at Avita as well as the hospital personnel as they stop in to pick up mail or send interoffice correspondence. Duties include sorting and distributing mail to various hospital departments and bring a smile to someone’s face when you deliver cards to a patient’s room.

Volunteer Application

Download our application, or fill out the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Volunteer?

Volunteerism is one of the highest forms of service. Giving back to the community enriches the volunteer’s life, provides a service to the community, and enhances the organization for which they volunteer. Volunteers are a respected part of the community and are looked upon with honor. Many volunteers have made new friends and enjoy being part of a worthwhile project.

When Would I Volunteer?

Shifts are varied; morning, afternoons, and early evenings, in three to five hour shifts, seven days a week.

What Does a Volunteer do for Avita?

  • Greet visitors at the reception desk
  • Clerk in the gift shop
  • Outpatient surgery reception. Greet and escort patients arriving for procedures
  • Distribute mail
  • Stuff envelopes
  • Operate cash register in cafeteria (Galion)
  • Clerical work at Mammography Services (Galion)
  • Take blood pressures
  • Much, much more!

How Often Can I Volunteer?

Most schedules are adapted to the availability of the volunteer and the needs of the location. 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?

Day-to-day duties take place at either Bucyrus, Galion, or Ontario Hospitals. However, occasionally volunteer opportunities present themselves, such as a health fair or at Mammography Services.

Do I Need Special Clothing?

A vest will be provided at no cost for both men and women.

Who May Volunteer?

Both men and women over the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer at our locations.

Do I Have to Help with Fundraising?

Many of our volunteers do enjoy the “fun” of fundraising and working alongside other volunteers. Fundraising 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 volunteer standards is provided by the Volunteer Department. 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 419-468-0727.

The Women’s Auxiliary Project

Project Twig

Avita Health Foundation, in collaboration with Avita’s volunteer services, proudly presents the initial phase of the development of a historical directory of the Women’s Auxiliaries membership.

Project Twig will allow Avita to keep a historical membership directory, facts and figures, and memorabilia that supports the life-long volunteerism of so many women dedicated to health care.

Once realized, the information collected in support of the Women’s Auxiliaries will help improve volunteer services and historical collection development. It will also help Avita archive and preserve the rich and robust history of the Women’s Auxiliaries.

For more information, please contact Chuck Cangelosi, Chief Development Officer, at ccangelosi@avitahs.org or Anne Awbrey, Manager of Volunteer Services, at aawbrey@avitahs.org.

Make an online gift in honor of or in memory of the Women’s Auxiliaries or a specific member.

Historical Information Collection Form