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What special programs are auxiliary members involved in at the hospital?
Auxiliary members assist in a variety of activities — from working at the gift shop or second-best shop and helping at weekly blood pressure clinics, to providing meals to homebound Coronado residents by participating in the Meals on Wheels program. Fundraising events, including book fairs and patio sales, also take place throughout the year to support the hospital.
Will any new volunteer opportunities be available in the New Year?
The volunteer baking program can grow now that the hospital’s second floor has been remodeled with a kitchen that is open to families and visitors. Also, more volunteers can help with the Life Memories Storytelling program. The program connects volunteers to interview long-term patients and collect memorable items from their past for a scrapbook. The book is given to the patient to enjoy and share with their family, and a copy of the information is then included as part of the patient’s medical record.
What is one of your favorite memories as a volunteer?
Reading to patients is something I like to take part in. One patient who made an impact was a 101-year-old woman who resided at Villa Coronado Skilled Nursing Facility. During our visits we would read astronomy, poetry and biographies and I was able to get to know her quite well. What I treasured the most from our time was the great friendship that we formed.
About the Coronado Hospital Auxiliary
The Coronado Hospital Auxiliary began in 1958 and offers many volunteer opportunities to men and women of all skill levels. New members, age 18 and older, are always welcome.
For More Information
Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Sharp Coronado Hospital, or call 619-522-3756.