The TCHC Auxiliary: working toward a healthy community

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If you could volunteer your time bettering the community, what project would you choose? Members and volunteers of the Tri-County Health Care Auxiliary invite you to consider helping to improve the health of area communities!

Through projects and fundraising, men and women of the Auxiliary raise money that goes toward TCHC projects and community education events in the area. In fact, in the past four years, they have donated more than $38,500 to such causes. Caring Heart Boutique is another source of revenue for the Auxiliary, and together, the gift shop and Auxiliary have donated items including an advanced AED for the emergency department, bariatric treadmill for rehab, teddy bears for pediatric patients, gifts for mothers and fathers, and much more.

Members Cindy Hockert, Vonnie Perius and Karen Crandall are strong believers in volunteering and the Auxiliary. Here’s what they have to say about the group:Make a Difference with the Auxiliary placard


Why did you join the Auxiliary?

Cindy: I’m a firm believer that volunteering is truly good for the soul. The minute I was hired here, I knew I wanted to join the hospital Auxiliary.

Vonnie: I joined because I loved my job here, but my creativity was not being used, and I thought this would be my opportunity. I had put on events at my gift shop job in the past, so the Holiday Auction was a great use of my previous experience. Also, I heard some talk of a gift shop and definitely wanted to be part of the planning.

Karen: I became a volunteer when Vonnie talked to me about the Auxiliary. I was curious, so I checked it out. Vonnie is a great cheerleader for the Auxiliary. I had previously gone to the Holiday Auction, and it looked like everyone was having a good time.


How long have you been in the Auxiliary?

Cindy: 1 1/2 years.

Vonnie: This would be my 12th year.

Karen: I think I have been in the Auxiliary for five years.


What do you enjoy most about being in the Auxiliary?

Cindy: I enjoy the Holiday Auction in November. It’s the absolute best. It’s a fun night with live/silent auctions, great food, atmosphere and laughs. The bonus is raising a lot of money to further our mission at Tri-County Health Care.

Vonnie: I enjoy all of the members, and we work well together to put on fundraisers. We are all people who like to help others and do good. Donating our funds back to Tri-County Health Care to help patients be more comfortable or have equipment that will better their services is the perfect experience. Also, all the profits raised by Caring Heart Boutique are up to the Auxiliary members to decide what equipment the profits will purchase. This adds to our total dollars raised.

Karen: It’s a great way to meet people and get to know them better by working on projects and committees. I’ve learned so much about the workings of the hospital and the dedication of the employees. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with Auxiliary members from other hospitals and hear them share their ideas and successes with our organization.


What does being a member mean to you?Auxiliary Teamwork

Cindy: I enjoy serving the hospital through the various projects and fundraising events we do year round.

Vonnie: Sharing, caring, and having a great time.

Karen: It means being part of a greater purpose. Actually, I get far more FROM being a member than I GIVE. The Auxiliary does soooo many things for patients.


What would you say to someone who is considering joining?

Cindy: We are always looking for new members to join our group. If you are interested in volunteering for a great hospital, with events that we have planned year round, we would be thrilled to have you join us.

Vonnie: As Dr. David Hunnicutt would say, “The endorphins that your body produces from volunteering, or the ‘do good, feel good,’ is equal to two martinis.” You just feel good about yourself.

Karen: Come, give it a try! It’s fun and invigorating, especially the Holiday Auction. It requires only the amount of time you want to commit. I am so proud of what this group of people accomplishes each year all while having a good time.


For more information about the Auxiliary or to become a member, contact Karen Crandall at 218-640-1153 or Cindy Hockert at 218-640-3156. You can also find more here or by visiting the Information Desk at TCHC in person.