Join Our Auxiliary
Bellville St. Joseph Health Center is blessed with an Auxiliary that numbers in excess of 100 members, both men and women, who are dedicated to improving the quality of patient care at BVSJHC.
The Auxiliary was created in 1976. This year, they celebrate 38 years of 'lending a helping hand and a caring heart.' Several charter members of the Auxiliary are still actively volunteering their time and talents to the hospital on a regular basis. New members are joining every month and becoming familiar faces and welcome additions to the hospital family.
Over the years, the Auxiliary has been instrumental in assisting the hospital to obtain patient equipment and other items that have helped enhance patient care at BVSJHC. Since its inception, the Auxiliary has gifted the hospital in excess of over $600,000 designated for patient services that included dietary equipment, hospital furniture, ER and MCU monitoring equipment, wheel chairs, defibrillators and laboratory equipment.
The Auxiliary, "famous" for its annual Rummage Sale, ventured into new waters in 2004,when it started a new fundraising venue....a resale shop. With their motto "think resale, not rummage", the Auxiliary volunteers launched a project that was an immediate "hit" with savvy shoppers in the area! Everything from antiques to name-brand clothing are offered for sale in a unique boutique-style environment!
Utilizing a property owned by the Hospital District that fronts West Main (Highway 36 N), the shop is located at 238 West Main. "New 2 U", offers a variety of donated items that have been slightly used, yet ready to wear or take home and use! Donations are accepted at the site. Hours are Wed., Thurs., and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Opened on April 1st (No Fooling!), the shop raised in excess of $32,000 during its first 9 months of operation, ended 12-31-04. 2005 net sales exceeded $43,000! 2006 net sales surpassed $52,000, with the shop only open 146 days! 2010 was another incredible year with sales continuing to go up, Up, UP! Funds are generally ear-marked for equipment or furnishings within the hospital, so every time the cash register rings, it means financial support for BVSJHC. No wonder the BHA won the coveted Past Presidents Award for Fund Raising at the state TAVA convention in 2006.
In addition to the resale shop, volunteers assist with manning the information desk in the hospital's main lobby. The Auxiliary also accepts memorial gift contributions. Envelopes are available in the hospital lobby.
The Auxiliary meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Annual dues are $10; Lifetime Memberships are available for a one-time $100.