Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
History of the FMH Auxiliary
|Past Auxilary Presidents
On September 11, 1952, the Women’s Auxiliary of Frederick Memorial Hospital was founded. Service to the hospital began immediately with the first volunteers helping out in the Record Room and quickly expanding to other departments. By 1955, the FMH Auxiliary was the largest women’s organization in Frederick County. Candy Stripers, now known as Junior Volunteers, joined the organization’s ranks in 1967. When men joined the group in the early 1970s, and teenage boys began to volunteer in 1971, the name was officially changed to the Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Originally founded to "serve on committees, support fund raising activities and promote good will,” the FMH Auxiliary’s first fundraiser was the Snow Ball held on December 22, 1952. The event raised $1,131.50, which was used to air-condition the operating room. Since then, the Auxiliary has donated more than $6 million to the hospital for equipment and improvements, and has contributed millions of hours of service to the Frederick community.
Today the Auxiliary is composed of men and women who continue the tradition of service and stewardship. Members of the auxiliary provide hundreds of thousands of hours of their time to guide our visitors, transport our patients, and support the family members of those who are ill, injured, or on the mend.
Value of Volunteering
Volunteers may still be in high school or college. They may be men or women retired after a long career. They may be parents who want to stay at home with their children but still keep up with the career world. They may need to fill the void left in their lives after the loss of a loved one.
Each month, hundreds of caring individuals come to Frederick Regional Health System to volunteer. They assist patients who are arriving at, and departing from the hospital, greet and direct visitors, staff the Gift Shop or the Select Seconds Thrift Shop, deliver flowers and reading material, and so much more. And while it may appear they are helping others by volunteering, they are also helping themselves.
Research shows that volunteering improves your health in many ways -- emotionally, and even physically. Volunteering also improves self-esteem, helps develop empathy for the problems of others, affirms personal values, and aids in personal development. Volunteering helps you feel connected to your community, and is a great opportunity to meet new people.
Who Can Volunteer?
Frederick Memorial Hospital has many and varied opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. We provide high quality, cost-effective health services to develop healthy communities in the Frederick area. If you'd like to help us carry out our mission, call us at 240-566-3567. We'd love to discuss your skills and interests and match them with a need.
Executive Board Members
||F. Ellen Noland
|1st Vice President
We prepare you for your volunteer assignment through:
- Thorough Orientation and Training
- Clear-Cut Position Description
- On-going Feedback
- Continued Support and Reinforcement
- On-going Recognition
- Good Communication