BERRYVILLE, Ark. -- 538,663. That is the approximate number of hours volunteers have graciously donated to Mercy Hospital Berryville since the inception of its auxiliary in 1982. With duties ranging from manning the information desk to baking goods for fundraising to working in a retail environment, the hospital just would not function like it does with its many volunteers.
The year of 2013 is extra special at Mercy because the Auxiliary is anticipating that they will reach the one million dollar mark in their fundraising efforts since they first began 31 years ago. Mercy is honoring them all year with a campaign called, “A Million Reasons to Say Thanks” for all the support they have given year after year.
Last year, Jonnie Lindt, 82, celebrated her twentieth year of retirement which for her also meant, her twentieth year of actively volunteering with Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville. Since then she’s given over 11,000 hours helping with special fundraising projects, managing the gift shop, working in the thrift shop, maintaining the scrapbooks, and serving as treasurer, president-elect, and even president for two years.
“I do it because it helps the community, and I enjoy being around people and helping wherever I can,” said Lindt. “The hospital is a worthwhile place to volunteer because what we do benefits a lot of people.”
Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville currently has 292 members with about 99 of them actively volunteering each month. They are able to find their own niche within the group because there is a wide variety of duties available. There really is something for everyone – even if they are interested in sewing projects they can do at home to benefit Mercy patients.
You might recognize a Mercy Auxiliary member by their blue vests adorned by service pins. Many times they are the ones greeting you at the entrance or providing direction in the hospital.
From assisting with projects that benefit the whole community and raising funds for purchasing state-of-the-art hospital equipment to improving patients’ health care experiences with their warm smiles and helpfulness, the volunteers pull together and make an enormous impact at Mercy and in the entire Berryville community.
“We always need more volunteers,” Lindt added. “I always say if you like working with people and doing work that helps people, the hospital is a great place to volunteer.”
For more information or to join Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville, contact Deana Davidson at 870-423-5230.