What does $1 million look like? Take a stroll around the Mercy Hospital Berryville campus and you’ll get a good idea.
From security cameras to hospital beds, rehab bicycles to flag poles, and ICU heart monitoring systems to urology equipment, volunteers with Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville have made their mark on patient care – and they’ve reached a milestone.
This October, with a $50,000 donation for gift shop renovations, the Auxiliary raised its one millionth dollar to benefit patients and their families. The next time you’re greeted by one of the blue vested volunteers at the hospital entrance, their smile may be even brighter.
“We want to make our community feel loved and special,” said auxiliary president Joy Flake. “We give our time to help others and hope to make everyone’s experience in our hospital a little bit more comfortable.”
It all began in 1982 with the donation of a stretcher, soon to be followed by dozens of big-ticket items that helped Mercy expand and provide exceptional service. Volunteers have also spanned the region, donating their efforts to various community projects. In total, volunteers with the auxiliary have given more than 546,000 hours of service. Today, there are nearly 300 active members.
Some volunteers work in the auxiliary’s gift store. Others run bake sales or sell nuts, sheets, throws, flat irons or jewelry. The biggest chunk of change, however, comes from the auxiliary’s thrift store on the square in Green Forest. It accounts for approximately 80 percent of the auxiliary’s fundraising efforts.
On Monday, Nov. 4, Mercy staff and community members recognized the past and present volunteers in a ceremony at Mercy Hospital Berryville.
It’s impossible to calculate just how impactful the auxiliary has been for Mercy, but patients can agree we have a million reasons to say thanks.
For more information on the Mercy Auxiliary – Berryville, contact Deana Davidson at 870-423-5230.