Eastland Memorial Volunteers
The EMH Volunteers are an integral part of the hospital. They are a group of ladies and gentlemen who donate their time to volunteer for the hospital in a variety of ways. The volunteers may work in the gift shop or in other departments of the hospital, and sometimes they even work in their own homes making things for patients at the hospital or possibly baking for a fundraiser. Some volunteers have other full time jobs and can't be at the hospital during the day, so they donate their time to other fundraising activities throughout the year. EMH Volunteers offer smiles, words of encouragement, and caring attitudes, which are priceless to the success of Eastland Memorial Hospital.
The EMH Volunteers are involved in many fundraising events throughout the calendar year. The largest fundraiser is the Annual Charity Golf Tournament held each year in June, which has been a huge success and has been strongly supported by the community. Other fundraisers throughout the years have been book fairs, jewelry sales, scrub sales, bake sales, Mary Kay sales, and raffles. The volunteers also run the SunShine Shoppe, which is the gift shop located on the lower level of the hospital in the Wellness Center. The SunShine Shoppe offers a variety of gift items, including home décor, seasonal/holiday décor, ceramic décor, jewelry, purses, scarves, crosses, frames, children's gifts, miscellaneous items, and snack and drink items. The SunShine Shoppe also sponsors a "trunk sale" in the fall offering many holiday items.
The EMH Volunteers have made many contributions to the hospital since the group started in 2004. Some of those include the following:
IV poles, Wall suction regulators, bedside commodes, shower chairs, thermometers, vital signs machines, wheelchairs, blood pressure monitors for Nursing. Ice machine and waiting room chairs for Emergency Department. New tv's, air conditioning/heating units, dry erase boards for all patient rooms. Renovation of two showers and new shower curtains for all patient rooms. Renovation of lobby and business office with new flooring, furniture, décor. Renovation of employee cafeteria with new flooring and décor. Portable X-ray machine, flooring, cabinets, and décor for Radiology Department. Stair chair and jackets for EMS services. Recumbent Stepper Machine and wall art for Physical Therapy Department. Building donation of $25,000, wall art, fans, 5K race prizes for Wellness Center. Bluebonnet Mural in hospital entry and protective film for windows. Hot/Cold Delivery cart for Dietary. Volunteer slide show tv in lobby and décor for hospital hallways.
Money contributions to the hospital have reached over $200,000.00 and the EMH Volunteers have contributed over 20,000 hours of service.
How To Become A Volunteer
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Rhonda Reeves, Volunteer Director, at 254-631-5350 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org You will receive an application to complete and return to Rhonda Reeves. Upon approval of the application, you will receive an orientation training regarding hospital and volunteer policies. You will be expected to receive a TB skin test at the beginning of your training and again three weeks later. You will receive an official name badge with photo ID for Eastland Memorial Hospital and a volunteer vest to wear during the time you are doing volunteer service at the hospital. You may begin volunteering after the training and your first TB skin test. Volunteer meetings are held once monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., and there is an annual Volunteer Rewards Dinner in April to honor volunteers for their service. Also, the volunteers usually plan a summer lake party, and an annual Christmas party.
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. The EMH Motto is: "People you know caring for people you love." The EMH Volunteers strive to build up and support the employees of EMH who carry out this motto every day. Come and join this wonderful team of volunteers!
The SunShine Shoppe offers an array of items including candles, wind chimes, picture frames, jewelry, stuffed animals, and much, much more! The hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 9:30 am till 5:00 pm and Friday 9:30 am till 1:30 pm. The SunShine Shoppe is located in the Earl & Billye Bradley Wellness Center off Plummer Street. Please come by and check out the gift shop!