Volunteers bring St. Bernards Foundation's mission to life every day. Through their selfless dedication and endless enthusiasm for St. Bernards' mission, children receive state-of-the art treatment, seniors live richer lives, and families are strengthened. Learn more about our volunteer organizations by following the links below. To learn about volunteer opportunities, complete our Inquiry Form or call the Foundation office at 870-207-2500.
St. Bernards Auxiliary
Established in 1963, this organization of approximately 130 men and women provides volunteers at nine stations throughout the medical center. They answer questions for visitors and patient families and help direct visitors to patient rooms and/or service areas within the medical center.
Auxilians have complete responsibility of day-to-day operation for the St. Bernards Gift Shop, including purchasing stock and staffing the shop. Each year the Auxiliary provides tens of thousands of dollars for nursing and healthcare scholarships and contributes financial resources to needs identified by medical center administrative leadership. They also organize and support the summer Junior Volunteer program.
To date, Auxilians have contributed more than $1.5 million to the medical center for purchasing special equipment, like a VeinViewer to assist in establishing intravenous access to patients with hard-to-access veins, and a Heart Start Defibrillator/Monitor for the St. Bernards Cardiac Rehab area. In addition, funds generated by the Auxiliary have been used to furnish waiting areas at the medical center.
St. Bernards Advocates
This group of community leaders is dedicated to supporting the mission of St. Bernards Medical Center through fundraising, education and healthcare programs that involve the community. The Advocates sponsor a unique and very successful fundraising effort each year known as Triple Swing, with proceeds designated for a need within the Medical Center including pediatrics and hospice house. Triple Swing is a fun-packed three-day extravaganza that starts with a casual dinner-dance on Saturday evening, continues through a doubles tennis tournament on Sunday and wraps up with a Monday golf tournament. The Advocates have contributed over the $1.5 million to benefit identified needs.
St. Bernards Women's Council
This group of over 120 women was organized in 2003 to help St. Bernards identify women’s and children’s health issues and to provide insight into how well St. Bernards meets those needs and how they can better meet them in the future. The group sponsors the very popular Kids on the Mile and Stories in the Forest. The group also undertakes other projects with health ties that have wide community appeal.
Hospice House Volunteers
Hospice House Volunteers offer support and assistance to the families of patients in the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House. In addition, these dedicated volunteers answer phones, perform light clerical duties and assist Hospice House staff. Our goal is the have enough volunteers to staff from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.
All volunteer applicants must attend a three (3) hour training and orientation session, take a TB test and submit to a background check. Name badges will be provided which must be worn while on duty as a volunteer.
To learn more about how you might become a Hospice House Volunteer, contact the St. Bernards Development Foundation office - by phone: 870-207-2500, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Volunteer Interest Form. For additional information about volunteer opportunities, download our St. Bernards Hospice Volunteer Brochure.