Every day the volunteers of the Sault Area Hospital put in countless hours to ensure all patients, families and visitors have a comfortable visit at our community hospital. These tremendous individuals donate their time to help the people of our community when they need it most. With the patients and their families in mind, they provide support that improves care at SAH. One of the ways that they accomplish this is through fundraising. Every spring, the Sault Area Hospital Volunteer Association makes a donation to help purchase medical equipment for patient care. In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Volunteer Association presented the Sault Area Hospital Foundation with contributions totaling $112,440.00 to help meet these equipment needs.
Members of the Sault Area Hospital Volunteer Association (dressed in red) receive thanks for their efforts in fundraising through out the year.
The following is a message from Rick Wark,
Chair of the SAH Volunteer Association
Our SAH Volunteer Association exists because of and for it’s volunteers. Our mission is simple, to assist the SAH in providing volunteer services that enhance patient care. In order for that to happen our volunteers dedicate their time and effort to fundraise through various means, bake sales, vendor days, penny/coin drives, working in our high end Gift Shop and by the selling of HELLP pull tickets, etc.
Our Association has a long history in fundraising, from our days at the Plummer and General Hospitals, and then through amalgamation to become the SAH Volunteer Association with the ability to fundraise and donate $500,000 to the new SAH when it open it’s doors. Our fundraising efforts are continuous with annual donations for the purchase of equipment that impacts first hand patient care. This year again, it is my true honour to represent such a terrific group of volunteers who have given 100+ percent in order to provide $112,440.00 to the SAH.
Though fundraising for hospital equipment is one of our primary goals we also ensure that we take the time to meet some of the day to day needs of patients and families. At Christmas time our Association’s elves take pleasure in being able to put a little gift under the tree for our long-term care patients as well as giving gifts for any patient having a hospital stay within the paediatric unit. Recently we also undertook to supply cookies to patients and visitors in the ADCP waiting rooms.
As the Chair of the SAH Volunteer Association I am proud to be associated with exceptional, dedicated and hard working volunteers who make a difference in the lives of each person who passes through our hospital doors. Their impact may be in the way of a friendly smile, a helping hand to find the path to a department, working and planning fundraiser events, assisting patients, visitors or staff to find that sought after item in our Gift Shop, selling a winning HELLP ticket, or attending to a special request from a patient or a family member. No matter what the role provided by our volunteers they can be proud in knowing that they are remembered for a job well done!
The Sault Area Hospital Foundation would like to acknowledge the ongoing dedication and support of the numerous volunteers, men, women, and youth of the Sault Area Hospital Volunteer Association.
To volunteer at SAH apply today, http://www.sah.on.ca/volunteering