Volunteers Contribute to Success of KCH

As we approach the 39th annual National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, Kona Community Hospital invites you to recognize volunteers who tirelessly share their time and talent to making a difference in our community. Your support can encourage them, as well as others, to volunteer and provide help where it is needed.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek ways to engage in their community. It’s about meeting our challenges not as individuals, but as members of a community, with all of us working together.

The Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary is the largest volunteer organization at the hospital with 65 volunteers. There are numerous volunteer opportunities such as helping in the infusion center to assisting in office work. They coordinate the Gift Shop, Friday Bake Sale and more. Monies go toward hospital activities and nursing scholarships. 

A perfect example of their work is the Auxiliary’s annual Rummage Sale that recently took place and raised $7350 in two days, nearly doubling from last year. The funds help local students become nurses, in hopes that they will stay in our community and work. Hundreds of volunteer hours was put forth in order to coordinate the event. Power Storage Kuakini generously donated storage space for three months for sorting and pricing efforts which was a significant help.

In 2011, Kathy Golizen provided 1112 volunteer hours, the most at KCH, by knitting newborn baby hats for the Obstetrics department. The total number of volunteer hours provided by the Auxiliary last year was 8652 which equates to approximately $184,807 of voluntary services. 

To be a volunteer, contact the Auxiliary office at 322-4577. There are also other volunteer opportunities at the hospital such as chaplain services and the junior volunteer program (14 years old and above). For more information, contact 322-4458.