The Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary, with approximately 135 members, historically provided approximately 15,000 hours of volunteer service each year to the Dartmouth General Hospital. Through its volunteer efforts, the DGH Auxiliary raises funds to purchase essential hospital equipment and to deliver non-medical services. The Auxiliary encourages teenage volunteers, provides opportunity for members to participate in educational programs and conferences, works to promote good relations between the hospital and the community and works primarily to benefit our patients, their families, the hospital and staff. It also maintains liaison with other Auxiliaries across Nova Scotia through the Nova Scotia Association of Health Auxiliaries (NSAHA).
The Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary operates Auxiliary’s “Corner Shoppe” located at the first floor lobby entrance of the Dartmouth General Hospital at the 325 Pleasant Street. The Corner Shoppe offers a large selection of items such as flowers, clothing, giftware, plush toys, newspapers, books and magazines, beverages, postage stamps, candy and toiletries. Corner Shoppe volunteer positions include: manager, shift scheduler, bookkeeper, buyers for giftware and candy and sundries, as well as cashiers.
For those patients and family members who are unable to visit the Auxiliary’s Corner Shoppe, Auxiliary volunteers operate a Corner Shoppe Cart, which makes regular visits to the patient rooms and rest areas within the Hospital. The cart carries a wide variety of personal hygiene items, newspapers, magazines and many confectionery items.
Each year, the DGH Auxiliary accepts nominations from several local high schools for nominations for a Memorial Bursary of $1,500.00 to be awarded each year to a deserving student entering a university science program leading to the medical profession.
All DGH Auxiliary volunteers are required to maintain the confidentiality of any information obtained while performing their volunteer role. This includes all information about patients, families, employees, medical staff and fellow volunteers.