Volunteering Is In Our Heart
Almost 50 years ago, a group of concerned DeKalb County citizens and volunteers gathered and decided it was time to begin the difficult task of raising money to build a local hospital. Finally, in 1964, what was then the DeKalb Memorial Hospital opened its doors. Touted as "the Miracle of Indiana”, it was a hospital that was built and equipped through the sole contributions of the citizens of DeKalb County. Today, this community hospital has grown into the DeKalb Health system. Then and now, DeKalb Health prides itself on promoting, preserving, and restoring health.
DeKalb Health’s volunteers contribute more than time and resources. They bring a level of enthusiasm and a spirit of warmth to their work that simply can't be expressed in dollars and cents. DeKalb Health has two types of volunteer positions available: Hospital Auxiliary and Hospice Volunteers.
DeKalb Health’s Hospital Auxiliary is a separate not-for-profit adult volunteer organization with over 70 members. The Auxiliary furnishes volunteer staff and donates financial contributions to the hospital. Funds are raised through the hospital gift shop proceeds, the Curiosity Shop thrift store, and other fundraising activities. Volunteer staff provides assistance throughout the hospital through a variety of positions. These positions include hosting, reception, hospitality, and gift shop clerking.
DeKalb Health Hospice, a division of DeKalb Health, is a not-for-profit agency servicing DeKalb County and adjacent areas. The focus of these volunteers is to help meet the needs of the patient and family. Volunteers of DeKalb Health Hospice offer care to those living with a terminal illness and provide relief for caregivers in the home. Hospice volunteers also provide emotional and social support for the client and family.