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Members of the Barstow Community Hospital Auxiliary Program meet inside the BCH conference room. The Auxiliary program has been in operation at the hospital since 1960, and currently has about 30 volunteers performing numerous jobs at BCH.

Auxiliary helps out

Volunteer workers essential to BCH and the community

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • Some of the most important jobs at Barstow Community Hospital are done by volunteer workers.

For more than 50 years, the BCH Auxiliary Program has provided volunteer services to the hospital. Beginning in 1960, the nonprofit program has recruited volunteers to perform numerous duties.

“As a volunteer you get much more than you give,” Jan Morrow, a 16-year veteran of the Auxiliary Program, said. “It gives you such a good feeling to give back to your community.”

With about 30 active volunteers, the Auxiliary Program’s duties include providing volunteer staff at BCH’s monthly Lifestream blood drives. Lifestream’s clinical staff performs the blood work while Auxiliary volunteers staff the non-clinical positions.

The program also operates various monthly health seminars, such as a general health clinic and a stroke prevention session.

The Auxiliary Program also gives to the Barstow community in the form of scholarships.

"We do scholarships every year," Morrow said. It started in 1964 with a $200 scholarship for a Barstow girl. "The last two years and this year we're going to be doing five $1,000 scholarships. We do that for persons that are interested in furthering their career in the health field, and live locally."

Proceeds from the BCH gift shop, which is one of the most important programs operated by the Auxiliary Program, fund the scholarships.

"We want to encourage people in the community to come to our gift shop," volunteer and gift shop chairperson Jackie Cooper said. "It's like a Hallmark store. We have seasonal things, we have baby things.

"We also have flowers and it's very, very nice. So we do want to encourage the community to come check us out. The money from the gift shop pays for the scholarships."

The program is accepting applications for scholarships, which are available at the hospital gift shop.

The Auxiliary Program also donates money to other local charities, including Desert Manna, the Boys & Girls Club and the Rotary Club.

"On top of the scholarships, the auxiliary makes donations to other non-profits in the community," BCH sopkesman John Rader said. "That's another way that they take that money from the gift shop and give it back to the community."


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