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Auburn guild gives love to Faith

Run offers community chance for fun, raising funds
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A group of 90 volunteers are working to make the hospital experience in Auburn as pleasant as possible. The Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Guild was founded in 1968 by 15 women at the request of Auburn Faith Hospital doctors. “The mission of our guild is to do service in and raise funds for Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital,” said Jane Cosgrove, guild past president. Guild volunteers work in departments throughout the hospital including welcoming patients into the hospital’s lobby or emergency room, acting as surgery liaisons, stocking supplies, taking blood to the lab, picking up supplies, cleaning gurneys and wheelchairs and more. “Our gift shop is totally manned by volunteers, and that is our biggest fundraiser,” said Guild President Laraine Eisley. The guild also gives community tours of the hospital. Cosgrove said when new guild members come on board, they are given basic training by the human resources department and then six weeks of training in their specific areas. “If a department requests volunteers, we fill that request,” she said. “They submit a job description and then (member) Ruth (Costa), her job is to orient new guild members … and then we will fill them in where we have vacancies.” Each year the guild raises between $10,000 and $20,000 for the hospital, said Mindy Danovaro, executive director of the Sutter Auburn Faith Foundation. “They are an integral part of the health-care team in Auburn,” Danovaro said. “They give us their time, talent and treasure.” The guild divides its funds between the hospital, scholarships and small purchase program, Cosgrove said. The guild offers a number of scholarships to members of the community including the Medical Scholarship. This scholarship offers $1,000 to someone pursuing a medically related field of study. Recipients must live in the hospital’s service area or work at the hospital. Every scholarship has set criteria and community members interested in applying can pick up applications at the hospital or get more information by calling the guild. The guild also funds small purchases of up to $500 for various departments. “Say the family birth center needs pediatric stethoscopes,” Cosgrove said. These purchases have to be patient-related requests, Cosgrove said. On June 18 the guild is holding its first “Hit the Trial with Faith” 5k/10k family walk/run. The group is coordinating the fundraiser with the Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District. “Because one of our goals is to raise as much money as we possibly can for the hospital, we kind of came to the conclusion that we needed a large function that reaches out to the family of Auburn,” Cosgrove said. Cosgrove said the guild currently holds scrubs sales and jewelry sales to raise funds, but they aren’t extremely successful. “It’s very difficult to get people from the outside to come in for functions like that,” she said. The guild is looking for organizations or people to sponsor the event. Sponsorships start at $250 and go up to $5,000. The most important goal of the guild is to support the hospital staff and patients who come in, Cosgrove said. “We basically try to make everyone’s experience who walks through our doors a pleasant experience,” she said. Guild Vice President Jan Heirigs said volunteering with the guild was the perfect thing for her to do after she retired. “I worked in hospitals all over the state of California for 25 years, and retired about five years ago and traveled,” Heirigs said. “And then I decided I needed to do something. I love hospitals. I love people. I love helping in any way I can. It’s my passion.” Eisley said a fond memory she has of volunteering in the hospital’s emergency room is when a little girl was involved in an accident, and Eisley put a teddy bear on the girl’s hospital bed before she arrived. When the girl saw the bear it made her smile. Costa said she was inspired to join the guild after she saw a notice in the Auburn Journal. “I had no idea how fulfilling this would be,” Costa said. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com ------------------------------------------------------- Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Guild What: A group of 90 volunteers who assist patients and medical staff in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital as well as raise funds for the hospital. Upcoming event: “Hit the Trail with Faith” 5k/10k family walk/run When: registration-7:30 a.m., start-8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18 Where: Railhead Park on Pacific Avenue in Auburn Cost: Adults-$25 before June 11 or $30 on race day, children 17 and under-$15 before June 11 or $20 on race day Registration: jandjsportsproductions.com Information on the run or the guild: Call (530) 888-4500, ext. 5004