Opportunities abound at Beebe Healthcare for those who wish to get involved with volunteerism. We currently have more than 600 members of our active Volunteer Services Program. There are two distinct ways you can volunteer. The first way is to be part of the Hospital Volunteer program which was established in 1985 and is directed toward patient interaction and support services. Hospital volunteers assume many and varied roles within the Medical Center.
The second way is to become an Auxiliary Volunteer. The mission of the Auxiliary is to raise resources to support the programs and projects of Beebe Healthcare. Founded in 1936, this group is the medical center's oldest fundraising organization.
Whether you choose a clerical position behind the scenes or a more hands-on role with clinical support, your participation is vital to the success of our organization. Each volunteer contribution assists Beebe in its mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working and visiting the communities we serve.
Our volunteers help in many areas of patient care and non-patient care. In the non-clinical setting we have volunteers that assist as greeters, clerical assistants, mail delivery, deli, and fundraising through the Auxiliary. Our volunteers also work with our patients in areas such as Same Day Surgery, Tunnell Cancer Center, and the Emergency Department. Volunteers usually work one four-hour shift a week, but can be flexible based on their availability.
Through the Delaware Volunteerism Act, students in grades 9 through 12 at the local public and private schools can earn one elective high school credit toward graduation for completing 90 hours of community service. Beebe Healthcare participates in this program and offers students opportunities to volunteer.
Beebe volunteers contribute more than 75,000 hours each year, performing various roles at the hospital in Lewes and at satellite centers throughout the county. When volunteers explain their roles, they stress that the greatest rewards go to themselves. Sue Mast, a volunteer since 2002, says, "Thank you for putting me in my volunteer position in Same Day Surgery. In my position as liaison between the Beebe staff and the patient's family, I receive as much as I give." Tony Barbieri, a volunteer since 2007 in the Mended Hearts program, says, "I go with the patient for pre-op testing prior to surgery, and I visit with the patient afterwards. It helps me more than it helps the patient."
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering at Beebe, please contact Lee Halloran, Manager of Volunteer Services, at (302) 645-3531, firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an online application at Beebe Volunteer Application link.
You are invited to become a member of the Beebe Auxiliary, a volunteer group in service to Beebe Healthcare. There are currently more than 175 men and women who make up the membership of the Auxiliary. While the nature of the activities supported by the Auxiliary has changed significantly over the years, the focus and purpose has always remained constant – helping the Medical Center to better serve the needs of our communities and its residents.
Our Mission The Beebe Auxiliary was founded in 1936 with the sole purpose to promote and advance the welfare of Beebe and its patients. This purpose is accomplished through providing support to the medical center in achieving its mission and through volunteer supported fundraising activities.
Annual donations from the Auxiliary are given to the medical center to support various projects and programs that benefit residents and visitors to this community.
The Auxiliary also annually awards academic scholarships to nursing students.
Since its founding in 1936, only 20 years after the founding of Beebe, the Beebe Auxiliary has contributed more than $3.5 million to the medical center.
Activities and Services Members of the Beebe Auxiliary participate in a number of activities and events, all of which help make friends and raise funds for the medical center:
- Treasure Chest
- Thrift Shop
- Medical Center Gift Shop
- Arts and Craft Group
- Silk Flower Group
- Special Sales Events
- Community Fairs
- Dinner Events
- Public Relations Events
Members of the Auxiliary also have the opportunity to serve in positions offered by the Volunteer Services Department.
Membership is open to both men and women. General membership meetings are held at the medical center's main campus the first Friday of October, November, February, and March. The annual membership meeting is held in May at a local restaurant. There are two membership levels: Active members may volunteer in a way that meets their personal abilities and time restraints. Inactive members support the Auxiliary as ambassadors of goodwill. Annual dues: $10 for both active and inactive members.
We hope you will want to help Beebe Healthcare by becoming a member of the Beebe Auxiliary. New members are always welcome. If you would like to learn more about the Auxiliary and its work, or explore becoming a member you may contact the membership chairperson, Pat Teichert, by calling the Auxiliary Office at (302) 645-3538.
Beebe's Treasure Chest Thrift Shop
Beebe's Treasure Chest Thrift Shop is located in the Midway Shopping Mall along Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach offers shoppers great buys and gently used items. An army of volunteers help at the shop, sorting, hanging up and putting away items, and waiting on customers.
The shop, opened in February 2007, has been a fundraising success for Beebe Healthcare, aiding the Beebe Auxiliary in its tireless effort to support the medical center and the healthcare that it brings to the community.
The little shop that was squeezed into a store front at the back of the shopping center has spilled into the space next door, expanding the area for more furniture, house wares, and clothing items. Children's clothing, dungarees and sweatshirts, pajamas and jackets, fill large plastic tubs. Shelves are stacked with glassware, pitchers, and candle holders. A chandelier hugs a corner as nearby lamps wait for new homes.
There are children's books and adult books in one corner, and costume jewelry in a glass display case in the center of a room. A clothing rack holds gently worn women's evening wear. Racks separate men's and women's clothing, which are carefully sized to make eye-catchers easier to find.
Beebe's Treasure Chest Thrift Shop is operated by the Beebe Auxiliary, Inc., and staffed by volunteers. Individuals and businesses throughout the community have contributed all of the items that are available for sale.
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make arrangements for the pick up of large items, please call the Shop Manager at (302) 644-2878.