Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary
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What is the Auxiliary?
As the word implies, ”Auxiliary” means help; the purpose of an Auxiliary is to assist and support the parent organization in any way that lies within its power.
The Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary handbook spells out this mission:
The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and to advance the welfare of Falmouth Hospital through ways approved by the Corporators of Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc. This purpose shall be accomplished by interpretation of the hospital service to the community through a good public relations program, by its patients, and through fund-raising in a manner satisfactory to the hospital administration and in harmony with community planning.
History of the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary
Falmouth Hospital opened its doors on May 28, 1963, but its Auxiliary had been flourishing long before than day.
Founded in 1957, it was originally a group of dedicated women who, once the idea of a local hospital was proposed, met regularly in each other's homes with the purpose of helping to bring a hospital to this area.
Getting the word out throughout the Upper Cape, the Auxiliary assisted the early planners by keeping the dream of a new hospital constantly in front of citizens in the area, first through serious fund-raising efforts.
The early Auxilians worked in all sections of the local towns, actually going door to door to solicit donations while the founding fathers of the hospital raised money from businesses and private donors. All worked together so well and so successfully that the hospital was fully funded and was able to open less than 10 years after the idea was first proposed.
What does the Auxiliary do?
The Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary has never lost sight of its mission to support the Hospital. Men and women members do this in different ways:
- They volunteer in one or more of the various services that were created over the years to assist hospital personnel and patients.
- They manage and staff the Gift Shop and the Thrift Shop, two of the Auxiliary's most successful fund-raising activities.
- They sponsor various affairs such as concerts, social events, programs by well-known speakers, book fairs and various types of special sales.
- They keep the community informed about the hospital by spreading the word about the mission, the activities and the community services of the hospital.
The Auxiliary Board meets monthly to plan and discuss various activities and to hear guest speakers connected with the hospital explain and comment on what is current and happening. The Auxiliary has a general meeting for all members to review its actions during the past months. Entertainment, guest speakers and refreshments highlight these meetings.