An Army of Volunteers

NorthBay Guild volunteers had their hands full in 2013, relocating the thrift shop and renovating the space from the ground up, in addition to all their regular volunteer duties.

More than 250 Guild volunteers worked tirelessly in the hospitals and gift shops, held lobby sales and worked numerous fundraising events, logging more than 33,000 hours of service.

The largest fundraiser for the Guild – the Annual Golf & Tennis Classic – marked its 30th year in 2013. Always a sell-out, the event raised $42,000 with funds earmarked to support NorthBay’s growing trauma program.

Sales in the hospital lobby gift shops, the thrift store and special events grossed $160,000. Guild members voted to use most of the funds to purchase incentive gifts to keep the participants in the ABC Prenatal Program attending the important classes.

Funds also were allocated to purchase special chairs to ensure the safe handling of patients who need extra care when being moved. Tote bags for patients in the Joint Replacement Program were provided by the Guild, as were portable blood pressure monitors for the Same Day Surgery Center.

Hospice volunteers, meanwhile, contributed 382 hours in patient and bereavement care for families and patients in their most dire time of need.

As many as eight pet-loving PAWS for Healing volunteers brought their four-legged friends to visit patients, logging about 300 hours of service.

As always, the volunteers were major supporters of wildly popular NorthBay Nurse Camp, a weeklong program in which high school boys and girls interested in nursing can get firsthand experience.