MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - In 1909, the land and building making up Munising Memorial Hospital were donated to be the community hospital for Alger County. More than 100 years later, the hospital is looking to get back to its roots by serving more of the community through volunteer efforts.
In September, Munising Memorial Hospital formed a volunteer program after its auxiliary disbanded last year, leaving a hole in fundraising and extra help at the hospital. Four months later, the hospital now has five volunteers, but are looking for more.
"We need more because we want to continue growing in the community. We want to do more fundraisers, different things for the community needs, the hospital needs, and just kind of get our name out there and keep growing," says Deidre Tyner, Director of Volunteers at Munising Memorial Hospital. "As many as possible, as many that are willing to volunteer their time to help our community and do these different things that we need, we will take them on."
Munising Memorial Hospital is looking for anyone over 18 who would like to give back to their community. There are multiple positions available including greeter, activities volunteer, cafe volunteer, and special events volunteer.
"I actually accepted the position as a cafe volunteer. I go in and work under the Director of Dietary Services and do whatever the director would ask me to do, whether it's washing dishes, helping prepare food, taking food to patients, just being part of the Dietary Services Department here at the hospital," says Marilyn Beverley, volunteer and coordinator at Munising Memorial Hospital.
Marilyn is a volunteer at heart, volunteering with multiple organizations for the last 40 years, and was a member of the disbanded auxiliary.
“Volunteers hold babies, and volunteers also hold hands of patients who are perhaps leaving Earth, and I believe they make a difference in each life that they touch. Volunteers help the staff, they help the patients, and connect with the community," Beverley describes.
Munising Memorial Hospital is holding an open forum on Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. for those interested in becoming a volunteer. You can also call the hospital for more information.