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CCMH Celebrates Auxiliary Volunteers in Honor of National Volunteer Week

April 22, 2024

CCMH Auxiliary Volunteers - Front row, from left: Wanda Wilson, Judy Travis, Annette Sweeney, Vaona Knott, Peggy Swearingin and Becky Smith. Back row, from left: Beth Brenneman, Jane Ross, Jim Paul, Nancy Schmidt, Terri Rocke, Eileen Ferguson and Norma Barry.

CARROLLTON, Mo. – Carroll County Memorial Hospital is very thankful for the core group of compassionate men and women who dedicate their time to the organization, employees and especially the patients.

National Volunteer Week is celebrated annually during the third week of April and this year it will be observed from April 21-27. This week-long celebration is about placing a spotlight on inspiring figures whose invaluable seeds of kindness through volunteering are bettering the community and our world in general. 

In celebration, Carroll County Memorial Hospital staff held their annual volunteer appreciation breakfast and ceremony on Tuesday, April 2, where they recognized the service of the Auxiliary volunteers. This year’s theme was Giving, Caring, Making a Difference.”

“Our volunteers give of their time in so many ways, including sewing and quilting items for patients, welcoming guests as they enter the hospital and donating funds to various patient needs,” said Kate Bonderer, CCMH Director of Community Relations and Auxiliary Liaison. “We are incredibly grateful they choose to share their talents with us and truly make a difference.”

Some examples of items the Auxiliary volunteers make for CCMH patient are:

  • Children’s activity bags
  • Eyeglass cases
  • Blankets and quilts
  • Comfort Pillows for Adults
  • Comfort Critters for Children
  • Sensory Aprons
  • Pocket Prayer Quilts

As a group, the volunteers contributed a combined total of 2,635 hours over the last year. Kate Bonderer presented each of them with a certificate in appreciation for the unique talents they share with the organization. CCMH CEO Scot Thoreson provided a hospital update and also expressed his appreciation of their service.

“In addition to the event, we honored our volunteers by collecting heartfelt notes of appreciation from staff and sharing photos and stories about our volunteers on Facebook,” Bonderer said.

“This group of fine ladies and gentlemen have given of their time, talent, and treasure to help improve the care of our patients here at CCMH,” said Mady Grider, CCMH Director of Rehabilitation Therapy. “For our department in particular, they have sponsored new equipment that we needed for therapy treatment, and for patient education.  We are very excited about our new skeleton, as we have only ever had a hand me down that was in poor condition.  The new skeleton will help us be able to explain anatomy and their therapy diagnosis in a way that is easier to understand.  We will be able to donate our older skeleton to the high school anatomy class now, thanks to this generous donation.  This will allow your donation to reach even further into the community to help!”

“Our current group of volunteers consists of 16 individuals who love helping others and having a sense of purpose,” Bonderer said. “If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering at CCMH, please contact me at 636-733-6918.”

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit