A few good women and men are now being sought by a group who volunteers their time to help out at Pauls Valley General Hospital.
The group, often referred to as the hospital's auxiliary, is now hoping to recruit more volunteers to put in a few hours of their time each week.
As part of this recruitment process what's being described as an informal informational meeting with coffee and conversation has been set for a 2:30 p.m. start on Friday, Oct. 21 in the hospital's cafeteria.
One of those longtime volunteers, Loreen Riggs of Pauls Valley, says the meeting is simply a way to bring in some people who have an interest in volunteering their time at the local hospital.
“We're short of women right now,” Riggs said about the number of auxiliary volunteers.
“It's hard to get anyone interested in being a volunteer. We've never done this before so we thought we'd give this a try,” she said, referring to this week's recruitment meeting.
Volunteers like Riggs have a number of duties at the hospital, such as operating the gift shop in the hospital's main lobby area.
With all proceeds going to the hospital, those gift shop volunteers organize a number of fundraisers during the year like book and hospital wear fundraisers.
They also step in to deliver mail and flowers in the hospital, in addition to helping with patients who are being admitted or released from the hospital.
As for Riggs, she has been an auxiliary volunteer since 1986. She typically volunteers about 20 hours a week.
“I just like doing it,” she said.
Hopes for this campaign and this week's meeting are to bring in a few more people who have at least 4 hours a month to spare the hospital, while at the same time volunteering to serve the community.
“We just need more volunteers, and it's open to women or men,” Riggs said.
“You don't have to call or anything. We just want them to show up at the meeting.”
At the meeting current volunteers will share more on their experiences and what it means to volunteer their time to help the hospital and community, she said.