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About Community Hospital Auxiliary

Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, non sectarian, acute care facility with 458 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians. The first patient was admitted to the hospital on September 11, 1973. The Auxiliary predates the hospital and was active in fund raising prior to our opening. This organization has grown from a small group of women who solicited donations to realize the dream of Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, to a membership of 280 men and women. The money raised from all current and past events goes for designated purposes that have changed as the hospital has grown and expanded. The Auxiliary Scholarship Fund also has given more than 250 scholarships, now valued at $2,000 each. The scholarships are awarded to children of hospital employees who meet the criteria and are preparing to enter the field of health care. To date the Community Hospital Auxiliary has provided more than $2 million in support! Funds are raised from: Red Garter Shoppe, Red Garter Gift Cart and fund raisers.

Auxiliary Officers

  • Paula Nellans - President
  • Daisy Merich - Vice President
  • Jane Groeling - Recording Secretary
  • Mary Jo Holly - Corresponding Secretary
  • Gayle Parr - Treasurer

Be an Adult Volunteer

Looking for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity that will truly make a difference, the volunteers of Community Hospital have been making a difference in the lives of individuals for more than 40 years. Please join us and become a part of this wonderful experience.

Our volunteers are involved in:

  • Desk Lobby Information
  • Mail/floral Delivery
  • Gift Shoppe
  • Nursing Units
  • Complimentary Patient Bingo
  • Making Heart Pillows for Cardiac Patients, Whoobies for Neonatal Babies and Surgical Caps for Children
  • Floral Arrangements for Gift Shoppe
  • Social Service
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Women's Diagnostic Center
  • Community Diagnostic Center
  • Laboratory
  • Emergency Department
  • Oncology
  • Cuddlers
  • Cancer Resource Centre
  • Same Day Surgery
  • Medical Library
  • Education

Volunteer benefits include:

  • Uniforms provided by hospital
  • Skills training
  • Free meal during service hours
  • Appreciation Events
  • Wellness Programs
  • Discounted membership to Fitness Pointe
  • Flu Vaccines (when available)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Pam Kaczmarski at 836-4065. Or you may pick up an application at the Main Lobby Information Desk located just inside the main entrance to the hospital.

You can also download an application

Applications can be mailed to:

Pam Kaczmarski
Volunteer Services
Community Hospital
901 MacArthur Boulevard
Munster, IN 46321

Be a Student Volunteer

Helping others begins at any age. Our student volunteer must be at least 15 years old. We have two programs annually. Our fall Program runs through the school year beginning in September after school hours and our Summer Program begins in June. Our young people become involved with the adult volunteers, the staff and patients. Various assignments are available.

Download an Application

Applications can be mailed to:

Pam Kaczmarski
Volunteer Services
Community Hospital
901 MacArthur Boulevard
Munster, IN 46321

Red Garter Gift Shoppe

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Weekends 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The hospital gift shop, located in the Main Lobby, offers a unique selection of affordable gifts, including: flowers, clothing, jewelry, greeting cards, stuffed animals, candles, potpourri, purses, snacks and convenience items. The shop is staffed by volunteers who are a part of Community Hospital Auxiliary. All net proceeds from the Shoppe are donated to the hospital to benefit patient care services.

Fund Raiser Schedule for 2016

  • January 28th and 29th – Linen Sale
  • February 11th and 12th – Book Sale
  • March 3rd – Amish Bakery
  • March 28th and 29th - $6 Sale
  • April 25th – Shoe Sale
  • May 27th – Amish Bakery
  • August 12th – Amish Bakery
  • September 29th and 30th – Linen Sale
  • October 28th – Amish Sale
  • November 2nd and 3rd – Book Sale
  • November 11th – Shoe Sale
  • November 14th and 15th - $6 Sale
  • December 1st – Highland Jewelers
  • December 16th – Amish Bakery

These events benefit the Community Hospital endeavors to enhance the quality of services to our community. Hours of the events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Payments accepted include Community Healthcare System payroll deduction, cash and credit.