St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Connections educational series presented “Generosity in Giving and Volunteering” at the Centralia Recreation Complex on Tuesday, March 19. Scott Niermann, Director of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary Liaison, and Dee Dee Atteberry St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary President, spoke to over 50 people on the many volunteering and giving opportunities available at St. Mary’s Hospital.
The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is in their third year of activity. Since 2010, they have raised over $500,000 and the number continues to grow. Niermann spoke on how beneficial the foundation is to the hospital, where which one hundred percent of the funds contributed are applied toward foundation board- approved capital projects, state-of-the-art equipment, or services.
Following Niermann’s presentation, Auxiliary President Dee Dee Atteberry spoke on the importance of volunteering. Atteberry showed research statistics that revealed people who volunteer are more optimistic, have increased energy, improved mental health/less depression, improved immune system, longer life, and increased quality of life and satisfaction. Illinois has the highest volunteer rate among the ten largest state in the country. In 2012 alone St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary members volunteered nearly 17,000hours.
Niermann stated, “Because of our faithful volunteers and donors, St. Mary’s Hospital is able to better serve the community of Centralia and its surrounding communities.”
For more information on St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary please contact Scott Niermann at 618.436.6455 or visit smgsi.com.