CMH Auxiliary & Volunteer Program

Starting with a handful of volunteers in 1982, the award-winning Citizens Memorial Healthcare auxiliary program has grown to more than 300 auxiliary members who actively volunteer at all CMH locations.

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Over the past 25 years, more than 1,000 auxiliary members have served CMH. In recognition for their exceptional spirit and hard work, the CMH Auxiliary has twice received a first place plaque as a number one small-hospital auxiliary in the state of Missouri.

The founder of the CMH Auxiliary, Lillian Hutcheson, led the auxiliary program even before CMH opened in 1982 until her retirement in 2001. In honor of her leadership and dedication, CMH annually presents an award in her name to an outstanding volunteer.

Become a part of an award winning Auxiliary and Volunteer Program at Citizens Memorial

How Do You Get Started?

  • Fill out an application pdf icon
  • Make an appointment for a brief informational meeting with Director of Volunteers
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation/education class
  • Join the Auxiliary
  • Obtain a TB skin test
  • Become a volunteer!

Reasons to Become a Volunteer

  • Volunteer schedules can be flexible
  • Volunteers enjoy meeting new people/friends
  • Volunteers have satisfaction in their social life
  • Volunteers feel needed
  • Volunteers provide community service
  • Volunteers care for people in need
  • Volunteers enjoy many benefits provided by the hospital
  • Volunteers are recognized as an important part of Citizens Memorial Hospital and our communities
  • Statistics show those who volunteer live longer healthier lives!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways, areas and departments throughout the CMH organization utilizing volunteers. Below are a few volunteer opportunities:

  • Information Desk at Hospital and Douglas Medical Center
  • “The Gift Garden” gift shop
  • “POP” - Pamper our Patients courtesy cart
  • Host/Hostess for the Tremain Family Hospitality House
  • Information & Library at Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
  • Shredding services
  • Knitting baby caps for newborns
  • Sewing weighted blankets and vests for Autistic children
  • Many duties with our long-term care residents in Bolivar, Buffalo, Ash Grove, Stockton, and El Dorado Springs -- bingo, nail polishing, distributing treats, reading, singing, outings outside of the facilities, etc.
  • Clerical duties
  • Assist Hospice patients and families
  • Helping with many fundraising events
  • And many more...


As a means of showing appreciation for volunteers, Citizens Memorial Hospital provides the following volunteer benefits:

  • Annual appreciation luncheon in April & gift
  • Auxiliary quarterly brunch with our meeting
  • Awards -- service pins with hour guards
  • Free uniform and name badge
  • Free coffee and tea while on duty
  • $6.50 toward your meal while on duty
  • Annual hospital picnic in the summer
  • Free TB skin testing
  • Free Hepatitis B shot series
  • Free flu vaccination in the fall
  • Annual presentation of Lillian Hutcheson Award

Junior Volunteer Program

The CMH Auxiliary hosts a Junior Volunteer program each summer for teens who are at least 15 years old and maintain grades of B+ or higher. The sessions are offered in June, July and August, and students can participate in one, two or three sessions.

Applications for the Junior Volunteer program are accepted in April and May. Students must complete an interview process, be accepted into the program, and attend a one-day orientation.

The auxiliary has members that serve in many capacities - the hospital's information desk, The Gift Garden gift shop, physical therapy department, outpatient clinics, administration, medical records, laboratory, pharmacy, medical-surgical unit, and long-term and residential care facilities.

In addition to volunteering, the auxiliary raises money through different fundraisers and donates that money to CMH to purchase items such as new hospital beds, a new bus for the CMH transportation system, electric doors for the hospital, blanket warmers, granite park benches, speaker systems and many other needed items.

Shantelle Posten

Phone: 417-328-6432