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Volunteers: Making a Difference

The Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was established in 1951, initially as a fundraising endeavor focused on helping the Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital. Today, more than 60 volunteers donate their time and talents in nearly every area of the hospital, supporting staff and assisting patients and their families. Volunteers also raise funds for the hospital by operating a gift shop, holding a bazaar, book sales, jewelry sales and the annual Tree of Love campaign, as well as many other fundraising events throughout the year.

SMH is also pleased to offer a VolunTeens program where young people in our community can learn new skills, build confidence, make an impact in our patients' lives and discover the many career opportunities that exist in health care.

VolunTeen Program

Teens between the ages of 14 and 17 who are looking for a rewarding experience should consider joining our VolunTeen Program. Our VolunTeens serve in a variety of settings, including patient registration areas and waiting rooms. VolunTeens assist with a variety of tasks, including wayfinding, patient transports, deliveries and office work.

Palwasha Ayyub of Woodstock has volunteered for two summers enjoy interacting with both patients and staff. "Every day is something new. You get to help people in so many ways and really make a positive impact on your community."

VolunTeens receive a free meal on days they are volunteering, and teens who complete a minimum of 100 hours or participate in at least two seasons are eligible to apply for college scholarships which are funded through the SMH Auxiliary.

2023 dates coming soon! For more information, call 540-459-1220 or email

Camp MCIS (Medical Career Investigation at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital)

Camp MCIS is designed for rising sixth to ninth grade students who are interested in learning more about health care and the many career opportunities available to them. Campers participate in a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations. The fee for Camp MCIS is $25, which can be paid at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital prior to camp. The camp is limited to 16 participants who will be chosen by lottery from all applicants.

2023 dates coming soon! For more information, call 540-459-1220 or email

SMH Auxiliary Projects

Tree of Love

Each year, the SMH Auxiliary helps Woodstock and Shenandoah County usher in the holiday season with its annual Tree of Love fundraising campaign.

By making a donation of $10 or more to the Tree of Love campaign, you can honor or memorialize loved ones and friends with a symbolic light on the trees that will be on display inside the hospital's south entrance. Donation envelopes are available at both of the hospital's patient information desks, the Auxiliary Gift Shop, and Administration.

Proceeds from the Tree of Love benefit Ruth's Closet, which provides assistance with transportation, medication and other medical equipment; and the hospital's Comfort Cart, which provides special items to seriously ill patients and their families.

The community is invited to attend the tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 7 p.m., in the hospital's south lobby. Light refreshments and holiday entertainment will round out the celebration.

To download a donation form, click here.

Where Volunteers Serve

  • Gift Shop
  • Information Desk
  • Shenandoah Surgical Center
  • Outpatient Diagnostic Services

Benefits of Being a Volunteer

  • Complimentary meal while on duty
  • Christmas Party
  • Develop new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Participate in hospital and Auxiliary education programs
  • Turn leisure time into purposeful, productive time serving the community

Volunteer Requirements

  • Friendly and personable
  • Care about people
  • Get along well with others
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Dependable
  • Follow hospital and Auxiliary rules
  • Personal interview and orientation
  • Willing to commit to a specific shift
  • Age 18 and older

For more information on volunteering opportunities at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, please call 540-459-1367 and leave a message. An Auxiliary representative will return your call.

Download an Application