Dameron Hospital

The Heart of the Hospital
It was Dameron Administrator Dr. Luis Arismendi that coined the title "the Heart of the Hospital" for Dameron's Auxiliary Program. Since 1957, the Auxiliary Program has volunteered over 700,000 hours of community service and donated close to $1 million for the purchase of major medical equipment.

Since that first meeting, the group has gone on to provide more than just hours and money. Each four-hour shift, Auxiliary volunteers walk an average of four and a half miles; each year they deliver more than 5,000 plants, flowers, and balloons to patients.

Today the Gift Shop is a major source of Auxiliary profits for the hospital. The Auxiliary also raises money in other ways.  Weekly Boutique sales and a bi-annual jewelry fundraiser.

In Recognition of Their Service
Each January, during the installation of new officers, Auxiliary members are recognized for their service with the presentation of special awards. This is given to a member for outstanding service.

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525 West Acacia Street, Stockton, CA 95203   Tel: 209.944.5550
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Helen Long
Volunteer Since 1975

2007 Connie Connolly Award Recipient

Volunteering has always been a major part of my life.  In high school and college, I took part in many activities, which is really a form of volunteering.  My paid professional life spanned a period of 5 ½ years, when I taught high school while my husband served in World War II and the finished his education under the G.I. Bill.

When the first of our three children was born, I became a “stay-at-home Mom.”  From my children’s days in nursery school through high school, I held various P.T.A. offices.  At appropriate levels, I helped with Little League and was the leader of my daughter’s Camp Fire group for four years.  And always, there were church offices to fill.

When my youngest child went off to college, I was at loose ends for a while.  I searched for a fulfilling volunteer activity and tried several before a member of Dameron Hospital Auxiliary suggested I join their group.  That was in 1975 and now, 32 years later, I am still an active member of the Auxiliary.  Without a doubt, the Auxiliary, with its varied choices of services, has been the most rewarding of my volunteer experiences.  Patients and hospital staff alike show their appreciation for our work.  While my service to the hospital no doubt has been helpful, I have reaped the greatest benefit myself. 

I have made so many new friends whose dedication as volunteers is absolutely amazing.  Come join us and see for yourselves.

Become a Volunteer
Contact us today to learn more about either the Volunteer Program or Dameron Auxiliary:

Debbie Grooms
Director of Volunteer Services
(209) 461-3152