Ministry Eagle River Memorial Thrift Shop Recognized by AHA
February 16, 2017
The Auxiliary Partners of Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, part of Ascension was selected by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as a finalist in the 33rd annual Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) program.
The Auxiliary was recognized for the Thrift Store which has operated for over 50 years. It collects gently used items and sells them to the community at 209 East Pine Street in Eagle River. The Thrift Store also has an arrangement to honor vouchers issued by local churches and not-for-profits to assist community members who are struggling financially.
“We are blessed with the dedication of our volunteers in their support of our hospital and community,” said Sandy Anderson, president, Eagle River Memorial Hospital. “This honor is well deserved as the Thrift Store provides a valuable service and truly supports those most in need with necessary items.”
Proceeds from the Auxiliary Thrift Store total about $50,000 annually and benefit the services and programs at Ministry Eagle River Memorial. Funds have helped the hospital to purchase an ambulance, defibrillator monitors, outpatient surgery equipment, and a digital mammography unit.
The Thrift Store is run entirely by about 40 volunteers. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. In total more than 110 volunteers provide more than 10,000 hours of service each year to Ministry Eagle River Memorial.
The HAVE program was established by the AHA board of trustees to showcase outstanding volunteer programs throughout the country. Ministry Eagle Memorial was one of seven finalists and the only hospital in Wisconsin to be recognized in the program.