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Annual Report


Annual Report

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During the past year, The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital have contributed their time, talents and financial support to augment the services offered by the hospital system, and to help provide a caring environment for our patients and families.

These contributions include:

Volunteer Service Hours and Value
In Fiscal Year 2013, 707 active volunteers worked more than 69,177.00 hours.

Adult Programs 32,192.00 hours
Junior Volunteers 2,587.75 hours
Sewing Individuals/groups 34,397.25 hours

The 707 volunteers participating this year included:

Adult In-House 318
College Students 54
Junior Volunteers 70
Sewing Individual/groups 265

These volunteers represent the equivalent of an average of 34 full-time employees each month.

There are 71 volunteer placements supporting 53 departments across the hospital system. This number includes placements within Cary Hospital, but also at other WakeMed facilities, including WakeMed Business Center – Patient Financial Services, WakeMed Corporate Center – Public Relations, WakeMed Apex Healthplex, WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex, WakeMed North, WakeMed Fuquay-Varina Outpatient & Skilled Nursing Facility and WakeMed Outpatient Rehabilitation at Kraft Family YMCA and Alexander YMCA.

Fundraising Activities
The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital promote a number of special fundraising events and manage other sources of income. These activities produced $43,590.82 in revenue for the organization during the past 12 months.

Annual Golf Outing
The largest fundraiser managed by The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital is an annual charity golf outing. On October 15, 2012 our 14th annual golf outing was held at MacGregor Downs Country Club with 78 golfers participating. Susan Alvey, chairperson, and a hardworking committee of volunteers raised more than $18,165 with support from golfers, hole sponsors, major sponsorships and the sale of raffle tickets and mulligans.

Blossoms for Life
This is a year-round giving and fundraising program that provides an opportunity to honor or memorialize a friend or family member through a donation to The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Pam Ayars chaired Blossoms this year, and the ongoing campaign raised $2,312.10 from October 2012 to mid-September 2013.

Vendor Sales
The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital hosted six vendor sales this past fiscal year:

  • Masquerade (jewelry) sale on December 6, 2012 netted $869
  • Greg’s On-Site (shoes) sale on February 13, 2013 netted $3,831.54
  • 1st Uniforms (uniforms) sale on April 26, 2013 netted $2,364.53
  • Linen Master (home goods) sale on June 17, 2013 netted $1,083.38
  • 1st Uniforms (uniforms) sale on September 25, 2013 netted $3,315.89

Additional Revenue Sources:
An IBM gift of $500 was received on behalf of retired IBM employee and WakeMed Cary Hospital volunteer, Al Port. Notably, any IBM retiree can apply to IBM Community Grants program to request cash support for their volunteer organization.

A Bank of America Community gift of $500 was received on behalf of WakeMed Cary Hospital volunteer Susan ReCorr.

A Wal-Mart Community gift of $250 was received.

A gift of $100 was received on behalf of Richard Colby for Huggables.

WakeMed Gives
$980.74 from the annual giving campaign was designated by employees to be allocated to The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital to support our programs.

Infant Photo Contract
Working with Charlie’s Angels, the Volunteers received $5,329.34 from sales of baby photos to new parents and grandparents.

Special Projects and Donations:
Funds from annual fundraising events, donations and other revenue sources allow the Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital to support a number of important initiatives across the hospital system. Efforts for FY2013 included:

WakeMed Foundation - The Volunteers contributed $11,150 towards their $31,000 pledge to the WakeMed Cary Hospital restricted fund. This pledge supports future initiatives for expansion, programs or services at WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Rainbow Fund - In 2013, The Volunteers contributed $10,141.97 to provide medications to immediate-need children and adults who were not in a position to pay for their initial prescriptions.

Huggables/Hats – Purchase of supplies amounting to $3,500 went to support the efforts of sewing individuals/groups to make handmade items to be distributed to patients and families. $500 was from IBM and $250 was from Bank of America Community Grant Funds for a total of $750.

Other Funding Support:

  • WakeMed Fuquay-Varina (SNF), Garden Fund                                        $ 395.69
  • WakeMed Fuquay-Varina (SNF), Recreation Therapy                            $ 268.19
  • Tea for the Soul                                                                                              $ 233.01
  • WakeMed Cary Hospital Kraft YMCA, Cardiac Rehab Scholarships   $ 1,371.00
  • WakeMed Cary Hospital Perinatal Bereavement                                    $ 132.72
  • Spiritual Care Meditation Garden Design Fee                                         $ 1,500.00

Community Outreach:
Huggables/Hats - This year our Sewing volunteers contributed 34,397.25 hours to complete a total of 3,157 baby hats and 3,849 Huggables. Since the project began, there have been more than 28,940 hats and 47,143 dolls completed. Our volunteers and friends in the community have contributed many hours of love and care to knit, crochet, sew, quilt and stuff this year. Diane Boyer chaired the Huggables project and acted as liaison between The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital and our Sewing volunteers.

Hospitality Pets Program – The pet visitation program is thriving at WakeMed Cary Hospital. This year 19 teams averaged 246 visits a month for a grand total of 2,950 visits to patients on 2 East, 2West CVIC, 2W ICU, 2W MSIC, 3 West and WakeMed Fuquay-Varina Skilled Nursing Facility. More than 18,363 visits have been made since the program’s start at Cary Hospital in 2006.

President’s Remarks:

My first term as president of the WakeMed Cary Volunteer board has been a truly rewarding experience thanks to my amazing fellow board members and all the dedicated in-house and community volunteers (all 707 of you). I know that after reading all that we have accomplished this year, you realize how much of an impact that you do make at WakeMed Cary. Thank you for your energy, faithfulness, and support.

We are very fortunate to have such a devoted and caring volunteer staff. I would like to give special thanks to Jackie Kennedy, Dee Thompson, Tana Taylor and Susan Maiolo for their invaluable support and guidance this year. I also look forward to working with our new director of volunteer and retail services, Chris Gage, and to serving you for another exciting year.

Respectfully Submitted,
Bunny Thompson, President
The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital