The volunteer auxiliary at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has a long history of service in South Boston and the surrounding area.

In 1953, a group of 51 local women established an organization that would eventually be known as the auxiliary of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

As volunteers, these individuals recognized a need in their community and put a plan into place to fill that need.

Today, not only do the volunteer staff meet the needs of the hospital by volunteering to deliver newspapers and balloons, shuttling patients and their families to and from the parking area in the hospital golf cart and running the front desk to help visitors find what they need, they also continue to raise funds for scholarship programs, health care equipment and necessary renovations throughout the hospital.

Leigh Moore, volunteer coordinator and the point of contact for all volunteers at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, recognizes the importance of what the volunteers do every day and appreciates their sacrifice of time and dedication.

“I am very fortunate to work with these extraordinary volunteers who selflessly give thousands of hours to our organization every year to help our patients and their families,” said Moore.

On Feb. 14, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital Auxiliary celebrated over 20,600 hours of service by volunteers in 2018. A total of 42 volunteers were recognized for lifetime hour achievements.

Anyone who might be interested in becoming a volunteer or those who want to learn more about volunteering at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital may call Moore at 434-517-3422.