President’s Message: A Note of Appreciation for Our Volunteers

Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary members

This week is National Volunteer Week, and though the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has kept our team of dedicated volunteers out of the hospital in recent weeks, we remain grateful for all they have done for our community.  

AAMC President Sherry Perkins shares her appreciation for our auxilians and volunteers.

To our wonderful auxilians and volunteers,

This week, we celebrate National Volunteer Week. Though our halls are not currently bustling with auxilians and volunteers, we at Anne Arundel Medical Center want to honor your efforts and express our gratitude for everything you do.

Just weeks ago, your smiles were the first introductions our patients had to AAMC as they walked through our doors. You provided a warm and welcome distraction when families popped into the gift shop. You supported our staff all over the hospital and beyond by providing an extra component of care and compassion to patients and their families. I know those days will come again.

The history of volunteerism here at AAMC has deep-seated roots. When a donated farmhouse developed into our downtown Franklin Street location in the early 1900s, we received incredible support from our community. Now, many years later, and more than ever, we rely on that help. I learned the meaning of an auxiliary in my first 10 years at AAMC – you set the bar for what a Blue Crew looks like! Thank you for teaching me. I’m so proud to be back and work and lead with you.

Our community members, including many of you, have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by coming together to make masks for patients, procuring valuable personal protective equipment for our staff, donating food to feed our health care heroes, and working to ensure we can make it through this crisis together. We thank you.

Volunteers and auxilians strengthen our organization’s mission to enhance the health of the people we serve. Your assistance in providing patient and family centered, high-quality care is part of what makes AAMC unique.

I want you to know how much we appreciate you. And when we come through this, we all look forward to seeing you back in our hallways and beyond again. We miss you terribly.

We all love our Blue Crew. And cannot wait to welcome you back with that Blue Crew chant.

My deepest thanks and warmest regards for all you do,