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Geisinger auxiliaries make a difference

Philanthropy is an important part of Geisinger tradition. It is how we started and how we continue to grow. And, it is how we continue to thrive. Throughout the year, Geisinger provides opportunities to help enhance our capacity, to investigate and inspire, to educate and to heal, and to redefine the boundaries of healthcare.

One of the ways we do this is through the Geisinger Auxiliaries. Each auxiliary organization works with local hospital/medical center leadership to promote a positive patient care environment. Through their volunteer services and fundraising efforts, the auxiliaries support the mission of each hospital/medical center they serve, promoting, restoring and improving the health of the surrounding community.

If you want to make a difference, meet new people and donate your time and talents to make Geisinger even better, consider joining one of our auxiliaries as a member.

Unique giving opportunities through the auxiliaries are also available for individuals and businesses that are deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of those who live and work in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact Linda Vaji, director of system events and volunteer management, at or 570-214-2581.

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

The Auxiliary at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital (GBH), Bloomsburg, Pa., is comprised of more than 280 members who have dedicated over 100,000 volunteer hours to promote a positive patient care environment.

Each year the auxiliary coordinates several fundraising events that make it possible for them to donate $15,000 - $25,000 annually to the hospital. Current projects include:

  • A Vintage Affair, A Wine Pairing Event
  • Hospital gift shop
  • Holiday and Mother's Day flower sales
  • Volunteering at the front desk and in the emergency department

The efforts of the auxiliary are prominent throughout the campus of Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and the surrounding area. Through fundraising efforts, the auxiliary has helped secure new medical equipment, including an emergency airway cart for the emergency department and ICU, otoscope/ophthalmoscope, equipment to improve patient care in the short procedure department, as well as support numerous women's health initiatives.

Volunteers are always needed to help the auxiliary in one of their many activities. Opportunities include:

  • Board positions
  • Decoration and historian positions
  • A Vintage Affair, A Wine Pairing Event committee

Geisinger Community Medical Center

For more than 30 years, the Auxiliary at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC), Scranton, Pa., has worked to promote and benefit the hospital and community it serves.

Each year, the auxiliary organizes various fundraising events for the purpose of financially supporting the hospital and improving patient care services. Current projects include:

  • Calendar, basket and 50/50 raffles
  • Hoagie and pretzel sales
  • Mother's Day plant and flower sales

The auxiliary touches as many hospital departments as possible with their annual donation in order to enhance the patient's experience and care, regardless of what part of the hospital they visit. Past donations have made it possible to purchase vital sign monitors for four nursing departments and continue the 'Plush Petey Frogs' program for pediatric patients. In 2013, the auxiliary awarded nearly $20,000 to various projects throughout the hospital.

Volunteers are always needed to help the auxiliary in one of their many activities. Opportunities include:

  • Event volunteers
  • Leadership positions

Geisinger Medical Center

For more than 45 years, the Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), Danville, Pa., has dedicated itself to supporting the projects and initiatives of GMC to provide the best possible patient care. Since its inception, the auxiliary has helped to raise millions of dollars for the medical center and other programs that touch many lives.

Each year, the auxiliary holds several fundraising events and service-oriented programs that rely on the talents of our volunteers. Current projects include:

  • Abigail's Attic, a consignment and thrift store in downtown Danville
  • Holiday Craft Sale
  • Fashion Show
  • Lighting Up Tomorrow Gala
  • Miracle Square Gift Shop
  • Take Aim for Charity Trap Shoot

The efforts of the auxiliary have made a significant impact across the campus of Geisinger Medical Center and the surrounding community. For example, in 2013 the auxiliary distributed more than $370,000 to over 22 programs and services. Some of these projects included Camp Victory, Mission Cataract, as well as an interactive patient system to help improve the care given at GMC.

Volunteers are always needed to help the auxiliary in one of their many activities. Opportunities include:

  • Gala and Trap Shoot committees
  • Abigail's Attic and Miracle Square Gift Shop
  • Craft group
  • Board positions
  • New project ideas and coordination

Abigail's Attic

Your boutique on a budget
Abigail's Attic is operated by the Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and proceeds benefit GMC and residents of the surrounding communities. The store is a consignment and thrift shop with a "boutique" look. You can shop in an air-conditioned, clean environment featuring private dressing rooms.

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always available to assist you. Abigail's Attic includes everything from business and special occasion wear, to maternity and children's clothing, small household items, jewelry, shoes and handbags.

Donations can be made on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. For those who would like to place an item on consignment, there is a small membership fee of $5 per year. Consignment items are accepted on Wednesdays.

In addition to supporting the auxiliary, Abigail's Attic also responds to community needs by donating clothing from the store to non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross, community churches and other social services.

Abigail's Attic
322-324 Mill St.
Danville, PA 17821

Hours of operation
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m - 3 p.m.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

The Friends of Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, Lewistown, Pa., is a volunteer organization committed to providing quality services, programs, philanthropic advancement and fundraising for Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and the Juniata Valley.

Women, men, and youth who join Friends of Geisinger Lewistown Hospital make lasting friendships while providing essential assistance, support and financial aid for many of the hospital's needs. If you are interested in meeting and helping people, there are many opportunities to contribute both time and financial resources. You may be as active as your time and level of commitment permit.

In the last fiscal year, the friends raised more than $47,000 through diverse fundraising projects.

Volunteers are always needed to help the auxiliary in one of their many activities. Opportunities include:

  • Annual charity golf tournament
  • Community outreach events/health promotion
  • Scholarship committee
  • Opportunities for hospital volunteer participation (both patient and non-patient contact)
  • Nightingale Gift Shop

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital

The Auxiliary at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township, Pa., is a dedicated group that continues to support healthcare needs in the Shamokin region.

Each year, the auxiliary organizes fundraising events that help to underwrite expenses for improved patient care. Current projects include:

  • Basket raffle as part of the Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital's Crab Fest
  • Craft and bake sale
  • Corner Shop Gift Shop

Throughout its history, this auxiliary has raised necessary funds to purchase specialized equipment, complete facility renovations, and support other patient-focused projects.

In 2013, the auxiliary supported recreational therapy needs for the geriatric psychiatric unit, equipment for physical therapy and multimedia equipment for the emergency department.

Volunteers are always needed to help the auxiliary in one of their many activities. Opportunities include:

  • Board members
  • Crafters
  • New project ideas and coordination

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

The Auxiliary at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV), Wilkes-Barre, Pa., shares a strong tradition of community service and interest in providing resources to the patients served by their respective care facilities. Powered by the energy of volunteers, the group is dedicated to promoting good will for Geisinger and its associated programs in northeast Pennsylvania.

The auxiliary provides services to patients at GWV and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre (GSWB) and hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. Current projects include:

  • Calendar raffles
  • Geisinger Northeast Gala
  • Gift shops at GWV and GSWB
  • 25 Church Street, A Repeat Boutique

Having reached their goal in 2014 to raise and donate $1 million to open and support the first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Luzerne County - subsequently named The Tambur Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - the auxiliary's efforts have improved patient care in the Wyoming Valley region in a significant way. The auxiliary looks forward to making a positive impact across numerous patient-focused programs and services throughout GWV in the coming years.

Volunteers are always needed to help the auxiliary in one of their many activities. Opportunities include:

  • Committee members
  • Event volunteers
  • Gala committee
  • Gift Shop and Repeat Boutique

25 Church Street, A Repeat Boutique

25 Church Street, A Repeat Boutique is a re-sale retail shop for the community. Located at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, the shop accepts gently used and vintage clothing, toys, jewelry, accessories and collectibles for resale. Donation receipts for tax purposes are available. To volunteer or to donate, call 570-808-8920.

Hours of operation:
Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information about getting involved with one of Geisinger's Auxiliary organizations, contact Linda Vaji at or 570-214-2581.