Carle Auxilians do more than volunteer their time and service – they’re part of an organization with a long history of financial contribution. The Auxiliary sponsors a variety of fundraising activities and businesses that lead to thousands of dollars in donations for hospital needs and scholarships for students entering the medical field.
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Celebrating 50 Years of Service
The Carle Auxiliary was founded in 1959 by a group of dedicated and energetic women, led by founding president Mrs. Jean Mussey. Its purpose has always been to serve in any capacity, as volunteers, to assure the comfort and well-being of the hospital's patients and their families.
- In 1959, the first year of operation saw the beginning of the sundries cart, information desk, patient service, remembrance roll, gift shop, coffee shop and bookmobile.
- In 1961, the candy striper program was initiated.
- In 1970, Auxilians assisted in the emergency room for the first time, and the following year the surgical waiting room hostess project began.
- In 1974, men became a part of the Auxiliary.
- In 1987, services were expanded to include intensive care units, and by then the coffee shop and gift shop had become significant businesses.
- In 2003, the Carle Auxiliary Guest House opened its doors to families and loved ones of Carle Foundation Hospital patients.
As the needs of the hospital have changed, the Auxiliary's service areas have changed. Although hours of service is still the primary aim, the Auxiliary has also contributed major gifts to the hospital. Since 1961, the Auxiliary has donated more than $2.1 million to Carle Foundation Hospital.
For a full list of departments accepting volunteers, please view the volunteer opportunity descriptions.
For more information about the Auxiliary, contact volunteer services at (217) 383-3025 or by email.
Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique and Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop are fundraising projects of Carle. Proceeds from sales at both stores will fund the Carle Auxiliary Guest House, student scholarships, baby shirts for newborns, Professional Excellence Awards to Carle nurses and other philanthropic projects.
Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique
Staffed by Carle Auxiliary volunteers, Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique carries a wide variety of new and gently used merchandise secured from many sources including Carle Employees, hospital benefactors and members from the surrounding communities.
Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique is located on the corner of University and Lincoln Avenues, in Urbana. The entrance is located on Lincoln Avenue, just north of the University and Lincoln intersection.
Hours of operation:
- Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Closed Sunday and Monday
Tax deductible donations of your gently used items can only be made during our store hours.
We accept: clothing and shoes in good, clean condition, household items, home décor, books, DVD's and CD's, small working electrical items, jewelry, linens, holiday items, antiques, games and puzzles
We cannot accept: furniture, toys, computers and printers, mattresses and pillows, baby car seats or cribs, chemicals and paint, exercise equipment, text books and encyclopedias, drapes, rods and blinds, televisions, microwaves and Christmas trees over 3 feet.
Payment: Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique accepts cash, credit cards, debit cards and checks.
Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop
Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop is located inside the hospital's Orchard Street entrance. The Gift Shop sells gifts, flowers, cards, candy, magazines, newspaper and toiletries.
Hours of operation:
- Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m . - 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.
Please note that the gift shop is closed on all major holidays.
Individuals who wish to send a gift to a friend or loved one can visit Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop online.
Items from the gift shop are only available for delivery to current patients at Carle Foundation Hospital and employees at Carle Foundation Hospital's main campus in Urbana, IL. Orders placed online before 3 p.m. (CST) Monday through Friday will be delivered on the day the order is placed.
Orders placed online after 3 p.m. (CST) Monday through Thursday will be delivered the following day.
Orders placed online after 3 p.m. (CST) Friday or on a Saturday or Sunday will not be delivered until the following Monday. To ensure weekend delivery, please place your order by telephone at (217) 383-3306.