In the heart of every community, there are individuals who give their time, talents and money to make Meridian and Lauderdale County a better place to live. At Rush, there are at least two outlets that spotlight this generous spirit of volunteerism.

Rush Hospital Auxiliary
The Rush Hospital Auxiliary, formerly known as "the Pink Ladies," has set the standard for volunteerism at Rush for over thirty years. Although most of their duties center around the needs of hospital patients and their families, they're also deeply involved in community projects.

You'll see them holding bake sales or raffles to raise funds for charity clothes closets or local schools. You'll see them helping to make hospital stays for patients and families more comfortable, such as their efforts in creating a video entertainment center for cancer patients. And, you'll see them lending their support to the United Way or at events like the American Cancer society's Relay for Life.

Members of the Going the Extra Mile (GEMs) club, a group of about 200 current staff members, lend their support to a variety of causes throughout the Meridian area. They participate in many fundraising or awareness events for causes that impact the entire community: the Relay for Life, the Diabetes Walk and the Alzheimer's Memory Walk, to name a few. They also lend their practical skills and abilities for Habitat for Humanity project houses and the annual United Way Day of Caring.

Rush team members are also at the forefront in giving to the United Way. Since concerted efforts to encourage pledges began a few years ago, team members have made Rush one of the largest contributors to the United Way of Lauderdale County, giving consistently in excess of $60,000 a year.

For more information about Rush Volunteers, call 601-703-9237.