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VCU Medical Center Auxiliary

The VCU Medical Center Auxiliary provides support to VCU Medical Center’s patients, visitors and staff through service, fundraising and other activities. We also offer an inviting and supportive environment to encourage volunteers in their service.

The Auxiliary is affiliated with the medical center’s Volunteer Services, which coordinates volunteer activities for both adults and students. We welcome current and new volunteers to attend meetings held throughout the year to provide fellowship and education for members.

Funds are raised through the Three Bears Gift Shop, vendor sales and special events like our Dancing With the Richmond Stars competition. At holiday time, the Auxiliary sponsors the Love Light Tree, offering a special way for donors to honor or remember a loved one. Proceeds from the Love Light Tree benefit the programs and services at VCU Medical Center.

Grant Program

Each year, the VCU Medical Center Auxiliary generously funds projects that bring incredible value to VCU Medical Center, the flagship of VCU Health. These initiatives range from improving the comfort of our patients to supporting and educating our fellow team members. Departments and entities within the VCU Medical Center in Richmond are eligible. Grant applications are encouraged if they benefit one of the medical center’s strategic initiatives, including:

  • Patient satisfaction and customer service
  • Establishing a culture of safety and excellence
  • Commitment to adequate and timely service
  • Transformation through information technology service
  • Financial performance
  • Workforce development
  • Strategic innovations
  • Community partnerships

For the 2022 Auxiliary Grant cycle, the VCU Medical Center Auxiliary funded 70 team member-driven grants with a contribution of $402,470.80. View a list of funded projects.

Questions? You can contact the VCUMC Auxiliary Grant Administrator at VCUMCAuxGrants@VCUHealth.org.

Photos from the July 13 VCUMC Auxiliary Grant Awards Ceremony, College of Health Professions Auditorium

Photo Credits: VCU, University Marketing, Kevin Morley

VCU Medical Center Auxiliary team members

Nancy Gee (far left with envelope) accepts a VCUMC Auxiliary Grant for “Dogs on Call,” while “Hairy Harry” and handler Kathy Albers steal the spotlight. JoAnn Burton (middle left) and Ginny Little from the auxiliary awarded 70 grants totaling $402,470.80. Dogs on Call is a therapy program for hospital patients, staff, students and visitors at VCU Medical Center.


Cathy Van Drew receives a grant for “Comprehensive Development Care for NICU Patients” from JoAnn Burton, VCUMC auxiliary grants manager.


Erica Jackson receives a grant for “Pediatric Outpatient Clothing Closet.” JoAnn Burton (left) and Ginny Little of the VCUMC auxiliary preside over the ceremony.


Katie Barnes (right) gets a big hug from JoAnn Burton, VCUMC Auxiliary grants manager, as she accepts a grant for “Mindfulness Meditation for Massey Cancer Center Patients.” President Ginny little looks on.