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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.

Why Apply for the Auxiliary Grant

Through this program, the VCU Medical Center Auxiliary annually funds dozens of team member driven projects that improve patient comfort and experience and/or support and educate team members.

The grant program is open to all VCU Medical Center team members. The VCU Medical Center Auxiliary is specifically looking for projects that benefit one of the 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

Application Requirements and How to Apply

Applications open May 1, 2024.

If you have questions regarding the grant program please email the VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Grant Administrator.

2023 Auxiliary Awards

The VCU Medical Center Auxiliary funded 68 projects for a combined total of $303,646.99. Projects included comfort carts and toys, care packages for pediatric ICU patients, educational resources, and summer camp for kids with diabetes. View a list of the 2023 funded projects.

Team members at the 2023 VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Awards

Team members at the 2023 VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Awards

Team members at the 2023 VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Awards

Team members at the 2023 VCU Medical Center Auxiliary Awards

Photos from the July 13 VCUMC Auxiliary Grant Awards Ceremony

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 VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center Patients.” President Ginny little looks on.