The Carle Auxiliary

The 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.


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.

Our Milestones

  • 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 clinical opportunity descriptions.

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For more information about the Auxiliary, contact Megan Holland at (217) 383-6701 or by email.


Shop Auxiliary

The Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique and The 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.

The 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.

The 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 and Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Closed Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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.


The Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop

The Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop is located inside the main 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.

Payment: Carle Auxiliary Resale Boutique accepts cash, credit cards, debit cards and checks.

Individuals who wish to send a gift to a friend or loved one can visit the 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.


Carle Auxiliary Guest House

The Carle Auxiliary and The Carle Foundation built the Guest House to provide a "home away from home" for families of hospitalized patients. The Guest House features 12 bedrooms with private baths, a comfortable living room, communal kitchen, dining room and laundry facilities. Two of the rooms are ADA compliant. Other features include direct phone lines to key Carle departments, computer access and elevators. The House is staffed 24 hours a day by a resident caretaker. The Auxiliary also plays an important hospitality role, making guests comfortable and assisting them with personal needs.

The traditional-style two-story home sits on two lots with adjacent parking. The location is at the corner of Orchard and Church, with a view of Crystal Lake Park and the fastest possible access to the Hospital.

The Carle Foundation Hospital Auxiliary has a long history of serving Carle patients and staff with both service and financial contributions. The Auxiliary made an initial contribution of $300,000 to the project and continue to rely on charitable gifts to Carle Center for Philanthropy to cover the annual operational costs of the House. If you are interested in making a gift to the Guest House, please click here.

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