Kirby Medical Center Auxiliary

Piatt County Volunteer & Fundraising Opportunities

The Kirby Auxiliary is a group of more than 200 volunteers dedicated to supporting Kirby Medical Center. Auxiliary members participate in a variety of service and fundraising activities.

Gift Shop

The Auxiliary operates a gift shop in the promenade of Kirby Medical Center which offers all types of merchandise. The profits from the gift shop are donated to the hospital equipment fund each year and have been used to purchase monitoring equipment, a machine used for processing x-rays, defibrillators, and much more. Through the efforts of Auxiliary volunteers, Kirby Medical Center can contain costs and ensure a high level of quality.

At the gift shop, visitors can buy:

  • Candy
  • Clothing
  • Greeting cards
  • Home décor items
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Collectibles
  • Jewelry
  • Books
  • And more

Fundraising & Volunteer Services

Each year the Kirby Auxiliary provides scholarships of at least $1,000 each to Piatt County students who are pursuing their college education in a medical field.

Auxiliary members provide free blood pressure screenings each Tuesday morning at Kirby Medical Center; they also volunteer their time for American Red Cross blood drives, held every eight weeks. Every month, the Auxiliary members make more than 125 telephone calls to CareLink clients, to verify that their emergency call equipment is working properly.

The Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts take on many forms: thrift sales twice each year, an annual Card Party for members and guests, the Country Pantry bake sale held each year in concurrence with the Monticello Christmas Parade, and various product sales and events.
All these activities provide funds for the Auxiliary's annual donation to the medical center. The Kirby Auxiliary welcomes new members at any time. Annual dues are $10, payable each June. A lifetime membership is $100.

Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary is asked to stop by the Gift Shop at Kirby Medical Center for an application or talk to any auxiliary member for information. Or, download the brochure and application here.

Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are available to Piatt County students pursuing careers in health-related fields. Also a resident of Piatt County who has changed his/her field of study to the health field or who is returning to school in the health field would be eligible to apply. A student who is in good standing may reapply annually and may receive the Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship for up to, but not to exceed, three years or six (6) semesters at an approved institution. Each scholarship will be at least $1,000. The program first began in 1974 and has afforded hundreds of young people an opportunity to follow their dreams.

Application deadline for this year's scholarships was April 15, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Karen Ewald at or at (217) 840-7923 for more information.

The 2020 scholarship application will be available online beginning February 1, 2020.