Our Committees and Programs

The Auxiliary plays a vital role in helping Yale New Haven Hospital better serve our patients, support our community and fulfill the hospital’s mission. We sponsor programs that touch almost every patient. Our committees perform important work that helps improve life within the hospital and throughout the community. We’re continually looking for new ideas and ways to serve, and welcome your ideas, support and contribution.


The Atrium Gift Shop is filled with gifts, flowers and good wishes. Committee members are welcome to volunteer. There are many different jobs available, all under the guidance of a professional manager.

Yale New Haven Hospital York Street Campus - First Floor Atrium Lobby

Monday – Friday 6 am to 9 pm 
Saturday – Sunday 7:30 am to 9 pm

Sylvia Greene

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Flower Box Gardens
Working with local garden clubs and friends, you’ll help fill the flower boxes on several balconies. The committee meets four times per year to select seasonal themes and arrange for donations. 

Chair: Dana Brewer

Art Corridor
The Art Corridor at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Saint Raphael Campus is an incredible compilation of local artistry on display. Our committee members organize it all, from working with artists and visiting art exhibits to securing prospective exhibitors and assisting with hanging of the artwork display. If you have a knack and an appreciation for the arts, we invite you to join this exciting initiative alongside our dedicated group of volunteers.

Chair: Jane Snaider

Notes at Noon
It's lunch time. It's Friday. It's summertime. The Hunter Courtyard is filled with live music from local musicians. As a member of the Notes at Noon committee, everyone will applaud your efforts. You’ll work closely with local musicians of all types – jazz, rock, blues and more. You'll help coordinate the event and handle the logistics. This popular concert series is one of the summer's highlights!

Chair: Dana Brewer

Tree Lighting
The annual tree lighting has filled the hospital with the warmth and spirit of the holiday since 1986. If you’d like to participate, we’re eager to have as many helpers as we can.

Chair: Debbie Klotzer

Whether you'd like to pick up a last-minute "get well" gift or want to send a congratulatory "It's a Boy" balloon to a new Mom, the Glass Door Gift Shop has what you need. Committee members are welcome to volunteer. There are many different jobs available, all under the guidance of a professional manager

Saint Raphael Campus – Off Main Lobby Near Entrance

Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 7:30 pm 
Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm 
and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Co-Chairs: Ellen Highkin and Anne Marie Chuckrey

The Looking Forward Program, which is part of the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, directly funds services that help cancer patients cope with the many issues related to their treatment. Through the Integrative Medicine Department, patients are supported during their treatment with programs including energy balancing, yoga, massage therapy, guided imagery, medical Pilates, holistic nutrition and emotional support services. Donations to Looking Forward continue to support these and other important services for patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Co-Chairs: Andrea Polinsky and Patty Ferneini

As a member of this committee you will help recruit new members, plan membership events and rally member participation and spirit. The range of activities allows you to participate at your convenience and as your schedule allows. Additional benefits of membership include an invitation to the Auxiliary's annual dinner, a subscription to the Auxiliary newsletter and invitations to special events throughout the year.

Chair: Peggy DeZinno

Co-Chair: Alyce Block 

Funds received by the Auxiliary allow us to provide grants to Yale New Haven Hospital departments for initiatives that support patient care but are not included in the Hospital’s budget. Project Grants Committee members help solicit, receive and evaluate grant proposals. On average, grants totaling nearly $115,000 were made by the Auxiliary to a variety of areas throughout the Hospital each year. These funds were generated by a number of sources including fundraising activities and proceeds from the gift shops and Toy Closet Golf Outing.

Co-Chair: Beverly Lewis

Co-Chair: Ellie Jones 

Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary offers a number of $2, 000 scholarships to area students who are planning to pursue a career in a health-related profession. Scholarship Committee members review the applications received and select who will receive the funds.

Chair: Anne Andrews

The goal of this committee is to help set the course for the Auxiliary. It evaluates future opportunities, makes revisions to by-laws, and provides direction to help the Auxiliary better serve patients and families.

Chair: Cathi Greenstein 

Co-Chair: Sylvia Greene 


The Thrift Shop at Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is centrally located at Chapel and Orchard Streets. Managed by the Auxiliary, the shop accepts gently used clothing appropriate to the season, clean and in good condition. It also accepts costume jewelry, accessories and small housewares. Many items are priced at $5 or less. Proceeds from the shop benefit the hospital. The Thrift Shop is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm. Committee members are welcome to volunteer.

For more information, call 203-789-3312.

Chair: Jane Snaider 


The Toy Closet Program provides new toys to pediatric inpatients at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and Emergency Department patients and outpatients at various care sites. The committee helps coordinate and manage this highly successful program.

Chair: Diane Petra

Co-Chair: Maureen Hebert

Emerita Chair: Marjan Wackers

Donate to the Toy Closet