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 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: Edie Kufta

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: Open

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

As a member of the Finance Committee, you’ll work with the Board of Managers to help prepare the annual budget, the monthly treasurer reports and help make financial recommendations.

Chair: Chris Dowling 

Co-Chair: Maureen Herbert 

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, 11 am - 4 pm 
and Sunday, 12 - 3 pm

Co-Chairs: Ellen Highkin and Annemarie Chuckrey

The role of ths committee is to help educate the public on current health and wellness topics through free lectures and other outreach programs. We are actively seeking members and welcome new ideas and thinking.

Chair: Cathi Greenstein

The Marketing Committee helps guide the Auxiliary in developing a program which will help increase awareness of the Auxiliary’s efforts, both in the hospital and the community in which it serves. There are many different ways to accomplish this, so if you have any desire to be creative in your thinking then this may be the committee to satisfy those ambitions. 

Chair: David Gannon

On 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 Atrium Newsletter and invitations to special events and educational lectures throughout the year.

Chair: Peggy DeZinno

Funds received by the Auxiliary allow us to provide grants to Yale New Haven Hospital departments for any patient help and support that is not included in the Hospital’s budget. Project Grants Committee members help solicit, receive and evaluate grant proposals. In 2015, grants totaling nearly $115,000 were made by the Auxiliary to a variety of areas throughout the Hospital. These funds were generated by a number of sources including fundraising activities and proceeds from the gift shops and Toy Closet Golf Outing.

Chair: Beverly Lewis

Co-Chair: Ellie Jones 

Maybe you have a flare for marketing or a way with words. You understand how to generate enthusiasm in the community. As a member of the Public Relations committee, you can help create awareness of our programs and activities, while helping publish the Auxiliary newsletter and updating our pages on the YNHH website.

Chair: Jane Snaider

Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary offers a number of $1,500 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.

Co-Chairs: Dolores Zamparo and Anne Andrews

Throughout the year, the Auxiliary sponsors special events, annual meetings and a host of other occasions. If you love to throw a party and help see to it that everyone’s engaged and happy, you’ll find this committee to be a lot of fun.

Chair: Betty LaBonia 

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: Karen Anderson

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 clothing appropriate to the season, clean and in good condition. 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.

Chairs: Jane Snaider 

The Toy Closet Program provides new toys to pediatric inpatients at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital and outpatients at locations both within and outside the Children's Hospital. The committee helps coordinate and manage this highly successful program.

Chair: Diane Petra

Co-Chair: Maureen Hebert

Emerita Chair: Marjan Wackers

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