Block Named President of DGH Auxiliary

Vera Block of Woolford, newly elected president of the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, joined the auxiliary at the invitation of a friend.

“I was looking for a way to get involved in my new community,” says Block, who retired and moved to the Eastern Shore from Belair in 2006. “A friend from church, who is an auxiliary member, told me that they were looking for volunteers at the Robin Hood Shop, our resale shop in Cambridge. Having worked at a thrift shop in Belair, the Robin Hood Shop was the perfect fit for me because I enjoy serving and working with the public.”

Before she retired, Block was a business woman for 35 years, working for Verizon for 25 years and in the banking industry for 10 years before that. She began her Verizon career as a customer service representative then later worked in the field, installing home telephone lines. Upon her promotion to management, she taught pole climbing and safe driving. Back in the office, she was a service supervisor and ended her career in the engineering department as a central office equipment engineer and planner.

“I’m excited to get back into the business world,” Block says. “I like that I will be working with friends that I have made as a volunteer during the last two years.”

Block continues, “Before I came to the DGH auxiliary, I didn’t know anything about hospitals. In fact, I’d only been in the hospital once and that was when I had a baby. I have the utmost respect for the experienced volunteers, many of whom are retired nurses. I have a lot to learn from them about health care and how the auxiliary can best serve the hospital.”

Block has two priorities as she begins her one-year term as president of the DGH Auxiliary. The first is supporting the volunteers who are taking steps to make the Hospitality Gift Shop at Dorchester General Hospital a profitable retail operation. Improvements are already underway. The shop recently got a facelift and is now stocked with a new line of reasonably priced gift items and attractive fashion accessories.

Her other priority is finding creative ways to recruit more volunteers. She even has a name for her recruiting campaign. “I call it ‘Each one reach one,’” Block says. “We need volunteers in the hospital, at the Robin Hood Shop and in the Hospitality Shop. We can increase our membership if every member reaches out to one person and brings him or her in as a volunteer.”

Block adds, “You don’t need to put in a lot of time to be an auxiliary volunteer. A couple of hours that fit into your schedule are all that it takes to help out. And we’re flexible when our volunteers need time off.”

In addition to her commitment to the DGH Auxiliary, Block is a member of the Eastern Shore Hospital Auxiliary and is a teacher for the God’s Kids program at the Milton United Methodist Church.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary, contact Vera Block at 410-228-1963.